We all know that human beings would never have existed if the earth was not created. Nevertheless, we are all set to destroy the planet and its resources faster than ever. The biggest problem is that a lot of people have that “ Oh well, by the time the planet is destroyed, I would probably be dead by then! “ mentality and never accept to compromise by changing their habits.
Seeing this beautiful planet turn into a human waste pit should have been a devasting sight. This planet is home to many humans as well as other living beings such as plants and animals. We should all contribute in our own way in order to keep this planet safe for our future generation.
You don’t have to make any major changes in your life to help the earth. Even a little action from your side is of great help. Below are some ways in which you can contribute :
1. Drink water from the tap
In the United States alone, over 2 million plastic bottles are thrown away every hour. Just imagine the amount it comes to at the end of the year. That’s enough to pollute the environment. Even though the plastic can be recycled, it is better to avoid this situation and save money by drinking directly from a tap. If you are paranoid about the water quality in your area, investing in a water filter is a great idea. If none of those ideas work for you, buy a reusable water bottle with a built-in filter.
2. Do laundry with cold or warm water
You can regulate your water machine to use cold water instead of hot one while doing a full load laundry. You might not be aware but in some washing machines, around 90 percent of electrical energy is wasted while generating hot water. This has a huge impact on your electricity bills and energy footprint. That is why it is better to switch to cold or warm.
3. Carry your own bag
About trillion of single-use plastic bags are used each year worldwide. This is a ridiculously high number. It is quite a shame that only 10 percent of that plastic use is recycled while the rest of them end up in landfills, the ocean or on the land where they are killing thousands of animals. Plastic is harmful to our wildlife. In order to avoid this, you can purchase a set of reusable grocery bags or carry a bag that you pre-own.
4. Think before you buy
Being a consumer only means that you have a choice while you are out for shopping. It is always important to ask yourself if you really need something before splurging your money on it. You should take a moment to consider products and companies that attempt to lessen their eco-footprint.
5. Go paperless when possible
With the progress of technology, most of your bills can be paid online now. You should make great use of that service. It is also a good idea to recycle all your mail or newspapers. Make sure that when you compost your paper, it does not contain any toxic inks or materials.
6. Save water whenever you get the opportunity
There is no reason to let the water flow while brushing your teeth or shaving. Be aware of how much time you spend in the shower as well. Water is vital for human’s survival. Clean water is a resource that needs to be preserved. We are so careless that we did not notice that clean water is getting scarce day by day.
7. Spend some time outside
Having direct contact with nature will give you more reasons to keep it greener. Nature is the best way to keep ourselves distracted or stress-free. Spending time in nature is worthwhile. Take care of a plant or go on a hike, no matter what it is important to keep in touch with the green world. It is good for the soul. Nature lovers are always happy people.
8. Make use of a recycling bin
80 percent of the population of the United States has access to some form of recycling. Nevertheless, only 35 percent of households and 10 percent of businesses actually invest their time into recycling. If you have access to recycling at your place, please make use of it. You can also practice source reduction which means that you can cut down on items you are purchasing that need to be recycled.
9. Spread the word
Spreading awareness about living the eco-friendly life is a great way to sensibilize people. On top of that, now you can do so with the help of social media. Take a moment and make people aware of how easy it is to go green and why it is of utmost importance to do so.