Tired of living a wasteful lifestyle and are resolved to live a more Eco-friendly lifestyle this new year? Well, you might feel a little overwhelmed about all of the big changes in your life ans that is totally fine. Starting something new can be stressful when you are unsure where to begin. Rest assured, you have already completed the most difficult step – deciding to make a change. Focus on smaller changes you can make easily before you tackle the more difficult steps of your Eco-friendly resolution. Here are 10 easy and small changes you can make in your everyday life to help live a more Eco-friendly lifestyle:
1 | Eat local and shop local.
Prioritize farmers markets and local shops and avoid supermarkets whenever possible. Transporting food and other products to conventional stores require huge amounts of fossil fuel energy!
2 |Use Paper Less And Recycle More.
The world we live in today is much more reliant on computers and digital technology. It is easy to go a day without using a notebook or even a piece of paper. The less paper you use, the less paper needs to be produced and the more trees that get to fill our forests. If it is essential for you to use paper at your job or at school, you can still make a difference by recycling the paper you do use. Today, more than 40 percent of municipal solid waste is paper and paper products. It takes less energy to create paper through recycled and used sheets than by creating ‘virgin’ paper. Recycling is easy and one of the best ways to live green.
3 |Use natural light
Utilize natural light coming into your home during the daytime. There’s no need to turn on all the lights in a room if you can see one another! You could also open the curtains and keep windows unobstructed to allow light in. So easy, right?
4 |Use Canvas Bags Instead Of Plastic
Most stores offer a canvas bag alternative to their wasteful generic plastic and paper bags. A canvas bag is sturdier than a traditional plastic or paper bag and can hold more goods. A canvas bag can also be used to store items or pack items when moving – making it useful in more than one way. Even if you don’t use canvas bags, reusing plastic bags is a great way to live more Eco-friendly. Just use your plastic bags in small garbage cans throughout your home, or recycle your used grocery bag! Every small change can make a huge difference.
5 |Digital or eco-friendly transactions.
Before you buy anything, ask yourself if there is a more environmentally friendly alternative. For example, newspapers and books can be read online and many beauty products are available in eco-friendly alternatives. Investigate your options. Getting in the habit of thinking in such a way will be difficult at first but the more you do it, the more natural it will become and the more you’ll reduce your carbon footprint. You’ll improve the environment for yourself and everyone around you.
6 | Drink from the tap.
Bottled water adds more than one million tonnes of plastic to the waste stream every single year. While many people drink exclusively bottled water because they believe it’s safer, truth is bottles is often just filled with city water supplies anyways.
Don’t like the taste? Start filtering with charcoal!
7 | Rely less on your car.
Many of us are privileged to live in areas where everything we need is within walking distance. Bike to work when the weather’s good and carpool whenever possible.
If you’re going longer distances, rely on mass transit options like city buses and light rail systems!
8| Purchase The Right Light Bulb.
Don’t run out today and replace all of your light bulbs even though they are still working, but the next time one of your light bulbs burns out replace it with a more Eco-friendly brand. Replace your old bulb with a compact fluorescent light. CFL bulbs can last more than five times longer and use much less electricity than regular incandescent light bulbs. Plus, they are brighter, which means you might able to get away with using less lamps in your home!
9| Borrow Instead Of Buying.
It is easy to waste money on things that you can easily borrow. Rent movies, borrow books from libraries and buy secondhand goods when at all possible. By purchasing and using pre-owned items, you reduce those items that need to be kept in a landfill and save yourself money. Living green doesn’t mean you have to settle for less, many items that you find in a used-goods store are just as good as the original. Search the web or explore your town for some neat items.
10 | Purchase fair-trade, organic, and sustainable goods.
Fair Trade and Organic designations tell you that the item you are purchasing was created in a sustainable, healthy manner, and that the local people creating it receive fair compensation for their products.
If you’re a coffee drinker, look for the designation “shade-grown,” which means the coffee was grown while keeping forest habitats intact for local species.
Learn more about the advantages of hiring an Eco-Friendly Business.