Turn Out the Lights
Save energy by turning out lights when you leave a room or when you aren’t using them. Besides saving energy this can help cut down on light pollution. To determine if you should turn the light out, check out this guide by the Department of Energy.
Get a Reusable Water Bottle
Each day more than 60 million water bottles are thrown away in the US alone. Get a reusable water bottle to carry with you and refill as needed. If you don’t like the tap water at home you can buy a filter for it.
Use Reusable Bags
Avoid plastic bags at all costs as these are very difficult to recycle and cannot break down in a landfill. Although paper bags are a better choice as they can be easily recycled, reduce resources even more by bringing a reusable bag to the store with you. While reducing waste, these can carry more weight and are easier to carry.
It’s impossible to live without water, but just be smart about your consumption. Don’t leave the tap running while brushing teeth or doing dishes; try to take shorter showers; and fix leaks. Just be mindful of how much you use to minimize waste.
Red meat production is responsible for 10 – 40 times as many greenhouse emissions as vegetables and grains. Going vegetarian is better for the environment and is kinder to the animals that share our planet. If you still eat meat, try to reduce consumption and eat only local, organic meat and grass fed if possible. This will reduce your carbon footprint and is often a more humane choice for the animals.
Think Before you Trash
Before you throw something away, think of your other options. Can you reuse, refurbish or recycle this product? Could it be better served if donated or sold? Items like batteries, paints or oils, and ink cartridges should be properly disposed of or in some cases taken to a special recycling center.
Choose Safer Bath Products
Avoid anything with micro-beads. Although these have been banned you may still come across them. As these contain little bits of plastic that are too small to be filtered, these can pollute lakes and rivers and can be eaten by fish. Also, many bath products contain chemicals and ingredients that can be irritating to your skin and pollute the environment.
Try to find beauty products made with natural ingredients, like vegetable based or castile soaps. Try Dr. Bronner’s products. I use their soaps, lotions and hair creams every day.
Try to cut back on using your car as much. Although it can be difficult to get around in the suburbs or country, try to walk or ride a bike to somewhere nearby. If you live in the city, walk or take public transportation as much as you can. If you need a car, see if you can get a hybrid or other vehicle that is more fuel efficient.
Start in Your Own Backyard
Start a garden or plant a tree in your back yard. Trees are all around good for the environment and planting your own can feel very satisfying that you are helping. Start a small garden to get your own produce from and grow plants and flowers that are native to your region.
Practice kindness to the earth and others. Don’t litter, minimize waste and support and volunteer with organizations that help the environment and animals. Live mindfully to reduce your impact on the environment and encourage others to do the same.