Going green is very fashionable these days. A lot of people are serious about doing things that would benefit the environment. That’s not bad since we have obviously done enough to damagethe planet and whatever damage the environment sustains is something that would have an impact on us as well. If you are one of those interested in living an environmentally friendly lifestyle, then here are few ideas that could get you started.
A Reduce Your Meat Consumption
This suggestion might surprise you. What does meat have to do with being environmentally friendly after all? If that’s what you’re asking in your mind, then you’re in for a surprise.
Raising of animals for meat eats up more resources than the growing of grains, fruits and vegetables. Animals consume more water as well as compared with plants. They require larger areas too for grazing as compared to farming. That means that the raising of animals for meat has a bigger environmental impact than growing of plants for food. That’s why people who advocate sustainability recommend that people switch over to a plant heavy diet. Doing that is not only better for the body, but for the environment as well.
Don’t Use Notebooks
How much paper do you use up every year? You might not use that much, but when you take the small amount of paper used by everyone, then that would amount to a lot. Though there’s recycled paper, most of the paper products that we use still come from trees that have to be cut down. Start using technology and use tablets in order to take notes. If you really need to write things down in the traditional way, then look for some paper that will be recycled and use that instead. Simple things like that can do a great deal to help the environment.
Use Canvas Bags When Shopping
When you go shopping, do you take home plastic bags to carry all the stuff that you bought? Though plastic and even paper bags can be convenient for carrying the stuff that you bought, they do not help the environment at all. In fact, they can cause pollution and they eat up precious resources too. The solution to this problem is very simple. You should buy canvas shopping bags that you can use whenever you have to buy something. You should bring those bags with you whenever you go out or you can keep several of those in your car so you will never forget to bring them along.
Reuse and Recycle
Perhaps the most useful thing that you can learn if you really want to help the environment is to reuse and recycle things. By recycling materials we can reduce the amount of waste that we produce. Waste disposal is one of the most pressing environmental problems facing us today. You might not even realize that waste disposal is a huge issue facing humanity today. For most people when they throw something at the garbage can, that’s it for them. That piece of trash is gone from their lives completely. They don’t worry about where that piece of garbage would actually end up.
But garbage doesn’t go away. Disposing does not mean that it would completely disappear and that means they would end up eating space, a lot of space.
All the methods of dealing with garbage are inadequate. Landfills need a great area of land and can cause contamination. Incinerators can cause air pollution. That’s not even dealing with the toxic wastes that can cause health problems to those who become exposed to it.
The best way to deal with garbage and waste is to reduce the amount of it that we are producing. The best way that we can do that is by learning how to recycle and reuse things. Materials should be scrutinized first before being thrown away. If there is any possible use for it, the material should be kept and recycled or reused. Learning how to recycle materials can be a very useful thing to know. It can be a very useful skill to have. Not only can you help the environment, but you can save a lot of money as well in the process.
Start a Compost Bin
Reusing or recycling might not be applicable to certain types of waste. We are referring to organic wastes or things that can rot or decompose. What you can do is create a compost bin. That’s where you can place most of the organic waste that you have. When the waste starts to decompose and break down, it will be turned into compost which is something that you can use on plants if you have a garden. If you don’t have a garden or even a few plants, you can give away the compost to those who do. Doing this step will reduce the amount of your garbage.
Use More Efficient Lighting
Do you still use the old types of light bulbs in your home? If you do, then you should change that. When any of your old light bulbs burn out, replace those with more efficient lights. You can use CFLs or compact fluorescent lights. They only use a fraction of the energy needed by traditional bulbs and yet they can produce a greater amount of light. They also last a lot longer than traditional lights.
Used Old Clothes as Rags
Do you use a lot of tissues, paper napkins and paper towels? That’s another way of wasting resources that come from trees. You can reduce the amount of paper waste that you produce by cutting up old pieces of clothing that you are no longer using and use them as rags. They can soak up water efficiently when you have spills and the best part is that you can reuse them. You can wash them and they are ready to be used again after that.
Common Mistakes When Going Green
We have discussed the things that you can do in order to become environmentally friendly. But it would also be beneficial if you were to become familiar with the common mistakes that people make when they try to go green. Here are just some of those:
Being Too Hasty
Some people are so excited when it comes to their decision to go green that they forget to take things slowly. They try to change everything all at once. But that will rarely work. Being too hasty when it comes to switching to a greener lifestyle can lead to burnout.
Buying Energy Efficient Appliances
The new appliances that are coming out are being promoted for their energy efficiency. Some environmentally conscious homeowners will buy those new appliances and replace their old ones. But that’s not helping the environment at all. When you throw away your old appliances, you will just add to the waste problem. There is also no need for you to throw those appliances away if they are in working order.
Trying to Recycle Non-Recyclable Materials
The best example of this kind of mistake would be trying to recycle a pizza box. While the box itself is certainly recyclable, the pizza has contaminated it with grease. That can cause problems in the recycling process.
So what are you waiting for? Start going green now!