12 Easy ways to go green anyone can master

If you watched Leonardo di Caprio’s “The Inconvenient Truth,” or “A Plastic Ocean,” a documentary that proves how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain. Even looking outside the window of your car and smelling the air pollution is evidence enough to prove that the air that we breathe, the water that we consume, and the earth that we are standing on is in grave danger.

Having an environment-friendly living may seem overwhelming, but take little steps and you’ll see a lot of difference in your well-being, surroundings and ecosystem. “Going green” need not be too overwhelming.  Start in your home. Or in your closet. Here are simple ways:

Make the eco-bag your best-friend.

Most supermarkets use paper bags and boxes to stow your purchases, but even that can be such a waste. Always bring your eco-bag whenever you do your grocery shopping. It’s not only practical, but also completely useful, too.

Think about what you wear.

Fast fashion encourages wasteful practices because trends come and go, and the unethical production systems of retailers cause a high cost to our environment. Consider investing in organic and/or sustainable garments, or simply being creative with mixing and matching or re-designing what’s in your closet!

Make changes in your home to save water.

Install low-flow showerhead and faucets to save water. Conventional shower heads consume at 5 gallons per minute or more, while low-flow fixtures flow at 2.5 gallons. That’s 50% amount of water you save! Turn off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth. Fix leaking faucets. Use washable tumblers instead of buying bottle water. Around 90% of water bottles end up decomposing in landfills rather than being recycled. Every little step comes a long way.

Photographer captures waves of trash in Indonesia

Go natural.

Most of the time, the most effective cleaning solutions can be found in your kitchen. Instead of using chemical-filled substances, you can use vinegar, baking soda, lemon, and the list goes on!

Discover the wonders of the secondhand store.

Never underestimate thrift shops because you never know what treasures you just might discover. If you need a bike, a table, or an extra cabinet, there are a lot of secondhand stores online. You can even find fashionable clothes and shoes, too!

 Buy one less new thing a month.

Try living a minimal life and see how that changes everything: from the cleanliness in your home to your mind’s perspective!

Don’t use straws or coffee stirrers.

One study revealed that the US throws away 138 billion straws and stirrers yearly. Imagine if that ends up in our oceans!

Be conscious about your electric/energy usage.

Households spend a lot of money on paying for their electric bills. Having an energy-efficient home save you money and the earth’s resources too. If it’s broad daylight and you get enough light and sunshine inside your house, turn off the lights. Switch off other appliances and electronics too when you’re not using it, and that includes your computer.

Plant trees.

This has been said quite a lot, but nobody ever really does it. Plant trees in your backyard. Who doesn’t want to wake up to a beautiful sunrise and fresh air? Not only do trees add aesthetics to your house, but trees also provide shade, fresh air, a cooler temperature and also conserves water. According to US Forest Service, a tree can clean about “330 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year.” It is also said to absorb greenhouse gases like nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, ozone, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. Put plants inside the house too to reduce carbon dioxide. Plants and trees also create a calming effect.

Limit paper use.

Ideally, try to have your business as paperless as possible. When it is absolutely necessary, print on both sides of the page. Subscribe to electronic bills instead of getting paper bills.

Grow your imagination.

Instead of buying new products you will just use once and throw away, try doing DIY projects. It can help you save money, and it will help you discover your creative side!

Share the knowledge!

Share this list with your friends – if each of them takes on board just one point, the effect could be immense.

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About Dianne Pineda 315 Articles
Magazine and online writer based in South Korea. Nerdy news writer by day, Korean pop culture writer by night.

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