Doing the Right Thing is Easier Than You Think
It’s always a good idea to respect Mother Nature. Whether it is by recycling, reusing, or simply cutting down on what you throw out as rubbish you will be doing your part to preserve the environment. You can also be kinder to planet earth and your body by getting exercise while volunteering for environmental cleanups in your neighborhood. Whether you choose to conserve water, shop wisely, choose sustainable products or plant a tree, educating yourself on how to be eco-friendly is time well spent and not difficult at all.
Turn Your Computer Off at Night
Let’s begin with one of the simplest things to do that can, over a year, save you enough money to buy a few ice cream cones for you and your friends. By remembering to turn off your computer, every evening, before you go to sleep, you can easily save yourself, on average, fourteen dollars a year. The best part is you will reduce the amount of power you use and add life to your computer battery.
Always Recycle or Reuse Glass or Plastic Items
Items such as plastic containers or utensils can be rinsed and reused a few times before being recycled. Sturdy plastic knives, forks, and spoons can serve to feed a family for a few days and plastic jugs can be used to make and store tea or lemonade. Reusing glass and plastic items will not only save you money but also help to preserve the environment by cutting down on waste. Recycling glass can also reduce related water pollution by up to fifty percent and related air pollution by up to twenty percent because un-recycled glass can take up to a million years to decompose.
Go Vegan: Buy Vegan Groceries, Products, and Fashion
It takes two-thousand five-hundred gallons of water to produce a single pound of beef and every hamburger produced from animals raised on the ex-forestry ground is responsible for the destruction of fifty-five square feet of the forest so, if you are a meat-eater, try to commit to at least one meat-free day a week. Other products such as vegan fashion and cosmetics provide cruelty-free options for full-fledged vegans and those who want to participate in being kinder to the planet. Hemp products have become trendy as wearable goods and fashion accessories. Hemp products are also strong which makes them durable. Make sure to search for cruelty-free vegan cosmetics.
Use Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
Energy-efficient light bulbs are a simple way to reduce the amount of power you use. By replacing one lightbulb, you will help the planet and save money too. The more lightbulbs you replace with energy-efficient light bulbs, the more money you will save and you should also realize that if every house in the United States replaced just one lightbulb with an energy-efficient lightbulb it would reduce pollution by the same amount equal to removing one million cars from highways.
Use a Clothesline to Dry Your Clothes
By hanging your clothes outside to dry naturally you will save money by not having to use a drying machine which in turn will help the environment. A bonus is that doing so will help the clothing material last longer because the tumbling and heat of a dryer may damage certain delicate fabrics. Allowing your clothes to sun dry or air dry will also make your washed items smell and feel fresher.
Wash Full Loads Not Half Loads of Laundry
Washing half loads of laundry wastes money and is bad for the environment, so don’t do it. Instead, wait until there’s enough dirty laundry to do a full load thereby easily cutting your laundry washing in half. Switching from a hot to a warm cycle when washing laundry will also save money and help the environment. Researchers claim that if every household in the United States switched from a hot to warm cycle, the equivalent of 100,000 barrels of oil per day, could be saved. Now imagine if the whole world population did that as well.
Boxed water is better and doing the right thing has never been easier. From using fewer napkins to recycling paper, it is easy to be kinder to the planet if you commit to being more mindful. Using cloth napkins and writing on both sides of paper before recycling is simple. Mother nature will be grateful and future generations will benefit from the small effort you make today.