For many, a greener lifestyle can seem overwhelming. There are so many aspects of a green life that you must consider as you begin your journey towards sustainability. It can be difficult to figure out where to start or what steps to take first! That’s why we’ve put together five simple tips for making your life greener – no matter how big or small the change is.
Eat and drink green
Eating organic and green can seem like a daunting task, especially if you’re used to eating meat or eating junk food. However, making simple changes to achieve this goal can be extremely beneficial to your health and the environment. Below are some helpful tips.
Switch to a vegetarian or vegan diet. A United Nations study found that the livestock industry accounts for 9% of CO2 emissions. It also produces 65% nitrous oxide (296 times worse than CO2 in terms of global warming – if anthropogenic climate change is believed). Switch from processed foods (like muesli bars) to fresh fruits and vegetables. Try not to waste food and drinks, take a reusable bottle or mug to the cafe. Make sure you buy organic drinks like organic juice made from concentrate. Support your local farmers market with all your produce! Growing organic food can be tricky, but it also offers many benefits. The production of organic food requires 30-50% less energy compared to non-organic food, which creates emissions of greenhouse gases that are harmful to our atmosphere. Eating all local foods can save you up to 1,000 miles of driving emissions.
Use environmentally friendly fashion / beauty products
Choosing smart personal care products is one of the easiest ways to green your life.
Buy eco-friendly and organic beauty products that are formulated without chemicals like parabens or phthalates that can contaminate water sources. They also do not contain petroleum products that can harm the environment.
Sustainable fashion includes garments that do not use dyeing or bleaching to produce color and that last much longer than synthetic garments made with petroleum products. Don’t be afraid to ask questions when shopping for new green products!
One of the best ways to keep your daily skincare eco-friendly is to avoid using plastic products. However, if you make a mistake and have to use them, be sure to dispose of these items. For example, an average of 1 million new plastic bottles are sold every minute worldwide, and only 10% will be recycled. The remaining 90% goes either to landfills or to the oceans.
Make your home environmentally friendly
The goal is to reduce the amount of energy and water that goes into your home so you can save money and preserve the environment in the long run. Renovating your kitchen or bathroom with eco-friendly products like bamboo countertops can add a nice touch to your space and save you money as well as benefit the environment!
Here are some tips on how to make your home greener:
Reduce water consumption by installing a low flow shower and only running the dishwasher when it is full. Use LED bulbs in your fixtures to reduce your energy costs. LED bulbs consume 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs for the same amount of light, and LED bulbs last 25 times longer. Try using energy efficient appliances too! Take shorter showers and fix leaking taps throughout your home. Save energy by turning off lamps that are not in use. Insulate your home to prevent heat loss and keep warm during winter days. Heating and cooling your home uses more energy (almost 46% of total consumption) than any other system in your home. When you buy a new computer, buy an Energy Star computer or laptop to save on energy costs.
The rise of e-commerce has created a new challenge in our society. We buy more than we need and generate excessive waste that damages the environment, which also affects us.
Smart shopping is a great way to protect the environment. Used goods can also be good for your wallet; Eco-friendly fiber clothing is also the best on the planet! Sell or donate any items that have been collected by dust – they might be someone’s treasure!
Drive more environmentally friendly
The average American burns about half of the fuel in a car per day of driving. The numbers are daunting, but there is a lot you can do to reduce the number of kilometers traveled per day or make your car more environmentally friendly. Here are some ways to make your driving more sustainable:
Drive less and make the most of your time at home. Pack your lunch instead of buying it; avoid unnecessary trips to the store or coffee shop. Whenever possible, Carpool is better for you and good for those looking for company! Use public transport as often as possible. Use high quality tires made from environmentally friendly materials such as synthetic rubbers. Tune your vehicle regularly for optimal performance and increased mileage. Take a bike instead of driving.
The future of the planet is in our hands. We must make sustainable choices that protect them for future generations, and that starts with making smarter decisions about how we live today.
What have YOU done lately to make your life greener? Share your environmental tips in the comments below so others can get inspired by what they read.