Nowadays, we hear a lot about worldwide problems on waste management and climate change. This is why a lot of people are trying to live a greener lifestyle. If you wish to do your part and lessen your carbon footprint, here are a few small steps that will help you live a more eco-friendly lifestyle:
Start at Home
There is no better place to start a greener lifestyle than at home. You will be amazed at how much you can do with a few adjustments in your kitchen or living room.
- To reduce power consumption, air dry your dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s dry cycle.
- Recycle plastic bottles, jars, tin cans, and cardboard boxes. There are many other things at home that you can recycle. Learn about your local community’s recycling program and take part in it.
- Use a reusable water bottle or travel mug to help reduce plastic waste.
- Use reusable food containers when storing leftovers or bringing lunch.
- Switch to energy-saving appliances. These often bear specific labels so check thoroughly whenever you buy new appliances. They may cost you a little bit more at first, but you can save more on electricity bills in the long run.
- Switch to LED bulbs. They last longer and use up less energy.
- Unplug your appliances when not in use. Even that red standby button on your TV uses electricity.
- Take shorter showers and minimize bath times to reduce water consumption.
- Switch to more organic cleaning agents to avoid harmful chemicals that damage the environment. Using cleaning wipes made of microfiber cloth also helps eliminate the need for cleaning chemicals.
Your Shopping Habits
When you go out shopping, whether for grocery or wardrobe, avoid impulsive buying and simply get the things that you will use.
- Make a list of the things that you need in order to avoid overspending and overbuying.
- Plan your meals for the week and buy only the ingredients that you need.
- Go for the classics when shopping for new wardrobe. Fads come and go and you don’t want to waste your money on clothes that you might end up wearing only once.
- Use reusable grocery bags. There a lot of designs available if you want to be trendy while going green.
- If you forgot your reusable bag, ask for a paper bag.
- Buy products with zero or minimal packaging.
- Buy natural and eco-friendly fabrics like silk, hemp, bamboo or organic cotton.
Your Car and Driving Habits
Fuel consumption and air pollution are two factors that contribute to global warming. If you drive daily, here are some tips that will help you lessen your carbon footprint.
- Take out unnecessary weight from your car. An unused ski rack or bike rack just adds to your car’s weight and will cause it to use more gas.
- Use cruise control to prevent sudden acceleration or deceleration that uses up more fuel.
- Avoid putting your car on idle. Again, the less fuel you use, the better.
- Plan your driving schedule and map out your route. Combine errands to save time, energy, and fuel. Avoid rush hours if possible.
- Carpool! Check with your workmates if you live near each other or along each other’s way to work so you can start carpooling with them.
- Consider a hybrid or an electric car for your next car purchase.
The 3 R’s
If in doubt, just remember the 3R’s for a greener lifestyle: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Getting used to living an environment-friendly lifestyle takes time, but if you practice your new habits daily, soon enough, it will be like second nature to you.