It is important for us to live an eco-conscious lifestyle so that we take care of the planet we live on and make it a healthy place for everyone. But where do you start?
To get started, you don’t have to jump right in and change everything you do. Making just a few simple changes now can help us live a greener, healthier life. Plus, it will make the place a better world for our children and grandchildren.
In celebration of Earth Day, there are a few things that you can start doing now to live a greener life.
Start Using Eco-Friendly Cleaners
Harsh chemical cleaners are harmful to the planet, and one easy change that you can make is to go with more eco-friendly cleaners. Many of the detergents and other cleaning products we purchase include these harmful chemicals that only pollute the ecosystem when they are expelled.
Eco-friendly cleaners made from organic materials, clean, sanitize, and are safer for the planet and for us. Look for cleaning products that contain no synthetic ingredients for an eco-friendlier option.
Recycling is a way to make a huge impact when it comes to taking care of the planet. It is also one of the easiest things that you can do.
Materials like glass, plastics, certain paper, and more can all be recycled so that they stay out of our oceans and landfills. Most trash services and cities offer recycling services and make it easy to get started.
Use Less Paper
Paper is made from trees so cutting back on using paper will help us from having to cut down so many trees. Going paperless for as many items as you can is a great way to start using less paper.
Use Reusable Water Bottles
Skip buying the plastic water bottles and purchase reusable water bottles, straws, and other drinkware. These will all help keep the plastic out of landfills and oceans as well as decrease the rate of pollution in the environment.
Using reusable items like water bottles and straws will even help you save money in the long run. Many people support banning straws because of how much damage they can do to the environment. Metal and bamboo straws are available to purchase so that you can still enjoy drinking from a straw and help cut down on the damage being done.
Buy Eco-Friendly Products
Support manufacturers and those companies who strive to be more eco-friendly and want to help protect the environment by offering biodegradable earth-friendly products. These products dissolve when they come into contact with bacteria or fungi so if they do end up in landfills they will be broken down in a natural process.
Bamboo products are an example of an eco-friendlier solution. You can even purchase eco-friendly toilet paper that is made out of bamboo and will help cut the number of trees that are required to make regular toilet paper.
Use Public Transport, Ride Your Bike, or Walk to Your Destination
Instead of driving ride your bike or even walk to your destination to help make a greener world for everyone. You can also use public transport. These will all help keep the air less congested and clean.
Create an Eco-friendlier Home
Solar panels and other renewable energy technology have become available more and more. This technology uses the sun as an energy source rather than using energy that comes from burning fossil fuels.
Solar thermal is another great way to make your home an eco-friendly one. Instead of using gas or oil to heat your home, solar thermal panels are used to provide heat making them a cleaner alternative.
LED lighting can be used instead of incandescent lighting so that you can cut back on the number of bulbs you purchase. Another great way to use less of the light bulbs and to save on energy is to open the windows throughout the day to bring in light and heat. This will help you cut back on the amount of time the lights need to be turned on so you are saving on energy.
Start a Garden
Gardening can be therapeutic, and it will also help you live a more sustainable lifestyle. Certain leftover food waste can also be used as compost making a natural fertilizer for your garden. This type of fertilizer doesn’t contain any harmful materials, only natural ingredients to help your plants grow.
Plus, growing your own fruits and vegetables will help you save money and live a healthier lifestyle because your fruits and vegetables will not have any chemicals that are harmful for your body.
These are only a few ideas on ways that you can live a greener lifestyle. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg because there are so many more small changes that you can make that will make a huge difference on our ecosystem and the planet.