Now more than ever before, it’s crucial for us all to start going green by living more sustainably. Not only do we need to protect our planet, but we also need to start conserving our resources, switching to renewable options, and striving for the common goal of improving our health and that of nature and wildlife who share the planet.
As environmental damage worsens, our health declines; we can’t be ideally healthy when we breathe in polluted air and expose ourselves to chemical cleaners to stay hydrated.
Fortunately, there is still some time to make a difference; science confirms we have a few years left to halt the destruction of the planet and avoid an environmental disaster so extensive that life on earth becomes implausible.
So, if you’re looking for ways to lend a hand in saving the planet, conserving nature and wildlife, and improving your health, here are a few practical changes you can make today.
Stop Buying Single-Use Plastics
For most who use single-use plastics, it’s more of a habit than a conscious decision; we are all mostly aware of the massive impact of using these harmful plastics. Unfortunately, we have become pretty accustomed to using them over the years.
Making a switch to reusable plastics, glass, or fabric alternatives is pretty straightforward. All you must do is purchase the reusable options for the single-use plastics you find yourself using.
Get a reusable produce bag set, some fabric zip-tuck bags, a few glass jars, and a couple of fabric totes, and you won’t need to purchase single-use plastics ever again. The decision will massively benefit the environment, and you’ll save quite a bit in the long run because you won’t be buying plastics that are thrown away directly after use.
Switch To Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
There are some pretty compelling reasons to switch to green eco-friendly cleaning products. These cleaning products are not just better for the environment, but they will also be less harmful to your health than chemical cleaning products. Furthermore, they’re safe for pets and children, you can make them yourself, and they are typically cheaper.
The recipes for homemade cleaning products are relatively straightforward. Some include the use of lemon, bicarbonate of soda, and vinegar. That said, all the ingredients used for DIY green cleaning products are non-toxic and entirely safe for use.
It’s not yet plausible for everyone to invest in an electric or green vehicle. Unfortunately, these vehicles are still priced relatively high, and only a tiny percentage of the global population can actually afford them. Fortunately, you don’t really have to fork out a ton of money on a new car to minimize your carbon footprint; you can simply drive less.
Instead of driving to the store down the road, consider walking or even cycling. Opt for lifts were possible, or even think about starting a lift club to get to work and back. There are tons of alternative solutions to driving.
Be Conservative With Power
Once again, not everyone out there can afford to invest in a solar panel system that keeps their homes powered or powers a fraction of their homes. However, it is still possible to use less power.
Instead of keeping the water heater on all day and all night, consider installing a water heater timer. You can also switch to a gas cooker. Moreover, simply switching off unused lighting, switching to green household lighting, and using a natural gas heater are also suitable solutions to use less power.
Another meaningful way to protect the planet is to switch from unhealthy, highly processed foods to organic and free-range options. Supporting harmful farming methods is as bad for the planet as single-use plastics.
Eating organic foods and meats that are farmed more sustainably will also improve your health. Even though it might cost a bit more, depending on where you live, healthy eating can massively enhance your quality of life, all while protecting the planet at the same time.
It’s becoming more and more blatant that we need to start making decisions with the planet in mind. Gone are the days when society could focus solely on itself; we need to start thinking about how our daily habits and decisions impact nature, wildlife, and the planet. If we don’t, we can expect the environmental crisis to worsen dramatically over the next few decades.
So, making decisions to live a green lifestyle has become crucial. Fortunately, there are so many practical changes you can make that will have a meaningful impact on the world.