With our tips, you can learn to do less damage to the ecosystem, take your quality of life to the next level, and even start saving. Of course, it won’t be easy in the beginning, but as soon as you start becoming eco-friendly, you will like this transformation.
More and more people think not only about their interests but the problems of the world they live in. The craze for a healthy lifestyle along with world change makes people think about their quality of life and how they can improve their environment. Well, it all starts with everyone. With small steps and lifestyle changes, we can improve the ecological situation. In this article, we will talk about extremely simple steps that can help everyone become eco-friendly.
Get a Reusable Face Mask
Now in the era of Coronavirus, everyone uses a face mask every day. However, we don’t think about how much waste we generate using paper masks then throwing them away after use.
You can become eco-friendly by choosing a reusable face mask. There are many options! You can purchase a stylish mask and wash it after use or consider unusual DIY options. You will help reduce the number of discarded face masks, which is calculated in tons every day.
Refuse Plastic Bags
Even though large supermarkets are introducing paid plastic bags as their green alternative, this does not stop anyone. People continue to pay for plastic, which decomposes over 700 years under favorable conditions. What can you do? Just put a few reusable bags or even a paper bag in the car. Thus, when you buy groceries, you will use your bag again.
Do Not Use Plastic Packaging
For example, foods such as bananas, pineapples, and watermelons do not need packaging. If your foods do need packaging, use paper bags, which quickly decompose and are accepted for recycling. Or use reusable fruit and vegetable bags!
Each supermarket has a huge selection of all kinds of packaging. When choosing pasta, choose one that is packed in a paper box. Even if you don’t sort your trash (but we hope you will start soon), paper packages take only 1-3 months to decompose.
It’s not easy, but give yourself the challenge. Create containers for paper, plastic, and food waste at home—separate glass bottles from plastic, paper boxes from batteries, and eco-friendly products. Many homes have these containers in their yards. If you do not have one, recyclables can always be handed over to collection points near your home.
Don’t Throw Food Away
A lot of food is thrown away every day. To try and avoid this, pay attention to food expiration dates. However, if the date says that the product is expired, it does not always mean that the product is actually spoiled. Manufacturers deliberately lower expiration dates so that we buy more and more often. It does not mean that you should eat spoiled food. Plan your family purchases, calculate the amount of food you need, and don’t buy too much. Try to eat your eco-friendly lunch before the expiration date!
Use a Reusable Coffee Mug and Bottles
Today, coffee shops offer a wide range of reusable mugs. Just come for coffee with your mug; it is trendy. Some coffee shops offer a discount for this.
They say that a person should drink up to 2 liters of water a day (depending on weight). If you are used to drinking water, consider buying a reusable bottle, and take water with you – it’s easy. By the way, such bottles and mugs can be great eco-friendly gifts.
You don’t even notice how much water flows away when the tap is turned on while brushing your teeth or the water from the shower pours into nowhere while we are relaxing. Try to focus on this. Besides, taking a shorter shower will get you one step closer to calling yourself eco-friendly. And, your utility bills will surely reduce!
Glass for Storing
Although glass products take millions of years to decompose, it is more environmentally friendly to choose glass for storing cereals, dried fruits, sugar, coffee, etc. Glass jars will keep food fresh, and they will not emit harmful substances and give an unpleasant odor. Besides, glass can be recycled!
Try Not to Buy New Clothes
However, the first thing to do is check the thrift stores for the best secondhand or eco-friendly clothing if you need something new. Also, try to sew or redo things if something doesn’t work for you or if you want to update certain items in your wardrobe. Tailors are amazing!
Try Home Gardening
Grow herbs at home: basil, parsley, dill, and so on. It’s fun to grow something yourself and then eat it using eco-friendly dinnerware. You can brew homemade teas. This way, you will know that these plants are produced in a clean environment and safe to eat.
Love the Bike
If your city’s infrastructure allows you, give up your car when possible, and use a bicycle. Aside from its clear eco-friendly benefits, the bike has many other bonuses, from mental health and stress relief to reducing weight.
Try Eco-Friendly Cars
If a bike doesn’t suit you well as a means of transportation, consider an eco-friendly car or at least a hybrid. In today’s world, there are many options for speed lovers or relaxed family trips.
Try to wash clothes at low temperatures using natural detergents. This way you save energy and your clothes long-term. Washing at high temperatures does not have the best effect on the material.
Vegan cosmetics are not only good for the environment but also save animals. These products are cruelty-free and often are packaged in reusable materials only. Moreover, eco-friendly makeup will appeal to your skin and rid you of potential toxins from conventional cosmetics.
You Can Do It!
By adhering to some of these simple principles, you will make a great start to your eco-friendly life and help make this world a better place. Remember that living a sustainable life is about being kinder to yourself, others, and the world.
In what ways have you already become eco-friendly? And which eco-friendly ideas have become new to you? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
About the author: Robert Andrew Faulkner is a family and child psychologist. He has been working with many couples from all over the UK and wants to share his experience with you. Robert’s hobbies are reading new psychology books and traveling around the world. He has visited more than 15 countries, including France, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, etc. One of Robert’s biggest dreams is to climb Mount Everest and take a photo. More info about Robert and his thoughts can be found on one of his dating sites.
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