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9 Simple Habits to Help the Environment

Our environment is hurting. Animals and plant species are going extinct every day. Nature’s ability to replenish resources is waning by the day. Pollutants are making the cost of living impossible. These and many other things happen courtesy of humanity. Thankfully, you can help! Our daily habits have a HUGE impact on the environment. A change in our actions can do a world of good. Try these simple practices and do your part in making the world a better place:

Carry reusable items

You can try with a reusable shopping bag, coffee mug, and a water bottle. A single reusable coffee mug can save the environment up to 500 plastic cups. Instead of buying bottled water, use refillable bottles. We use thousands of shopping bags every year. You can scale back on that use by investing in a couple of durable shopping bags.

Switch off while not in use

You can stop the habit of leaving electronic items on standby mode. Put them off whenever they are not in use. Unplug extensions, too. They consume energy even when they are not in use. Switch off running taps immediately you are done. When brushing, switch off the water every time you are not using it. When taking a shower, switch the water off when not in use.

Buy just enough

It is in our DNA to be wasteful. Americans dump four in every 10 pounds of food items they buy. Every week, check the items that you have had to throw. Scale back on them next time you go shopping. Buy the groceries you need. Don’t be tempted to take five pounds of meat when you know you will use four. Also, slow down on your love for fashion. Don’t ditch a perfectly working smartphone for a newer, flashier model.

Cook enough and serve enough

Plan your cooking or food orders. Resist the temptation to order more than you need. In a buffet, don’t be tempted to fill up the large plate. There is no harm in replenishing your plate when you want more. The amount of food ready to eat in the world is enough to feed everybody, but at least 1 billion people go hungry every day. We can wipe out malnutrition out of the world if we all serve ourselves with enough.

Use locally produced goods

Locally produced goods have used less to get to your shelf. They have used less transportation, handling, and packaging. Their carbon footprint is low. Furthermore, with the case of food items, they are fresher and tastier.

You should also save the local community by disposing of waste safely. It starts with proper sorting of your trash. You can compost vegetable and food items. Don’t mix them up with other wastes. Electronics, plastics, and glass should be put them up for recycling.

Use public transport or carpool if you can

Cars pollute a lot. If you can carpool to work or school, you can save the world a lot. Public transportation can radically reduce the carbon footprint. If half of the world had cars the way Americans do, the level of carbon dioxide emitted every day will pass the 2-billion-tons mark.

Plan errands and make confirmations beforehand

Before you make that trip to the stores, try to shop online to see if all the items are available. Also, batch your errands so that you don’t have to make more than one trip to do things that could be done with one round trip. If you have an appointment, confirm before you make the journey. Sometimes, you don’t have to take a trip; you can use video calls instead.

Donate what you are not using

Every year we buy new items. Even when we don’t need new clothes, we still buy them in the name of fashion. If you cannot control your shopping sprees, start donating your unused items. You can also resell items in the second-hand market. Donate food items before they expire. If you know you will use something sparingly, consider buying second hand. There is no need of purchasing a new item only to use it once.

Use water responsibly

Water is a finite resource. Despite three-quarters of the world being a water mass, freshwater is a rare commodity. Over 3 billion people worldwide don’t have access to safe water for domestic use. Most of them use contaminated water in rivers, streams, and lakes. Taking a shower for more than five minutes is relaxing, but very wasteful. Filling the bath to the brim is unnecessary. Washing items when the tap is running is not doing the planet any good.

The things we do every day can help reverse the global environmental decline. We cannot get another mother nature. We have to protect the one we have. Do not underestimate the impact of your actions. If you can save 20 gallons of water every month, it will translate to 4,800 gallons in 20 years. If 100 million Americans do the same, we will have spared 480 billion gallons.

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