Over the last three years I have become more conscious about the state of our planet and ways to make it a cleaner place. Pollution is a large stress on our planet and natural resources and many people are not aware of what their bad habits are effecting out in the world. Helping out the planet doesn’t have to be a difficult activity, and there are many little things you can do. Here are some easy ways for you to go green and be proactive in helping our natural resources thrive.
Change A Bulb
If you’re interested in saving time, energy and money a simple light bulb change could be a great place to start. If you use incandescent lights most of the energy used is generating heat which is inefficient and can actually be dangerous in certain situations. Instead, try switching to a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) to save energy and money in the process. A CFL bulb uses about 75 percent less power and last up to 10 times longer saving you money, causing less trash, and reducing your electricity bill.
Recycle Your Electronics
According to the Environmental Protection Agency over the years we have thrown billions of electronic devices away, mostly resulting in millions of chemicals and heavy metals ending up in landfills soaking into the Earth. In most parts of the country it is easy to find a recycling plant nearby that will safely disassemble and reuse your electronics. If you can’t find a official recycling location many organizations and used electronics stores will take these old or broken items to fix, refurbish, and redistribute.
Support Your Local Farmers
With so many big corporations taking over the industry, it’s important to show your local farmers market a little love. The often quite complex route the food takes from the field to your plate burns fossil fuels and pollutes our atmosphere while you eat the cost of their fuel with a price mark up. Buying local not only means you’re getting the freshest food possible, but you’re also saving precious resources, energy, and a little money in the process.
Turn Off Electronics
While we all know to hit the lights when we’re leaving a room you may not have noticed how many products passively use electricity when they aren’t on. Anything that omits a light in the dark is potentially using electricity for almost no reason at all and can be unplugged. Also, instead of letting your computer sit on stand by or on screen saver mode, make sure to shut it down to save power when you have long periods of inactivity.
Stop The Phone Book
Whether you get one annually or semi-annually the phone book is a huge waste of paper and resources. If you’re like me then the only time you get out the phone book is to look at dinner options or to call the DMV and then then put it away, for months at a time. If you have an internet connection and/or mobile phone, consider calling your phone provider and stop them from sending you your regular phone book. In today’s age we have all the information we need right at out fingertips to use, without the waste of trees in the process.
Invest In Reusable Shopping Bags
Every year we use billions of pounds of cheap, easily destroyed, plastic bags. These bags, often non biodegradable, are starting to have many negative impacts on the earth. These are destroying natural habitats of animals and are consistently making their way into our ocean, and subsequently, the food chain. Try buying reusable shopping bags. These are generally inexpensive, sturdy, and will last you a long time.
Download Your Software And Entertainment
While it can be comforting to physically be able to feel your collection of entertainment or software you’ve purchased, you may want to consider an online option that allows you to store your collection on your computer. Not only will you cut down on initial trash by not having the plastic components, but you’ll also save in the long run by ensuring your copy doesn’t break or get lost.
Think of the amount of devices you use every year and the amount of batteries you use change. Out of the billions used on a yearly basis only a very small fraction of the alkaline batteries are actually recycled. Instead buy a charger and a couple packs of rechargeable batteries to save yourself some money and time in the process. Today you can find almost any type of battery you need in rechargeable form. This investment can seem steep compared to normal batteries but it will pay for itself in no time at all.
It’s important to be conscious about your habits and how they affect the planet we all live on. Remember, no change is too small to make a difference. Use these simple tips and you’re on the way to becoming a greener, smarter you!