25 Ways to Keep a Greener Life
Let’s take a moment to talk about living a more eco-friendly life. Reducing your impact on the planet’s environment sounds great. A cleaner world is better for us all, right? But sometimes making environmentally friendly lifestyle changes can be a lot of work, and it may seem as if your efforts won’t really make a difference. What might seem like a chore that won’t help very much could actually be a huge improvement if everyone made a small contribution. Don’t let yourself get discouraged, you aren’t alone in wanting to keep our world a healthier place to live!
1: Using harsh chemical cleaning agents only when absolutely necessary. You may find there are many tasks that can be accomplished with just a little bit of warm water and elbow grease or a more environmentally friendly product.
2: Reducing the use of disposable cleaning supplies that cannot be recycled. Many kinds of cleaning wipes, or convenient replaceable cleaning ‘pads’ cannot be recycled, keep this in mind when you purchase them.
3: Ensuring that any recyclable materials find their way to an appropriate recycling facility. Many municipalities that offer to recycle are very limited in what kinds of materials they recycle. A little online research will more fully explain how recycling services in your area work.
4: If you want to be certain your recyclables are getting where they need to go, a quick search can help you locate recycling centers near you. You may even turn a profit on certain recycled materials.
5: When you do have to use any kind of harsh chemical agents, be sure to contain and dispose of them properly. Much of the chemical waste that makes its way into our environment is released accidentally, not intentionally dumped.
6: There are a lot more ‘chemicals’ in your home than you may realize. Gasoline, motor oil, and many of the things in your garage could adversely affect your environment at home. Be sure to store them properly.
7: Be aware of storm drains, or any natural sources of water nearby. Treating these with respect and caution while doing things like washing the car or applying weed killers can help.
8: When purchasing any chemical products, make certain they are produced in an eco-friendly way. Even powerful chemical agents can be produced responsibly, but often are not.
9: Recycle, recycle, recycle! Not just cleaning supplies, but anything that you can. If there are not any recycling services where you live, there may be local recycling centers. The extra leg work is well worth it.
10: This may sound like a no-brainer, but make every effort you can to reduce your automobile use and trip length. Public transportation can at times be inconvenient, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s one major thing many of us can do.
11: Carpool where possible, it will be more convenient than public transportation and even just two people taking the same car rather than two separate cars cuts the trip’s emissions in half!
12: This may seem like a bit of a chore, but doing online research to figure out what brands, manufacturers, and products are truly eco-friendly can go a long way in helping you. Don’t rely on the packaging or deceptive marketing.
13: Make sure your food is ethically sourced. It isn’t obvious that this is not just about being healthier, but about the environment, too. Destructive farming isn’t always the first thing to come to mind when you think about being more environmentally conscious.
14: Moderate your power consumption at home, it will not only save you money, but it can also be a help to the community at large.
15: Research your local power, water, and natural gas companies, see if there are competitors or alternative options available in your area.
16: Residential and private solar panels have never been more affordable. Installing them alongside conventional utilities can reduce your home’s power consumption enormously, especially during off-peak hours.
17: Consider switching from central air conditioning to modular units for both heating and cooling, they are not only less power-hungry, but you often do not need to cool or heat an entire home during the hottest and coldest months of the year.
18: Utilizing electrically powered tools where normally gasoline-powered tools would be used is almost always more environmentally friendly. Lawnmowers, weed whackers, and other such tools often have a battery or corded options that are just as if not better than their gasoline-powered counterparts.
19: Be aware of what’s in your home if you plan on doing any renovations. A crucial step of many home improvement projects involves the removal or application of hazardous materials, something many people do not consciously think about until they are partway into the project. Research the materials you need and find out how best to store, use, and dispose of them ahead of time.
20: Cut down on the use of anything that cannot be reused or recycled. Single-use products like plasticware and paper plates can be very convenient, but even if they are recyclable they often get tossed in the trash.
21: Consider finding ways at home to do your own kind of recycling. Large boxes used for appliances can become great storage containers, for example. Plastic bottles, or especially glass, can be cleaned and reused for any number of things.
22: Water is yet another utility you can moderate the use of, be it by hand-washing your dishes or simply taking shorter showers. Always remain conscious of overusing any utility.
23: During the summer, be sure to open windows later in the day to help circulate cooler air through your home. This helps reduce A/C use while keeping you comfortable.
24: During the winter, spending a bit of extra money on weatherstripping and other such items can massively improve the heating in your home, helping reduce both your gas and electricity usage.
25: Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, always do your research! Many companies will attempt to convince you of the ‘reduced impact’ of their products while changing very little about their business models. We here at Green Earth take our process and products very seriously and aim to be as environmentally friendly as possible from start to finish.
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