14 Ways to Be More Green and eco-friendly in Your Life
You know you want to be more green and eco-friendly in your life. You see it everywhere, from your home to school to work. It’s such a no-brainer that you’d think people would follow the simple rules if they could just do it! The truth is that being more green takes work and action.
There are many ways you can start changing your habits and become more eco-conscious without actually impacting your personal safety or financial security. Here are 14 ways that will get you started:
1. Don't use plastic bags!
Plastic bag usage is becoming harder and harder each day due to the negative impacts they have on our environment. Avoid using plastic bags at all costs and instead, bring reusable ones or opt for paper bags.
2. Reduce water consumption
Use water conservation practices like installing rain barrels, using low-flow shower heads, and buying a water meter. Also make sure to turn off the tap while brushing teeth, washing dishes, doing laundry, and flushing toilets.
3. Use natural cleaners
Make your own cleaning products like bleach substitutes, disinfectants, and all-purpose cleaners. Using these products rather than commercial alternatives will save money and time plus reduce chemicals being put into our environment.
4. Wash clothes in cold water
The cold water helps detergent penetrate clothing fibers, reduces fabric wear and tear, and keeps energy levels lower.
5. Recycle everything
Recycling is a great way to help preserve the earth and avoid throwing trash away. By reusing empty containers, cans, bottles, boxes, etc., we help prevent them from ending up in landfills where they potentially could leak toxins. We also reuse items like cardboard boxes, newspapers, and magazines to create compost.
If recycling isn’t already a daily habit, start now! Donate old clothes to charity or take them to a consignment shop if they still have some life left in them. You don’t need to wait until spring cleaning season to get started.
6. Buy green products
When shopping for household goods and personal care items, try searching for green alternatives
7. Use reusable bags
Use reusable rather than disposable grocery bags. You’ll be helping the environment and saving money at the same time.
8. Keep your appliances clean
Clean your appliances regularly to help keep them running efficiently. Dispose of any outdated or broken appliances properly.
9. Switch to solar power
Solar panels not only save electricity, but they also generate their own electricity. If you think you might want to invest in solar energy, check out these tips first.
10. Eat Local Produce
One way to help reduce the amount of plastic pollution in our oceans is to eat local produce. Eating locally grown food reduces the distance food travels. When we eat local produce, we know where it comes from and how it was grown.
11. Support Small Farmers
When you buy organic produce, you're not only getting great-tasting food - you're supporting small farmers who care about their land and animals. Buying organic helps keep small farms alive and helps support them to continue caring for the environment.
12. Reduce Waste
The best way to reduce waste is to compost! Composting means turning your food scraps into garden fertilizer. If you don't have access to compost bins, then at least put leftover food in covered containers and place them in the fridge until they turn into compost.
13. Use Reusable Shopping Bags
Plastic bags aren't good for the environment; they take hundreds of years to break down and harm marine ecosystems. Switch to reusable shopping bags instead. You'll get fewer bags to use and throw away, plus you won't pollute the ocean with microplastics.
14. Turn Off Lights
Lightbulbs release more than just light. In fact, if you look closely, you'll notice many types of lighting emit other harmful chemicals that affect wildlife and habitats. LED bulbs are the greenest option since they last longer and conserve energy.