Someone asked, why do we have to live an ecological lifestyle? The idea of "being green" has become increasingly popular culture. Wherever you look, people are repairing leaks, using solar panels in their homes, using reusable shopping bags and walking and cycling instead of driving their cars. One of the main reasons is climate change, pollution of oceans, air, and land. But we’ll discuss that topic in a different occasion.
If you want to take a step ahead to help our planet check out these 10 easy ways to live an eco-friendly lifestyle in this upcoming 2020
Choose re-usable products and say no disposable ones whenever possible:
The easiest place to start is with reusable water bottles and shopping bags. Every person must at least have one water cup or bottle that we take just about everywhere with us. Stop buying those polluting plastic water bottles! The reusable ones save us from needing to purchase these. It’s simple and convenient when we’re out and about and get thirsty, you will have your bottle with you, so we don’t need to grab water on the go, either. Check out our reusable water bottles, we're sure it will become your best companion wherever you go. You also want to make sure to keep a stash of reusable grocery bags with you, whether it is in your car or in your purse. They usually are lightweight and easily collapsible so carrying out these should not be a hassle.
Consider alternatives to transportation whenever you can:
Choose to walk, go around with your friends or work colleagues, or use the bike before your own car. Not only will you help the environment, but will become more active and energetic, you will reduce traffic in your city, not to mention your wallet will thank you too.
Buy local food:
The more land that is cultivated organically decreases the overall usage of chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers and increases biodiversity in our local ecosystem. Also, you get a wide range of locally produced food. By acquiring them you significantly reduce the environmental impact and, at the same time, create job opportunities in your region. Many restaurants are choosing this same practice.
Switch to glass to store and heat your food:
"Never heat food in plastic or eat freshly cooked food," recalls the author of the book Living Without Toxic (RBA, 2017), Elisabet Valverde, biologist and bio construction expert. It’s strongly recommended to use glass instead, which is a material that has an eternal lifespan. Use glass bottles, jars, metal caps to store your food and leftovers. Oh and don't fill plastic bottles and store them in your fridge no matter how beautiful they are. The IED expert recommends glass and stainless steel, do not leave the containers in the sun.
Ditch single-use utensils:
Straws and plastic cutlery are among the most common types of trash found on beaches and oceans. Millions of tons of plastic utensils garbage are thrown away in landfills and seas. On the other hand, we highlight bamboo utensils and Stainless steel which are a more natural element and sustainable materials.
Ignore the dates:
Best-by, sell-by and use-by are NOT expiration dates. There's no scientific way to predict the exact day something is going bad. In this case, we strongly recommend using your best judgment with smell and taste. If it tastes and smells fine, chances are its good to eat. This could reduce the amount of food waste considerably and won't turn into methane when it reaches landfills.
Buy second hand:
Always keep in mind that anything new consumes new resources. While you might balk at buying second-hand clothes, don’t balk at buying a used car. Or a used desk or books, or camera equipment, or …. You get the point. Repair clothing and shoes that can be salvaged, and then if you still don’t want to use them, donate them to the local. The price point in most cases is totally different in functionality but there is a huge deal since you’re letting things go to waste.
The water we use in our home is one of the resources that we can use in an efficient way if we want to be greener at home. It is important to remember certain tips that we have heard many times, but that has an important impact on water consumption we do at home. Some typical examples are turning off the faucet while brushing our teeth, closing the faucet while lathering in the shower, not putting the washing machine or dishwasher until they are full, not using the toilet as a wastebasket, etc. In addition to reducing our water consumption, we will also be able to reduce our bill at the end of the month, so take these very well-known tips seriously.
Create a compost:
Did you know that it is easy to reuse your waste? Instead of throwing food scraps in the trash, the most ecological thing is to store them in a container to create compost, because food waste is one of the main causes of methane and composting prevents the release of these greenhouse effect gases.
Switch to paper towels:
This does not mean that you should completely give up paper towels, but it is better to use them in moderation and switch them for cotton towels or unpaper towels, as they are more ecological and elegant.
Keep in mind that there’s no such thing as a perfect environmentalist. The best thing to do is to make sure that you’re making the best you can with your practices and budget to make a difference. Small steps add up to a huge change!