Through the decades, human activities like cutting down trees, using plastic, emission of greenhouse gases, wastage of food and water, etc. have negatively impacted the environment. Plants are wilting, the soil is eroding, glaciers are melting, lakes and wells are drying up, the air that we breathe is dusty and unclean. This is nature’s way of telling us that what goes around comes around.
It is high time that we choose to live mindfully and adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle. Switching to an environmentally friendly lifestyle might sound like a big change but trust us, you’re already halfway there if you’ve decided to do it.
On the occasion of National Pollution Control Day, we have listed some of the ways you can adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle.
Switch to Canvas Bags from Plastic Bags
We all know how plastic is not good and leaves a harsh impact on the environment. Though a canvas bag is chargeable and can be acquired at a minimal cost, it is a lot more useful and environment-friendly than plastic bags. It is a lot sturdier and reliable and can be reused for a long time. Canvas bags are versatile and can be used as travel bags to carry small accessories. This small step towards adapting an eco-friendly lifestyle can go a long way in saving the planet.
Start using Energy-Efficient Appliances
We are all familiar with the quote ‘Charity begins at home’. So does saving the environment! There are many eco-friendly house ideas and habits that we can adapt to save the environment. One such eco-friendly habit is using energy-efficient appliances like washing machines, light bulbs, AC, etc. Though energy-efficient appliances can be a bit heavy on the pocket, they save a lot of money on the utility bill. Not to mention they last longer, are more durable and even more environment-friendly. Not only installing energy-saving appliances but being mindful of their usage is also necessary. We must switch off the appliances when not in use to save energy. Also, practising this exercise at home can be a great lesson for children and can motivate them to adopt an eco-lifestyle. These small eco-friendly lifestyle changes can be highly impactful in saving the planet.
Take a step towards an eco-friendly lifestyle by cutting down your water usage. Both shower and a bath consume a lot of water. But there are ways you can be mindful regarding water usage. For example, take a shorter shower or install a low-flow showerhead. Refrain from buying packaged drinking water and carry your own water bottle instead. Not to mention that packaged drinking water uses plastic bottles and can negatively impact the environment. Turn off the water tap when not in use, for example, while brushing your teeth.
Borrow what you can
Why spend money on things that can be easily borrowed? Rent movies, a car, borrow books from libraries or friends and use secondhand goods whenever possible. Borrowing or purchasing second-hand items reduces the number of items that need to be kept in a landfill. Thus, reducing waste and helping the environment. Also, it is a great way to save money. This minuscule eco-living tip can be a large step towards living green.
Refrain from using Private Vehicles
There are many benefits to using public transport instead of a private vehicle. It reduces air pollution by moving people more efficiently. It increases fuel efficiency and reduces traffic congestion on the road. It also makes one physically active since it requires people to take a walk towards the transit stop and final destination. The other option to reduce pollution is carpooling with friends and colleagues. If the workplace, school, college or any destination that is nearby, you can use bicycles too. It is healthier as well as an eco-friendly way to travel.
Go for Eco-Friendly Fashion
Your clothing can be eco-friendly too! Eco-friendly fashion focuses on minimizing environmental effects and protecting customers’ health. From sunglasses to flip-flops, everything can be eco-friendly. Eco-friendly fashion uses organic materials, recycled textiles, and even recycled plastic. Eco-friendly clothes are made to be more durable so they can last longer. It does not use harmful chemicals and bleaches that can negatively impact the environment. Switching to eco-friendly fashion can be a good change in living an eco-lifestyle.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce the amount of waste produced. Reuse whatever items you can, as much as you can before replacing them. Recycle items wherever possible. 3R’s waste hierarchy is essential to improve overall waste management. Practising these three steps every day as an eco-friendly lifestyle habit can help build a healthy and green environment. The end goal of these 3Rs is to educate people on how to prevent excessive and unnecessary waste and also, to minimize the use of non-renewable resources.