A recent study has shown that the number of people who are concerned about climate change is on the rise. Nearly one-third of Americans now say they care a great deal about this issue, a significant increase over previous years. This may be due to, or at least in part because, there has been so much media coverage lately about extreme weather events and their connection to global warming. But it also might be because we’ve reached a tipping point with regard to how much humans can pollute before the Earth becomes unlivable for our species (and countless other species). Whatever the reason, more people than ever are starting to take charge of their own lifestyles and live them in ways that reduce carbon emissions.
1. Use more natural cleaning products
One of the best ways to reduce your environmental impact is to use more natural cleaning products. Instead of buying regular cleaners filled with chemicals, many people are now opting for chemical-free options. You can also purchase multi surface cleaner made from natural ingredients, such as vinegar or baking soda, which still does a great job of getting surfaces clean without damaging the planet. Instead of using harsh scrub brushes that release harmful particles into the air, try using a non-scratch sponge or dishcloth that will do away with difficult stains. These are just a few ideas on how to live an eco-friendly lifestyle without making big changes.
2. Paint your nails with nontoxic polishes
For a touch of polish without the added chemicals, look for nontoxic polishes that are marked as being free from things like formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is often found in plastics and other products that release it into the air as they age or are used, so this can be a major contributor to air pollution. If you’d like to live an eco-friendly lifestyle in little ways like this, make sure the products you bring into your home are nontoxic. This way, you can help protect the environment without sacrificing too much.
3. Buy more clothes from secondhand shops and less from new retailers
The environment is important to many people these days, and a great way to remain green is to buy clothes from secondhand shops. Not only does this help the environment by reducing the need for raw materials, but it also saves money that can be used for other things. Many secondhand stores also offer clothes made from recycled materials, which means an even smaller carbon footprint!
4. Take a reusable water bottle everywhere you go
One of the best things you can do for the environment is to buy a reusable water bottle. Not only will this mean less plastic in the world, but it will also save you money. When you buy bottled water at the store, you are paying for many things that go into making that plastic bottle, including gasoline used in its transportation. This means that every time you buy a two-liter of soda or drink at a restaurant, they are most likely filling up your drink with tap water that comes out of the same system your pipe does. Plus, when you recycle your bottles instead of throwing them away, you can turn them into materials for new bottles!
5. Reduce consumption of meat and dairy
Reducing consumption of meat and dairy is a great thing that can be done to help the environment. Beef production has been shown to have a global warming potential three times greater than any other food from animal sources. Milk production from cows also puts a lot of environmental strain on the planet because they release methane as a result of their digestive process. This gas is 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 100-year timeframe, so every glass of milk you drink creates more greenhouse gas emissions. The food industry is responsible for about 30 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions that are currently coming from human activities. In addition, the animals that are raised for food production produce 130 times more waste than the entire human population combined. There are many steps that can be taken to reduce the environmental impact of meat and dairy. Plant-based diets are healthy, environmentally friendly options that minimize this impact while still providing essential nutrients to your body.
6. Join a community garden to grow your own vegetables
Joining a community garden is one of the best ways to lower your environmental impact. Community gardens are perfect for growing your own vegetables in an ecologically sound way that doesn’t damage the soil or water supply. The average home gardener uses about 200 gallons of drinking water annually, while a community garden only needs 45-50 gallons per person per year. This means less stress on our already stretched out drinking water supply and less plastic in the environment caused by transporting drinking water in bottles.
7. Donate or recycle old clothes and books when you’re done with them
Donating or recycling old clothes, books, and other household items when you are done with them is a great way to reduce your environmental impact. One of the easiest ways to recycle paper products is by shredding the paper before throwing it away. If this isn’t an option for you, then it will be more difficult to recycle. To recycle plastics, glass bottles, and metal cans you will need to take them to an appropriate collection point. Throwing these items in the garbage will damage the environment.
8. Use rechargeable batteries that can be recycled
Rechargeable batteries are a great choice for those looking to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Rechargeable batteries will last much longer than regular disposable ones, so you won’t need to constantly buy new ones. Plus, they can be recycled so you don’t have to throw them away. You’ll also want to avoid buying batteries that are not rechargeable since over time these will lead to increased pollution.
It’s never been more important to practice the easy-to-practice hacks that will allow you to live an eco-friendly lifestyle. As a result of our recent political climate, people are looking for ways they can make their own lives better while also caring for the environment. Although it may seem difficult at first glance, there are many simple changes you can make in your day-to-day life which will have positive impacts on both yourself and planet earth. Whether we’re talking about reducing consumption of meat and dairy or joining a community garden, each one is another way we as individuals can take care of our health and relieve some pressure off Mother Nature!