The quest to be more eco friendly is a steep one. We may disagree on many things, but we will likely agree on how difficult it is to live eco-friendly nowadays. The energy, consistency and discipline it requires to consciously choose to protect our environment over other “easy” and readily available lifestyle options has proven to be a struggle for many people. A major benefit of being eco friendly is mainly due to the health advantages it brings. In what follows below, we have listed 10 possible ways of become eco friendly and they include:
- The Use of Technology
While FORBES explains the role of innovative technology in Building and Infrastructure, Transportation and Agriculture industries, other contents speak broadly on Water, Food, Energy, Materials, and Information technology in environmental sustainability. Many of such technologies are easily accessed and user-friendly aimed at positively influencing eco-friendly living. Even through paying bills, you can choose to make use of digital means as alternatives to the use of paper.
- Less Use Paper & Plastics
As mentioned above, the use of technology makes it hard for us to use papers nowadays. The less paper you use, the less paper needs to be produced and the more trees that get to fill our forests. Wheels for wishes stipulates that, by recycling one short ton (0.91 t) of paper you can save 17 mature trees, according to the EPA. However, if the use of paper at your job or at school is necessary, you can still make a difference by recycling the paper you do use. Today, more than 40 percent of municipal solid waste is paper and paper products. It takes less energy to create paper through recycled and used sheets than by creating ‘virgin’ paper. Recycling is easy and one of the best ways to live green.
- Sow a garden
Planting a garden at the backyard will help a real deal in promoting eco-friendly living for you and your household. Plant natural foods, fruits and vegetables with little or no use of planting chemicals. It is also less costly and makes readily available whatever herbal food you may need at any given time.
- Eat Plant based
Reduce consumption levels of meat, wheat and processed foods in your diet plans. Having plant based dietary plan is not only beneficial to the individual’s health, but also increases the overall rate of the community’s production of natural foods thereby leading to environmental sustainability.
- Shop Eco-friendly products from Eco-friendly producing companies
Buy and purchase eco-friendly products only from companies that adhere and align to some levels of environmental consciousness in the production, presentation and packaging of their goods or produces.
- More Walking, Less Driving
Being more eco-friendly also goes into travel habits. It is advisable to walk more and use less of fuel through driving or flying. For shorter distances of travel (from your home to work or school), it is advisable to walk or ride a bicycle. However, over short distances, it is advisable to use shorter and more direct routes to save fuel and reduce pollution into the environment from vehicles.
- Avoid Excesses
When shopping for food items, make sure to buy just the right amount needed based on the number of people you plan to feed. The tendency is to cook more than what is needed and dispose of the remains in a manner that is harmful to the environment. In fact, avoid excesses!
- Use Natural Sunlight
Dispose of all methods of induced heat like dryers for your clothes and hair; instead your clothes should be exposed to natural sunlight and fresh air at the same time.
- Plant Trees
This is a prerequisite to promoting an environmentally sustainable lifestyle. Trees provide our atmospheres with Oxygen, habitat for wildlife, mitigate the effects of global warming, reduces the amount of solar radiation that touches the earth’s surface, absorbs carbondioxide, and reduces the rate soil erosion.
- Stop Pollution
Water, land and air pollution are very detrimental to the environment. In seeking to promote an eco-friendly lifestyle we should be involved in cleaning of our environments, seas and rivers. The dispose of plastics into rivers and water bodies is a bad habit that causes climatic change and global warming in the long run.