I thought this would be an interesting article to write as more and more people are becoming increasingly aware of both climate change and pollution including plastic pollution.
Regardless of whether you’ve decided to go green to help the environment, to save money, or just see how easy it is, every step you take towards eco-friendly living is one that helps the world.
Environmental experts say that it will take humanity 100 years to heal the damage we’ve done to the earth. What can we all do to become more eco-friendly? What does it mean to practice eco-living?
The key to being eco-friendly is for everyone to live more as a whole, to inflict minimal or no harm on the environment. As we become more conscious as a society, we realize it’s time to restore damaged ecosystems, forests, soils, waters, and the air. Earth restoration is the first step towards creating a healthier planet.
So what do I mean by Eco-living?
Live life in a way that is good for the environment not harmful. Always support and buy from local companies, products, and services. Do your research so that you are in the know and can make informed choices about the way you live so you lessen your negative impact on your surroundings. Make small changes that have lasting effect.
So firstly, there are these essential tips you must think about to live with the environment in mind.
Below are many more eco-living tips you can implement into your lifestyle;
- If you’re not using it turn it off- you don’t realise how many devices you leave on and how much energy they use.
- Switch your energy supplier- some energy suppliers use renewable energy sources instead of those who heavily rely on fossil fuels.
- Avoid palm oil and palm products that are not sustainably sourced.
- Cut down your food shopping – stop over buying. Reduce your food waste and have a compost bin.
- Eat less meat- especially beef.
- Use a rain butt in your garden instead of using tap water to water your plants.
- Try to cut out as much plastic as you can especially single use plastics. No plastic bags, no cotton buds, no paper coffee cups, no plastic bottles, buy loose fruit and vegetables.
- Use LED light bulbs in your home.
- Recycle, reuse, repurpose- sell items you no longer want, fix items rather than throwing them away and try and be mindful of what you buy.
- Don’t drive unless necessary- drive in low speeds, with properly inflated tyres and avoid old diesel cars.
- Buy local- local honey, local food.
- Plant some trees.
- Grow your own food!
- Choose personal care wisely- sanitary towels, cotton buds, face wipes etc.
- Don’t buy almond milk- most almonds come from California where it is a mono crop and is not only taking priority above valuable habitats but an array of harmful pesticides are used on almond crops that are very harmful to bees and insects.
- Reduce your purchases, especially with clothes.
- Buy second hand whenever you can.
- Make your own- cleaning products, beauty products etc.
- Avoid chemical cleaning products.
- No paper towels or napkins.
- Tackle junk mail- recycle it, but go one step further and approach the company and ask why they are still sending junk mail when we are causing so much damage to the planet.
- Cut down on your water use.
- Recycle batteries.
- Use plants in your home- have your own herb garden.
- Avoid meals heavy in plastic- especially ready meals.
- Ditch plastic cutlery and plates.
- Use a reusable water bottle, preferably glass.
- Install a low flow showerhead.
- Ensure your house is properly insulated.
- Think about solar panels.
- Check your windows are insulating your home properly.
- Line dry your clothes.
- Use energy efficient kitchen appliances.
- Go paperless for billing.
- Use organic fertilisers.
- Support fashion brands that are ethical and environmentally conscious.
- Use recycled paper products.
For more information on climate change and what you can do I would really recommend this book:
To read more on how you can implement eco-living in every element of your home from decorating, to building please read the bookazine below;
I hope these tips prove useful and you will start implementing them into your life, a little difference goes a long way.
Remember there is no planet b. 🌏🚫
Until next time.