Being green seems to complicated. Are there any easy things anyone can do to be a little greener? Maybe it’s easier to start if it’s possible to start simple.
It does seem somewhat complicated, but the bggest thing is to just take a moment and think about it. Do you really need it, can you make it yourself. There are 3 overall ways you can make a difference and everything else sort of fits in somewhere under those.
1. Reduce: walk, bike, borrow things instead of buying, turn off lights, turn off water. Start a garden (even in an apartment) so you can shop less.
2. Reuse: clothing, containers, cloth grocery bags, whatever things you can
3. Recycle: paper, cans, cartons and many other items. Your sanitation department will provide a list that you can use or you can view it online. Start your own compost pile and use it in your garden.
1) Turn off the lights.
2) Shot off the water when not in use.
3) Recycle everything. You’d be surprised to see you don’t have to throw anythign away.
1. Walk more
2. Make meals from scratch
3. Wash your laundry on cold
Waste not want not.
Buying organic and local foods is big help in the goal to be green. It took me years to slowly get over the sticker shock. At first I just bought organic, free range cow milk. Then I added certified humane, organic eggs. Then organic produce (so cheap still anyway really), and now I pretty much exclusively shop in the “hippie section” of my grocery store. Small steps.
Changing your commute from a car to a bus bike or foot even just one day a week can be monumental in the long run to air pollution and carbon emissions.
Try to only use what you need. Use reusable tupperware instead of disposable ziplocs or bags, turn lights out when not in use, same with water, computers, anything that takes energy to run.
Good luck! Every little bit helps!
1) be aware of ALL your trash.
Understand and evolve to have as little solid waste as possible. That includes recycled and biodegradable products.
2)Don’t consume as much.
For example, don’t get a new cell phone just because you want a new one. Buy things that will actually last and not break after three trial runs.
3) Have less children.
Harsh but true, less people = less waste and less waste of resources.
1.) Reduce, reuse, recycle. Don’t buy new (as in retail) clothing unless you absolutely must! Test yourself by seeing how long you can go without buying a new article of clothing; stop following trends and start buying necessities from thrift stores.
2.) Bring your own bags! Always use your own canvas or portable, reusable plastic bags. Stores want to give you bags for everything- don’t let them! Also, insist your takeout/delivery meals NOT contain plastic untensils. It’s a tremendous waste.
3.) Don’t eat any meat (except wild-caught, sustainable breeds of fish, or oysters/ scallops if you must). Everytime you buy meat from a cow, chicken, or pig, you are condoning the wasteful feeding of grains to these animals. Ethics aside, the grains could feed many more people than the animals themselves can, and the land used to plant this corn could be used to harvest other edible crops… Also, hog farming makes up 33% of current air pollution, in addition to polluting our water through seepage and runoff. A vegetarian driving a hummer is more eco-effective than a meat-eater driving a prius.
1) Recycle as much as possible. Try to avoid products that can’t be recycled. Also try to avoid plastics, especially non-rescyclables, in favor of cardboard or aluminum container.
2) Turn off and/or unplug electrical appliances when not in use. Leaving a tv on all day wastes a lot of energy and produces excess greenhouse gasses. Many appliances, like VCRs and cell phone chargers, continue to use up energy when plugged in, even if they’re not switched on. Unplug when they’re not in use for extended periods of time.
3) Become politically active. This is most important, in my opinion, even if it’s not really simple. People acting on their own can only help the environment so much. No matter how many organic veggies we eat, governments still give the OK to dump chemicals into water supplies and pump CO2 into the atmosphere without restraint. If we want actual environmental change, we must make our voices loud and clear to our political leaders that we won’t stand for anything else. They’ll listen.
I completely agree with the simplicity of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. In fact, I would say that if you don’t do anything else, a great place to start is “recycle“.
This means, as an above poster noted, becoming really aware of your trash. Every time you throw something away, just think – is this recyclable? Is this compostable? Can I give this away?
Also, an easy thing I do is trying to buy American products wherever possible. Just check the packaging – all products should have a label stating clearly where they were made. You can do this for pretty much everything one buys, from index cards to clothes to groceries (in which case I look for “from California”, my home state). Supporting local products not only bolsters our economy, it also means supporting a product whose carbon footprint is lower.
1) The most simple thing you can do is recycle. Generally. all it means it putting your trash into a different container and remembering to put it to the curb on the right day.
2) Use reusable “foodstuffs.” Make your morning coffee/tea at home and carry it in reusable container OR bringing a reusable cup to your local coffee/tea shop or to the office. Eat less take out/fast food. Instead, take reusable containers for lunches.
3) Be mindful of hot water and heat. Take shorter and cooler (less hot) showers. Pee in the shower (flushing the toilet wastes water). Wash clothes in cold water and use your dishwasher. Fill both up before you use them.
Learn as much as you can about environmental protection and sustainability. There are an infinite amount of information out there on the internet, newspaper, magazines, books that are accessible to everyone as long as you try. Having the knowledge can help you make informated decisions and discern the truth from the lies.
Teach others what you know. One person cannot change the world, a whole group of people can. The more the better. Inform others, so they can change and hopefully they can teach others about what they know.
Lead by example. One must walk the talk to be effective. When people see that it is possible to change your lifestyle, they might reconsider their habits and change as well. If you don’t do what you say, the green movement loses it credibility.
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