Want to live a more sustainable, eco-friendlier life? Now is the best time to be conscious of your carbon footprints. While learning how to lessen our carbon footprints may appear futile or hefty at first, little steps often result in more sustainable, bigger habits. Our impact on Planet Earth is undeniable. If you’re searching for basic changes you can make at home today, read these eco-friendly tips.
- Say no to water bottles and plastic straws.
Last 2019, California became the very first state to ban restaurants from giving away single-use plastic straws. They should only hand over one if a customer asks for it (don’t be that person). Instead, invest on a stainless steel, reusable metal straw. Moreover, stop drinking from plastic water bottles. It’s better to purchase your own reusable water bottle.
- Buy an eco-friendly dry cleaner.
A lot of dry cleaning businesses use tons of harmful chemicals. Sure, these can clean your stuff. But, it’s not very comforting to know that they use products that harm the environment. Try looking for environment-friendly dry cleaners in your area.
- Buy sustainable products.
As a customer, you can spend your money in whatever way you choose. However, it’s best to buy from companies following eco-friendly practices. From choosing nontoxic nail polish to natural skin care products, you can lessen your carbon footprint by going for sustainable beauty and fashion products.
- Don’t use plastic utensils.
Be a mindful consumer. If you want to order takeout, say or write a note that you don’t want any plastic straw or utensils. Then, as much as possible, reuse the containers.
- Give your beloved house a “green makeover.”
Going “green” doesn’t only mean spending thousands of dollars to install solar panels. Take it one step at a time. Small steps. First, you can buy energy-efficient light bulbs. These can save you lots of money in the long run. Then, fix leaky faucets so as not to waste water.
- Start your own garden.
Right now, most of us are just staying at home. Well, good news. There has never been a better time to start growing your own fruits and vegetables. It’s so nice to develop a green thumb. It will not only save you money, it can also lessen food waste. If you live in a condominium unit, start with a small herb garden by your windowsill.
- Unplug your appliances.
You read that right. Your appliances are wasting so much energy, even when they are not turned on. Don’t forget to unplug your phone charger, lamps, toaster, coffee maker and other items when you are not using them.
- Go paperless.
These days, almost everything has gone digital. You can save so much paper by getting your bills and bank statements via email. Then, pay for them electronically, too.
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