If you’re becoming aware of how your living habits have an effect on the environment and you want to do something about it, cool! Here are some small changes you can make to your daily routine to become more environment-friendly!
Invest in a water bottle or water filter
Instead of buying plastic water bottles and recycling them after one use, why not invest in a stainless-steel water bottle or a Brita filter? Not only is it more cost-efficient (you don’t have to keep buying crates of water), but it’s a lot better for the environment and a good source of clean water for yourself. You can find Brita filters (or similar brands) at almost any department store. Just make sure that if you’re also buying a metal water bottle that you check what it’s made of. Stainless-steel is the way to go. It’s easier to clean and unlike aluminum, it lasts longer and cause any health problems down the line.
Use Less Paper
In this day and age, your computer is your go-to for everything. News, homework, instant communication, it’s all at your fingertips. That’s why if you can help it, try not to rely on paper products that often. But if you need your handwritten notes, that’s alright too. Just make sure you recycle the paper that you’re done with. According to a study, 40% of municipal waste is paper and paper products, so recycle your paper. It saves trees and legit, it takes less effort and resources to make paper from recycled materials than from scratch.
Invest In A Canvas Grocery Bag (if you haven’t yet)
With California banning plastic single-use bags in stores, almost everyone has found some other way to carry their groceries. People have repurposed cardboard boxes, containers, etc, but the most efficient way to contain your groceries is to just get a canvas bag. You don’t need to keep paying 10 cents for a bag every time you go grocery shopping when you have a canvas tote you can keep reusing!
Unplug Your Appliances
Just because your appliances are off doesn’t mean that they’re not using energy. If you have something that you don’t use often (a blender, toaster, etc), but keep plugged into your outlet, it’s going to consume energy. So for the sake of the environment, unplug the appliances that you don’t use often.
Eat Less Meat and Dairy Products
Believe it or not, but eating less meat is really great for the environment. This is not advising you to stop eating meat completely and if you are already vegetarian or vegan, that’s awesome! But if everyone could just cut back a little, the amount of natural resources and land dedicated to raising livestock could, possibly and eventually, be reduced through less demand for meat and dairy products. There are plenty of delicious recipes that don’t use dairy or meat products. You just gotta look them up. Or consider substituting certain dairy products with non-dairy products and meats with seafood!
You’ve heard it before! Take shorter showers! No one is going to be there to shame you for your 20 minute showers, but on principle, if you take longer showers, you’re wasting more water and your utility bill will be higher on average. At the very least, turn off the water when you don’t need it, like when you’re lathering yourself. This also applies to if and when you leave the water on while you’re brushing your teeth. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to make changes to how you use your water, but you’ll see a big difference if you do!
You’re doing great! It may be difficult at first to make changes to your habits, but if you’ve taken some (or all of these) recommendations into consideration, you’ve already done the hardest part! It might not be much in your eyes, but a little bit of change can go a long way in helping out the environment, so keep it up! You got this!
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Written by: Jessica Tsien