10 Little Steps To A Green Lifestyle

10 little steps to a Green Lifestyle

Human beings have already caused colossal damage to the environment and compromised the life of future generations. We can still make the earth a better place if we adopt a sustainable lifestyle and abandon behaviors that may further deteriorate the environment. The governments in several countries are taking major steps to save the earth by banning harmful activities, modifying flawed systems, and encouraging eco-friendly alternatives. The efforts are paying off, but they are far from enough.

We all need to understand that issues like global warming are real and that their effects can escalate to even more disastrous levels. While many problems are still under control, some of the damage done is irreversible; for instance, we cannot bring back extinct flora and fauna that once served an important purpose on earth. Individual participation is the key to speed up things and make a noticeable difference. Adopting a green lifestyle does not only benefit the environment but also supports the health and wellbeing of all species living on the planet.

Every little contribution counts, so never take your actions for granted. By making greener choices, we can conserve what we still have and restore part of what is lost. Shifting to a green lifestyle is like estate planning, but here you’re securing the future of all living beings, rather than selected heirs. Here are ten simple ways to start living green and saving our successors from a life of poverty:

1.      Eat Organic

Organic food has a higher nutritional value and is perishable, so it is healthy for you and beneficial for the environment. Fresh and local produce is the way to go, as processed food from distant places contains chemicals (preservatives, artificial flavorings, etc.) that are bad for you. The manufacture and supply of processed food is an inconvenience to the environment, since it consumes non-renewable energy, and requires extensive packaging. The cost of transport and packing materials (as well as the natural resources spent on them) can be saved by going organic.

2.    Say ‘No’ to Disposable Plastics

Plastics take thousands of years to decompose, which makes them a huge burden for our landfills. It is crucial to replace disposable plastics with biodegradable materials. Plastic waste that ends up in natural water bodies endangers aquatic life, and onshore waste is responsible for the death of several birds and small animals. Using shopping bags and containers made out of paper or natural fabric is an eco-friendly choice.

3.    Save Energy

Water, electricity, and gas are the necessities of our life, so it is important to use them wisely. Fossil fuels replenish over a million years, thus we need to manage our consumption. Many regions around the world have scarce access to clean and drinking water. Small things like turning off the lights, air conditioning, and heaters when you leave the room help. Fix leaky faucets and do not keep the water running while you brush teeth, wash dishes/cars, take a bath, etc.

4.    Opt for Renewable Resources

Hydroelectricity, solar energy, and wind (mill) energy are a few examples of renewable energy. They do not produce any harmful gases or byproducts that are damaging to our environment. Not to mention, they are much cheaper than fossil fuels in the long run.

5.     Purchase Green Products

We live in an era where several manufacturers are providing green products. Many of them are economical and a better alternative to conventional options. Buy energy-saving electronics, animal cruelty-free cosmetics, reusable cups, green clothing (made out of natural fabrics like cotton and wool), etc.

6.    Support Local Businesses

Buy things manufactured in your district or country, rather than relying on imported products that need to be shipped from overseas. This change of notion will boost the local economy, save you money, and slow down the depletion of fossil fuels.

7.     Buy Recycled Paper

All forms of paper are made from trees, which implies that lots of them are slaughtered to fulfill consumer needs. Deforestation is another major environmental problem that leads to erosion, loss of habitat, and barren land. Whether you are getting toilet paper or office/school stationery, ask the shopkeeper for recycled paper products. They are typically less crisp than fresh paper products, but also cheaper, and lighter on the environment.

8.    Invest in a Smart Car

Transportation that runs on fossil fuels is a major contributor to greenhouse gases. We can save substantial fuel if we walk more and use a bicycle to travel short distances. Relying on local transport or carpooling are also green alternatives. If you are thinking of buying a new car, then go for the eco-friendly type, i.e. electric cars are the future!

9.    Reduce Waste

Reduce your daily waste output by recycling more. Turn your organic leftovers into compost and say ‘No’ to plastic wrapping/packing. Reuse or donate stuff like old fabrics and durable plastics instead of discarding them. Avoid the purchase of disposable products that are not perishable or biodegradable.

10.   Spread Awareness

Preach your friends and family to join you in this green movement. Initiate community-level campaigns to educate people about environmental problems and tell them what they can do to help solve them.

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