Balance is the key when it comes to the human body or the environment to thrive best. Unfortunately, not much has been done to create this balance in nature. Problems like resource depletion, pollution, the “throwaway” culture, and the rise of consumerism have exerted immense pressure on the environment. Much damage has been done but it’s not too late to do our bit to restore the balance. Every individual can contribute by adopting 10 daily simple lifestyle changes to preserve the environment.
10 Daily Simple Lifestyle Changes to Preserve The Environment
Every Drop of Water Counts
1.Bucket bath instead of shower
One can save a lot of water by simply taking bath instead of using the shower. Several cities have already run out of water and others have a few days or months worth of water left. Your contribution can make a huge difference.
2. Use Discarded RO water
Not many know about the amount of water that is filtered by the RO water purifier that much amounted is wasted which comes out slowly and quietly from the outlet pipe. This water can’t be used for drinking but it can be used for other household activities like mopping or cleaning clothes. All you have to do is just extend the outlet pipe and have a container to collect the water that is discarded by the purifier. Once collected it can be used whenever it’s needed.
3. Carry your cups/bottles
Do you know that the coffee behemoth Starbucks uses 8000 cups per minute? Imagine the figure for a year, it’s 4 billion. Disposable coffee cups are cool but they consume a huge amount of paper. Carrying a cup or mug while travelling can cut down this consumption to a great extent.
Moreover, try using metal bottles that are good for health rather than disposable plastic pet bottles. They are convenient to use but create havoc for the environment as plastic waste.
4. Bring your bag to the shop
Every household should religiously practise bringing their own bag while shopping especially when it comes to groceries or vegetables. The ideal situation is to stop using plastic bags and start using cloth bags.
5. Prefer Virtual Shopping
Virtual or online shopping not only reduces carbon footprint but is also one of the safest options for shopping in today’s pandemic time. One should take care of buying items together to minimize shipments and prefer brands supporting eco-friendly packaging.
6. Don’t snip off the edges of milk packets/plastic packets
One of the easiest lifestyle changes but has a huge positive impact on the environment. It’s just the way you cut your milk packets or snack packets on daily basis. Instead of snipping off those tiny edges of the packets that end up in landfills, you need to make a horizontal cut to pour milk or have access to the snacks.
Bengaluru alone can stop generating 50,00,000 small plastic pieces ending up in the garbage bin if they cut the milk packets right. This tweet of Tejaswini Anathkumar, chairperson of Adamya Chetna went viral in the year 2019. We can imagine the figure of all those tiny edges coming from all plastic packets and the hazards that it brings in numerous ways to the environment.
7. Grow your own food
When it comes to growing your own food there is reluctance because of the space constraint. Terrace and balcony gardening is slowly catching up with the urban mass. This kind of gardening is becoming popular as one can grow fruits and vegetables in a limited space option. There are several courses and videos available over the internet to guide beginners.
8. Travel Responsibly
We are all aware of it but hardly follow it. Taking public transport is not only a wise decision but also helps the environment to thrive by reducing the carbon footprint. Switching to the metro or subway cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 76 per cent per passenger mile compared to driving own car. Taking a bus drive further reduces it to 33 per cent greenhouse gas emission per passenger mile over commuting solo.
Walk wherever you can which is not only good for health but also for the environment. Cycling is another eco-friendly travel option that has no carbon footprint and is a great way to be fit.
9.Adopt Reuse & Recycle Mantra
The reluctance and feeling ashamed to reuse and recycle should be dumped immediately. It is not only in trend to reuse and recycle whatever you can but this practice is also the need of the hour to save our planet. It’s needless to say that reuse and recycle mantra saves a considerable amount of resources and energy.
10. Opt for Preloved Thing
The second hand is ain’t so bad not only for books but also for other things like furniture, clothes, gadgets etc. Not only does it save your bucks but also you would be saving the environment by conserving resources, energy and prevent pollution too.
Embrace these small changes in your lifestyle to contribute your bit. Remember that we don’t have a planet B to rely on.
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