Every day you make decisions that either help the environment or hurt it. From what you eat, to how you travel, and how many children you have, countless factors impact your carbon footprint. If you’re serious about protecting the planet, you need to become intentional in caring for the environment.
Keep reading to find our tips on how to be more eco-friendly.
1. Reconsider Your Mode of Transporation
Vehicles emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into our air. These harmful gases are responsible for one-fifth of America’s global warming pollution. If you want to make a big impact, consider changing your driving habits.
Walk where you can. Buy electric bikes for the family for commuting to work and school.
If you live in an area that’s not walkable at all, invest in a “green” car. Full-electric vehicles are the most environmentally friendly options on the market today.
2. Focus on Your Use of Resources
Start paying attention to how you use various energy-consuming resources in your life.
It’s very easy to leave lights on as we move about our homes, but it’s not an eco-friendly way to live. The average household has over forty light sockets so imagine how fast that wasted energy can add up. Turning off the lights helps the environment and lower your energy bills, too.
Heating your home can cost a pretty penny, especially during the winter months. Your heater not only racks up your energy bills, but it also isn’t that great for the environment. Traditional ways of heating homes involve the use of fossil fuels which are a leading cause of global warming.
You might consider investing in a geothermal heating system for your home. If that’s not in your budget, a pellet stove is another great option. Pellets come from a renewable resource and won’t put out a lot of pollution.
3. Reconsider Your Shopping Habits
We all remember the adage “reduce, reuse, recycle” being drilled into our heads as kids. This motto is just as important today as it was when we were children. There are countless ways that retail businesses add to the ever-growing waste problem.
Did you know that 85% of our clothing winds up in landfills?
Instead of buying new clothes, visit your local thrift shops. When you recycle or upcycle clothing, you’re decreasing the demand for production. The fewer people who buy new clothes, the less the manufacturer needs to make.
Buying second-hand also helps preserve our precious water. Clothing manufacturers use over 700 gallons of water to make a single t-shirt.
We don’t expect you to buy everything second-hand, though. When buying new items, try to choose options made with recycled materials to reduce environmental harm.
Know How to Be More Eco-Friendly
We hope our blog has shown you how to be more eco-friendly in your day-to-day life. There is no need to reinvent the wheel. Small, simple changes can make a big difference and reduce your carbon footprint.
Keep reading our blogs for more How To articles to help you change your life.