5 + 1 Tips To Make Your Daily Life Greener
Let every day be Earth Day!
Life in the city is tough and fast-paced. Often times it makes you do things you don’t really want to do, just for the sake of an immediate convenience that ends up being bad for you and for those who surround you.
Nowadays, unsustainable habits and the consumption of disposable items are so deeply embedded in our daily lives that most of the time we don’t even pay attention to the future risk they will cause. This is why we should think before buying and possibly change some simple daily habits to reduce our overall environmental impact. Let’s celebrate Earth Day every day!
1 – “No (plastic) straw, please!” – Whenever ordering your drinks, politely ask the bartender or waiter not to put any plastic straw in it. You can alternatively use your own paper, glass, bamboo, or stainless-steel straw instead. Encourage your friends and family to do the same and start your own straw revolution!
2 – Eat local and in season food. – Eating things local helps reduce the amount of fuel and energy needed to transport the food from the field to your fridge. This is also a wonderful opportunity to support the local farms in your area. And, even though it’s great to eat strawberries on November and have an orange juice on July, try eating fruits and vegetables in their right season: this will significantly reduce the cost of refrigeration (and their taste will be thousand times richer)!
3 – Reuse your shopper bag! – Bring your own bags every time you go shopping. Consider using reusable bags made of natural material like cotton and canvas and remember to buy in bulk when possible to reduce packaging.
4 – By train, car or plane? – One of the easiest ways to make a significant difference is to travel by train. What you can do is to plan fewer and longer vacations that are far away, and more frequent trips closer to home (that you can reach with public transports). A good custom will also be use public transports instead of driving or organize a carpool: one car will use less gas than two or three. Of course, the best eco-friendly way to get around town is by bike or walking!
5,1 – At home tips. – Unless you are using them, leave your electronic devices and chargers unplugged all the time. Turn off your power strips as well because all electronics suck energy when they’re plugged in, even if they’re powered down. Try to replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent or LED ones. Not only LED light bulbs use 80% less energy than their traditional incandescent counterpart, but they will also last longer. Like that you will avoid the stress of buying new bulbs every other month.
5,2 – Some office tips too. – Unplug all power strips before leaving the office and think if you really need it all in hard copies before printing an email. If you do and it’s not something official, consider reusing some already-printed paper or print it double-sided.
6 – Reduce your consumption of bottled water and other packaged drinks. – By using a refillable bottle you will help reduce not only the single-use plastic consumption worldwide but also the demand for plastic and fossil fuel.
Plastic bottles are a contradiction in terms: on one hand, they are built-to-last, while on the other hand, they are conceived for a single use. How can this be? Many pages have been written about how unhealthy it is to re-use a plastic bottle, and many more have been written about the damages caused by plastic pollution and climate change. So, why don’t we switch our bad habits to good habits?
Every minute, worldwide, 1 million plastic bottles are sold and, of this astonishing quantity, just a small percentage will be recycled. One million per minute means almost 20000 bottles. 90% of which will end up in landfills or worse, in the ocean.