Switching to green may come across as requiring a lot of effort, but there are simple ways to start off which will hopefully give you the momentum to keep going. Once you’re in it, it’s really not as overwhelming as it might seem. Here are some simple things you can do:
You can start with your light bulbs by replacing them with LED (low-energy) bulbs. Not only are the latter environmentally friendly, they also last a whole lot longer, which also means they’re cost-effective.
Unrecyclable plastic bags do the environment no good at all. Plus, when they’re disposed of, they take a very long time to break down, up to 400 years. (Yup. Four centuries.)
If you are using plastic bags that aren’t recyclable, reuse the ones you have for as long as you can and don’t acquire anymore. Eventually, over time, phase into using recycled ones. Invest in eco-friendly custom recycled bags. There are lots of those that come in a range of designs. They’re also very affordable and will last you a long time.
How do you drink your water? Do you tend to buy water in a plastic bottle? A lot of plastic water bottles more or less have the same effect on the environment as unrecyclable plastic bags. They clog up the environment and are also harmful to wildlife, especially marine life because that’s where, unfortunately, a lot of plastic is dumped.
How you can help: Invest in a water filter. Also, purchase a water bottle that is reusable and/or biodegradable.
Eating less meat is actually good for the environment. It has a positive impact on global warming, greenhouse emissions and deforestation. If you do eat meat, consider swapping some of your meat-based meals for a vegetarian. It’s something you can phase into. For instance, you could start off by replacing just one of your meals with a vegetarian meal every week. Then the following month, you replace two meals with a vegetarian option every week. Month three, you replace three per week. You could stop at three a week or keep going depending on how you feel. Even replacing just one meal a week will make a difference not just to the environment, but will give your body a bit of a break from digesting meat.
If you drive, consider driving less (if it’s feasible to do so). For instance, if you’re due a drive that will take you no more than ten minutes there and back, walk it instead. That ten minutes you choose not to drive is ten minutes the environment doesn’t have to experience in terms of car exhaust and fuel used.
Do not underestimate the impact and the contribution you can make by choosing to do what you can for the environment. Plus, there are simple ways to go about it such as the ones mentioned. Switching to green can make a difference. You can. As an individual.