How to be More Eco-Friendly
As inhabitants of Earth, it is only logical for us to try to sustain our planet, not just for its continuity but for our prolonged existence as humans as well. Mother Earth has given us so much. Everything we need, every resource, every mineral, every wildlife it has provided for us, for our food, shelter, and our source of income. And what do we do in return? We keep milking every inch of it and dump the waste from it back into its grounds. Our planet bleeds, begging for mercy, crying out to a deaf race, the human race. Don’t you see that we’re not only killing it, but we’re also orchestrating our extinction as well.
Pollution, epidemic, diseases, flood, hurricane, and lots more, these are not mere coincidences they are results of our shortcomings and ill practices towards the land we call home. The ice caps are melting, the waste we dispose of is not decomposing, the ozone layer is continuously depleting, global warming is upon us. Why? Because we are not serious about our planet.
We have become a people that is only concerned about what we can get from Earth, and not how we can replenish and nurture it. As it stands, we have an obvious choice to make. Either we let our planet rot and die, with us as hosts, or we can indulge certain practices and make them our obligation, so that Earth can last longer for us, for our kin, for our kind. How can we save Earth? We’re glad you asked. This piece is dedicated to the simple yet effective changes we can all make to keep our planet bountiful. Here’s how to save mother Earth.
Be More Eco-friendly
This may sound cliché or too easy but this is all you have to do. Cut back on some things and reuse other things, it’s really that simple. This is how it works. Once you require less of a particular material or item, the demand for it reduces and there’s no need to go through the hassle of harnessing and processing it if it’s not needed, hence saving the planet because the associated natural resource the Earth provides will not be exploited further neither will its accustomed wildlife and organisms be harmed. Even the waste that would have been expelled from it will not exist, therefore ridding the planet of further pollution amongst other things.
Being eco-friendly has some requirements and activities that need to be strictly adhered to. Anyhow, regardless of any reason you may have for going green, either to save money, conserve wildlife, or just because of its simplicity, every step you take and every effort you put into eco-friendly living is a step and an effort to save the world. If you’re just beginning, these guidelines are the methods you can use to live in an ecologically friendly environment.
Often times we tend to overuse some basic yet much-needed resources on a daily basis. Take water for instance. When was the last time you turned off the tap when you were brushing your teeth, took a shorter shower or used less water for laundry? We’re guessing you can’t remember. Water constitutes about71% of the Earth’s surface, looking at this number you may not take water reduction seriously. However for every 400 gallons of water, you use per day, there is a significant aquatic life form that is dying of drought. You have a chance to make this right, all you’ll need to do is to cut back on excessive use of water and other natural resources whose overuse has a detrimental effect to lifeform and the world in general. For materials like plastic, metal, glass and even paper, you should try as much as possible to reduce your need for them.
Reusing of products is a sure way of conserving energy and being eco-friendly. When products are reused either by recycling or revamping, a lot of energy that could have gone into the production of a new one is ultimately saved and conserved for future use. Instead of throwing it out and buying a new one when you need it why not reuse it? Materials like plastic, paper, wood, and glass can be reused for various purposes. Let’s say you had a plastic bottle which you used as a water retainer, when you’re about to throw it away, you can turn it into something that will serve a different purpose instead, like a pen holder, that way you’ve reused the plastic bottle and you have no need to buy a ready-made pen holder. Reusing materials slashes the need for the production of more finished products. One thing we should try your reuse is wood and paper. This is because they are gotten from the chopping down of trees and this upsets the ecological balance of our world. Deforestation affects us all. Its consequences are bestowed upon organisms, wildlife and humans as well. To prevent poaching and wildlife extinction, it is important to reuse and redesign materials instead of throwing it out.
Recycling is one of the most important steps towards being eco-friendly. The truth is, recycling has a lot of advantages to the environment in more ways than one and everyone should look towards getting on the bandwagon. Our environment would be better for it if we can decide to send a lot of our household items and appliances that are no longer in use to the recycling plants rather than leaving them on the landfills where they could either cause environmental hazards or even increase the sheer volume of the wastes on the landfills. Hence, if you are thinking of eco-friendly living then you should have two types of waste bins, one that’s filled with compostable waste and the other, recyclables. Recycling only enables us to reuse what we would have thrown out.
You can recycle pretty much everything from glass to paper to batteries and even cars. Materials like plastic do not decompose and 70% of plastic bags, bottles, containers, cutlery, etc end up in landfills and takes a thousand years to completely decompose. This is what has led to the argument “Earth or Plastic?” The way it is, if this continues, there will be more landfills than actual land in the coming years. A change is long overdue and this is why we need all hands on deck. Producing industries and factories give off tons of toxic waste that is introduced into our land and seas, killing aquatic life and rendering the water unfit for consumption. With continued waste, the demand for these materials is on the high side, hence by reusing what we can, reducing what we can’t and participating in recycling, we have succeeded in reducing the demand on these materials, saving various species of lifeforms, and ourselves.
By buying quality products
A lot of us are much more comfortable investing in substandard products just because they are cheaper. What we must realize as we make these choices is that these poor products we engage in buying are not eco-friendly. There are tons of substandard products in today’s market, and as we know, cheap and low-quality products have sooner expiration dates than high-quality products. If after ruin or damage, another low-quality product is purchased, then you have not only wasted your money but you have increased the need for substandard products in the market. With a standard or quality product, its warranty is high likewise its durability. You’ll have no need to purchase another any time soon as it will still serve its purpose years from now. Buying quality products is eco-friendly and it saves you from unwarranted future expenses.
By turning off electricity when not in use
How many of us actually pay a great deal of attention to turning off our electricity after use or when not in use? The truth is, we are doing the environment much more favor than we know by simply engaging in these simple but important routines. When you switch off the electricity when not in use, you are preserving a lot of energy which could have been taken out of the environment and saving them for future use. Energy is something that is frequently overused and this shouldn’t be so. Electricity is supplied directly to our homes and offices and most times we fail to adhere to simple practices that could save us a lot, from money to our planet as a whole. When power is constantly being used or when electrical devices are always on standby its generating companies only have to produce more to keep up with its demand and our carbon footprint increases. But if we turn off the light bulb, air conditioners, thermostat, refrigerators, and other appliances when they are not in use, or when we’re about leaving the house, this need reduces and with it your electric bill. It’s a win-win situation. However, you do not have to try all these at once, start small and build your way up depending on your comfort zones.
By Fixing Things Instead Of Throwing Them Away
Repairing things is much more ecologically friendly than throwing it away, even as the latter option is easier on your pocket. Almost everything that is damaged can be repaired with the right tools and adequate knowledge. However, if you don’t want to spend so many funds in getting it fixed, the internet houses everything we need to know about repairs and their respective tutorials, indulge it. Knowledge is power, wield it.
Nevertheless, if after this you cannot still fix what was damaged, or it is damaged beyond repair you might as well turn it to something else. This way you have recycled and reused it, but whatever you do, do not throw it away if you’re practicing eco-friendly living. It’s much easier on the environment.
By Donating Things
What you think you’re better off without, or the items you have no use for anymore, instead of throwing them out you can donate them to people who are actually craving for it. There are tons of foundations and agencies that help care for those in need; you can support them by donating what you’re no longer using. You can pretty much donate anything from food to clothes to appliances and other supplies. By doing this you’re not only saving the planet but you’re equally putting smiles on people’s faces as well as ridding yourself of all the clutter that comes with unused items. People that without your donation may have had nothing to eat or no clothes to wear will be ecstatic to receive them. Donate today, save the planet today.
By DIY Instead of Buying New
There are so many things you could make at home rather than purchase at a store. From strainers to pen holders to a cloth rack, all you’ll need is the materials for it, which you could either purchase or recycle some old householders equipment. This is an ecologically friendly method of fabrication, and with simple DIY items, you are allowed to be creative and make it however you want. This will make your utensils really beautiful as you are allowed to use arts and crafts when doing it yourself.
In order to maintain our sustenance on Earth, we will have to make some changes. Our lives are dependent on this. Scientists have highlighted that in the coming years there are only two options. It’s either our planet will kill us, it’s inhabitants, or we will destroy our world. Both ways do not seem to have a happy ending hence we’ll need to make some cuts to leave the planet habitable enough for a future generation. Simple eco-friendly activities like recycling, reducing and reusing certain materials are very effective in minimizing the damages of the activities of the human race. These damages include drought, pollution, and its related diseases, infant mortality, hurricanes and lots more. We can admit that these are all deadly and hence, we’ll need to abide by these counter practices for our sakes.