Every day, there are headlines that point to a worrying increase in the average temperature of our planet. Additionally, various types of water, land, and air pollution continue to be problems.
It is easy to feel powerless in the face of all this, but by acting in a responsible manner with respect to the environment, you have a chance to influence others in your social circle, potentially causing a positive ripple effect.
Knowing this, here are a few ways you can become more environmentally friendly in your daily life.
1) Hire cleaners that use environmentally friendly cleaning products
If you are too busy with your career to clean your house on a regular basis, you might be making use of cleaning firms to help keep your living spaces neat and tidy. While most do an excellent job, not all use chemicals that are environmentally-friendly.
By making use of a firm that uses green seal certified cleaning instead of standard household cleaning products, you will be able to create time for your pursuits and save the planet at the same time.
2) Reduce your meat consumption
In recent years, it has been well-established that the raising of livestock contributes huge amounts of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.
Yet, many of us are hesitant to abandon our meat-heavy diets to become vegans in order to save the planet.
However, it is not necessary to stop consuming animals entirely to achieve significant reductions in the production of methane and other forms of carbon. Simply committing to not eating meat one or two days per week can have a huge impact.
Margarita pizzas, pasta with tomato sauce, grilled cheese sandwiches – there are plenty of awesome foods out there that don’t have a gram of meat in them.
3) Reduce, reuse, recycle
While some municipalities require their residents to participate in recycling programs, many others only make it optional. If you live in a community where the latter policy is in effect, you can make a huge impact by recycling every bit of trash that can be placed in a blue or grey bin.
If you are thinking about throwing out an item, think to yourself: is there another use for this item that would prevent me from having to throw it out?
Finally, when you are at the mall and you are tempted to buy something, ask yourself if you really need it.
By delaying gratification for 24 hours, you can prevent a lot of mindless consumerism that only serves to place more stress on our planet.