Many of us believe that we lead lives that respect nature but our consumption habits give us away. Many little habits that seem to be sustainable are in fact polluting. We all want to protect our planet, but we're mostly too busy or too lazy to put up big change that would improve our lifestyle and save the environment.
These are 5 simple habits to implement in your everyday life which will make a difference. There is nothing new here but if we follow at least some of these tips, we can be contributing in participating in the protection of the environment.
1) Consume less- Curbing consumption can have a huge impact on the environment. The three "R's"—reduce, reuse and recycle— get a lot of attention, but the planet could benefit from some focus on the most important and most underrepresented "R": refuse.
When you refuse, you say "no," which is not always easy. Freebies at events, cheap goods on clearance, the hot new children's toys or the latest gadgets that promise to make your life better—none of these are essential. And they almost always end up either in the trash or forgotten in the back of a closet. Next time you’re tempted to purchase or accept a non-essential item, think about whether it would truly improve your life. If not, it's ok to just say, "No, thanks!"
2) Bring your own bags- It's such a simple thing to do, and so beneficial for the environment––bringing your own bags to stores not only helps cut down on the number of bags needed, and by extension the resources needed to create them, it also means that fewer bags get thrown away into our already-overfull landfills. And yet, it's really, really easy to walk out the door without them. Our solution? Put your reusable bags right near something that you always grab when you go out the door, like your keys or your shoes. Better yet, keep some in your car. You never know when you might need one, and going reusable really does make a difference.
3) Plant Trees- The most significant method to preserve the environment is to plant trees. Trees may take longer to grow, but they serve the next generation. Have you ever walked under the scorching sun and wished there was a tree to offer you shade? If you have, what did you do about it? Trees provide shade and eliminate the need for air conditioning. Trees are used in the paper industry. So, you can save the trees by maximizing the use of your paper. For example, you can print or write on both sides.
4) Conserve water- Water is life. Water conservation is vital since we cannot survive without water. A significant amount of energy is used to pump water to your home. You can minimize water wastage through;
5) Compost - Another thing that doesn’t get much attention but has important environmental implications is “rot.” As in, let your food and yard waste rot naturally in the soil instead of sending it to the landfill. In other words: compost. Composting your food scraps and yard waste offers double rewards: it keeps an incredible amount of trash out of the waste stream, and it produces free, rich soil to use in your garden. Some cities now pick up organic waste alongside regular trash and recycling pick up. If your area doesn’t offer this service, no worries— you can set up a low-maintenance compost pile in your backyard.