There are plenty of people out there who want to be more environmentally friendly, but don’t know where to start or they think it’s going to cost a fortune to be more eco-friendly. Taking care of the planet doesn’t have to cost a ton and it’s really easy to get started. Here are some simple tips to start reducing your footprint on the Earth.
Geeze, that seems too simple, but you don’t know how many people I know that will drive the 10 yards to their mailbox. Turning your car on and off wastes fossil fuels releases C02 emissions into the air. If you have less than 2 miles to go, take a quick walk or even a jog. Not only will you feel better about helping the environment, but you’ll feel better due to the exercise you’re doing. If you work less than 10 miles away, why not ride a bike to work? People have been so consumed by using cars to get absolutely everywhere that this doesn’t even cross peoples minds. 10 miles on a bike is a breeze. Now you’re not only helping the environment and getting yourself fit, your even going to save money by not spending it on gas.
Do your kids go to school and then come home and play video games or watch TV? Why not have them start playing outside. This will help save electricity. New, large, plasma and LCD TV’s use up tons of energy, by turning the TV and video games off you’ll again be benefiting the environment and the fitness of your kids. Do you think your kids will be bored without their video games? Give them a chance. You didn’t grow up glued to the TV and playing video games, did you? There are tons of things for them to do outside. Ride a bike, skateboard, scooter, rollerblade, walk the dog, have them build something you’ve been needing done, gardening, chalk, jump roping, basketball, dodgeball, and the list could go on.
Watch what you buy
A lot of times the eco friendly version of an item costs just as much as the un-environmentally friendly item. It’s really just a matter of looking for it. Reems of paper that you use for printing can come in a 100% recycled version and cost the same or just pennies more than paper used from virgin trees. Garbage bags, ziplock bags, sponges, dish soap, laundry soap, and make-up also come in environmentally friendly options with very close prices to what you would pay anyways.
Watch where you shop
Shopping at stores that cater to environmentally conscious people usually offers better prices on those items. Since these stores buy environmentally friendly items in bulk, they are able to pass on the savings to the consumer more so than discount stores that only buy a few of these items. Stores like Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Trader Joes, are a great place to get started. They offer not only offer eco-friendly products, like the detergents and soaps, but they usually offer organic produce at the same cost and sometimes cheaper than the non-organic groceries and large grocery stores.
Buying organic foods makes a huge difference to the planet. Most of the produce that you consume that is not organic is covered in pesticides and other chemicals to help farmers make a profit. By constantly spraying crops with pesticides and herbicides they reduce the amount of crop they lose to things like bugs. However, this isn’t good for your body or the earth. These pesticides can be difficult to wash off before eating, and what you do wash off ends up in our water supply.
Eat less meat
When you hear greenhouse gas or greenhouse emissions, the first image in most peoples mind is cars, airplanes, and trucks, but actually more greenhouse gas and emissions come from livestock being raised for consumption than cars or airplanes. More and more land continually has to be cleared to make room for livestock. This land could have otherwise remained a forest. Livestock is one of the biggest contributors to water pollution. On average a single person consumes over 1,000 animals in their life and 6 billion are killed each year for food. Imagine if there were 6 billion less animals to feed, water, and provide land for. Reducing the amount of meat you eat, or by stopping to eat meat altogether is one of the best things you could possibly do for the Earth.