Buy recycled products
You can make an impact by purchasing products that are made from recycled materials. Almost all of the major grocery stores in my area have a section of their paper goods that are made from recycled material. This includes things like paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, and facial tissue. You can also buy gift bags that are made out of recycled materials. When shopping online or in retail stores, you can look for companies that advertise they use sustainable or recycled materials.
Using products made out of recycled materials helps prevent new trees being cut down to be used for these types of items. In addition to using less trees, using recycled products reduces the amount of energy used during production as well as reducing pollution and waste in the environment.
Properly dispose of medications and electronics when you’re done with them.
- Properly dispose of your unused or expired medications. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that a staggering 60-80% of the antibiotics produced in the U.S. are used not by people, but by livestock–something that is both a danger to the health of animals and to human consumers (due to possible antibiotic resistance). The mass consumption of antibiotics has also led to bacteria becoming more resistant over time, causing problems with frequent illnesses as well as things like MRSA infection. Flushing away excess antibiotics and other medications may seem like an easy fix, but it’s actually very harmful for the environment–and though you may think they’re gone once they’ve left your sight, they’re still finding their way into our water supply, harming plant life and creating deadly poisons.
- Properly dispose of electronics when you no longer need them. It may be tempting to just toss out old phones and laptops when you upgrade to newer models, but it’s important that these items are properly disposed in order to prevent further damage on our planet from mining processes or toxic chemicals found inside electronic products.
Pick up trash!
- Don’t throw trash on the ground.
- Pick up trash, even if it isn’t yours.
- Don’t throw trash out of your car window (or any other vehicle).
- Provide education to others about the importance of not littering and throwing trash in proper receptacles — especially children who are in formative years and can be taught right from wrong when it comes to care for their environment.
- Speak up when you see someone littering or throwing trash illegally — tell them they’re hurting the environment and ask them to pick it up (politely of course).
Don’t litter! Littering is really, really bad for the environment. It pollutes the environment, which can kill animals and plants and make people sick. Littering makes it difficult for farmers to grow crops, so if you litter, you are also hurting our economy. And don’t forget: most places have laws against littering. You could even get a ticket if you litter!
Compost your food wastes.
Composting is one of the easiest ways to reduce the amount of food waste that goes into landfills. When food breaks down in a landfill, it creates methane gas, which is over twenty times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. With 17 percent of human-generated methane coming from landfills, composting can help us significantly lower these emissions. Some municipalities collect organic waste and send it to local composting facilities; others offer green bins to people who want to compost at home.
You don’t need any fancy equipment or knowledge to start your own composter at home. There are lots of creative ways to get started with composting, for example:
- Turning your plastic yogurt containers into worm bins
- Using plastic storage bins or old trash cans for backyard composters
- Creating outdoor “lasagna gardens” made up of layers of ingredients mixed together
Don’t waste water.
- Turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth. Doing this can save up to 4 gallons of water per minute.
- Take shorter showers. You can also save water by taking a bath instead of a shower, since baths use less water. Reducing your shower time from eight minutes to four minutes will conserve about 8 gallons per person!
- Don’t leave the water running when you’re doing dishes or washing clothes, especially if you have an automatic dishwasher or washing machine.
- Fix leaky faucets and make sure your sprinklers aren’t watering the sidewalk (or better yet, don’t use sprinklers at all).
Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
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Recycle your old cellphones, laptops, etc.
One of the most effective things you can do to protect the environment is to get rid of your old electronics in an ethical way. When electronics are thrown away in landfills, or incinerated, they often leak toxins into surrounding soil and water. If you want to get rid of your old devices responsibly, opt for recycling or donating them instead.
Recycling is fairly simple: find a local electronic recycling center near you and drop off your item(s) there. Donating is also easy if you have an item that’s still fully functional; just scope out nearby donation centers that take electronics. There’s no reason for these items to end up in a landfill when there are so many options for disposing of them appropriately!
Use reusable bags instead of plastic bags.
If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you’ve already ventured a bit into the world of reusable bags. If you haven’t, we’re here to tell you that there are many benefits to making the change from plastic bags to reusable ones.
Reusable bags have a lower environmental impact than plastic bags for several reasons. These include: their ability to be used for other purposes (such as a trash bag or grocery bag), their biodegradability, and their ability to prevent the creation of microplastic by-products. Plastic bags are not biodegradable and can break down into smaller pieces that can get into food chains. Therefore, they remain in our environment indefinitely and become an increasing threat as they break down further and further.
Additionally, plastic bags contribute heavily to greenhouse gas emissions because of both the energy needed to create them and transport them as well as how difficult they are to recycle (a process which also uses energy). Reusable bags require less energy during production than single-use plastic bags do since they can be reused multiple times before being recycled or disposed of.
Walk or bike instead of driving.
Cars and trucks are not good for the environment. They contribute to smog and global warming, pollute our air, consume fossil fuels, and produce garbage. But you don’t have to give up driving altogether to make a difference in this area.
Biking is better than driving because it doesn’t use fossil fuels or pollute the air. It can also be an environmentally friendly way of getting places when you’re going short distances: according to the New York City Department of Transportation, travel distances of one mile or less are too short for cars, yet many people still drive such distances because they think it will save them time. But biking can be just as fast or faster than driving for these trips; consider that you’ll have to find parking if you drive but not if you bike.
If biking isn’t possible, try walking instead—it’s better for the environment than driving and is much better exercise!
We all have to be aware of our individual impact on the environment and do what we can to limit it.
Part of being a good citizen is being aware of your impact on the environment and doing what you can to limit it. If everyone made an effort, it would make a huge difference. Try this simple exercise:
- Make a list of things you could do to reduce your personal impact on the environment today and in the future
- Look at that list and pick one thing from it that will be easy for you to start with, like carrying around a reusable water bottle or using reusable grocery bags
- Start today! After all, if not now, when?
What You Can Do for the Environment
After decades of pollution and a general lack of concern for our impact on the environment, it’s no surprise that we’re dealing with some big, big problems right now. But there is hope! There are things you can do right now to help protect and preserve the environment, and although they might not seem like much on their own, they really do add up.
There are changes you can make in your everyday life to help the environment:
Walk or bike instead of driving.
Use reusable shopping bags instead of plastic ones.
Avoid plastic water bottles by using a reusable bottle.
Recycle as much as possible and compost biodegradable materials.
Take shorter showers.
Turn off your water when you brush your teeth or wash dishes.
Use cold water for laundry when possible.
Shut off lights when you leave a room.
Unplug appliances when they’re not in use.
Use eco-friendly cleaning products (or make your own).
What You Can Do for the Environment
If you’re looking for ways to live a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle, this is the place to find out how. Our blog is dedicated to helping people like you find easy ways to make a difference in the world.
At the end of the day, we know that it’s not going to be any one individual who saves the planet—but if everyone does their part, together we can make a considerable impact on our planet’s health.
We want to make the world a better place, and we’re pretty sure you do too—but what can individuals actually do to help protect and preserve the environment?
Well, it turns out there are plenty of things you can do! And they don’t just belong on your Pinterest board of “Green Living Inspiration”—they’re actually simple, fun, and useful.
If you love to travel, there are small steps you can take to make your journeys more eco-friendly. Bring along a portable water bottle instead of buying bottled water at each stop! When possible, choose trains over planes (or drive!) when you’re traveling in the same country. Bring along a reusable coffee cup—you’ll not only cut down on waste but you may even be able to score discounts at some local coffee shops! When you’re eating out, try to pick restaurants that serve local food; not only will your meals taste more delicious, but you’ll also be reducing your carbon footprint. And if you just can’t resist hitting up the mall for some retail therapy, consider choosing secondhand stores or thrift shopping for your next outfit.
And that’s just the beginning. With a little bit of research and planning ahead, there’s no limit to how much good you can
The environment is more imperilled than ever before. Experts estimate that we have just 12 years to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius: after that point, flooding, drought, and catastrophic weather events will become the norm as our planet’s temperature rises in response to human activities like driving cars and generating electricity.
You might think there’s nothing you can do to stop this disaster from unfolding—but that’s not true! In fact, even the smallest changes in your daily routine have a huge impact on the environment we share. Here are seven easy ways to do your part and protect Mother Earth.
1. Turn off the lights when you leave a room, and don’t leave devices plugged in when they’re not charging
2. Use cold water instead of hot to do laundry—it’ll save energy and help your clothes last longer
3. Take public transportation, ride a bike, or walk (whenever possible) instead of driving alone
4. Buy secondhand items whenever possible
5. Shop at farmer’s markets for fresh fruits and vegetables instead of buying from supermarkets
6. Recycle everything you can—paper, water bottles, cans, boxes—and encourage your friends to recycle too!
7. Donate money or volunteer for an organization
2. Plant trees.
3. Don’t litter.
4. Buy recyclable items whenever possible.
5. Invest in reusable products instead of disposable ones when you can, like Tupperware and water bottles (but remember to wash them!).
6. Do your research before you buy something new in terms of how it impacts the environment.
7. Reduce your carbon footprint as much as possible! In this day and age, there are so many ways to do this, and they keep popping up all the time!
Did you know that if you just change a few of your habits, you can make a huge impact on the environment? You don’t have to be an activist to help stop climate change or protest deforestation—there are plenty of things you can do every day to do your part.
Today we’re talking about how cutting down on meat and going vegetarian or even vegan can save our planet. Did you know that livestock is responsible for 14.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than every car, ship, airplane, and train combined? And as we continue to increase demand for animal products, we’ll need more grazing land, which means deforestation. Not only does this destroy natural habitats for animals, it increases the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere because it destroys trees that absorb the gas!
But there’s no need to worry about changing your diet too much—you can get tons of protein from plants like beans and tofu! Cutting down on meat will help you live a healthier life as well as help preserve our planet for future generations.