Living a cleaner, more eco-friendly lifestyle does not have to mean changing your whole way of life. It can be incredibly simple and easy. The fact that you have decided to make a change, means you have crossed the most difficult step. Start by focusing on smaller changes you can make easily before you tackle the more difficult steps of your eco-friendly resolution. Here are some easy and small changes you can make in your everyday life to help live a more eco-friendly lifestyle:
1. Eat Less Meat
This sucks, I know...but trust me cutting back on your consumption of meat can make a huge difference in the environment. More than 30 percent of the Earth’s surface is being used to raise and support livestock. Cutting back on your meat consumption is an important step in reducing the overall emission of GWP gases. Less livestock also means more land we can enjoy and use for recreation. Consider replacing some of your meat-heavy meals with vegetables or eating more seafood!
2. Borrow, Don't Buy
It is easy to waste money on things that you can easily borrow. Rent movies, borrow books from libraries and buy secondhand goods when possible. By purchasing and using pre-owned items, you reduce those items that need to be kept in a landfill and save yourself money.
3. Reduce Your Water Waste
Enhance your eco-friendly lifestyle by using less water and cutting back on your bottled water purchases. Take a shorter shower in the morning or install a low-flow shower head. Cutting back on bottled water purchases is easy. Buy yourself a stainless steel bottle and a water filter for your tap water.
4. Recycle More (duh!)
You as a person can literally save trees by recycling. According to EPA, by recycling 900 kg of paper (it's a lot, but keep in mind this is not all at once) you can save 17 mature trees. If it is essential for you to use paper at your job or at school, you can still make a difference by recycling the paper you do use.Recycling is easy and one of the best ways to live green.
5. Use Less Paper
While you're recycling your paper so nicely, the next step would be to cut back on your paper usage altogether. The world we live in today is much more reliant on computers and digital technology. It is easy to go a day without using a notebook or even a piece of paper. The less paper you use, the less paper needs to be produced and the more trees that get to fill our forests.
6. And Less Plastic (again, duh!)
Plastic is evil...did you know it can take a plastic bag 10-1000 year to decompose, and plastic bottles even longer! In our The Zip Lock Bag Eco-Challenge article we give many tips on how to cut back on plastic usage. Go check it out and learn how your canvas bag can save the planet!
7. Turn it off!
Energy conservation is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. If you're not home, don't leave lights on unnecessarily. Leaving your electrical items on standby needlessly uses up energy – hit the off switch and you could see huge improvements, most noticeably in your energy bills.
8. Grow Your Green Finger
This point is two-fold: grow your own veggies, this will not only save you money, but it’s also a great way to cut down your carbon footprint and be eco-friendly. And plant some trees while you're at it! Ecological sustainability is very important when it comes to eco-friendly living. Without a stable