As more and more awareness is being created, many of us have been moving to more greener and eco-friendly ways of living. Whether at the office, the home or in schools and other business, there are many ways to adapt and make changes that will allow you to join the green revolution. By making these small changes and making adjustments to your way of living, you will be contributing to the greater good; reducing landfill waste, cleaning the atmosphere and most importantly, preserving our planet.
If you are yet to make these changes and adopt a more green approach to your way of life, we’re here to help. You can start by making small but noteworthy changes within the home and they will most certainly go a long way. You can start by choosing only three things and focus on them which is a great way to start adapting to a greener way of life.
Replace plastic bags with jute/ cloth bags
This is one of the very basic ways in which you can adopt a green approach in your everyday living and comes at minimal cost. When you go for your grocery shopping, ditch the plastic bags and take your own. Jute bags, or cloth bags are strong and can carry all your groceries and can be reused over and over again. You’ll be helping the environment and at the same time you could be setting an example for other shoppers who may also adopt the use of these bags after seeing you. If you are going to shop for just one or two items, forgo the plastic bag if the items fit in your handbag or if you can carry them to your car.
Buy a glass or reusable water bottle
Doing so will mean that you can stop buying plastic bottles of water which are also known to contain poisonous chemicals. Keep your bottle handy so you can refill at any given time and keep it with you at all times. This will prevent you from purchasing bottled water and in turn, help save the environment.
Turn all lights off when you leave the room
This one is a given and you should be doing this anyway to keep your electricity and utility bills low. Even if you think you are leaving the room for a few minutes, turn that switch off! It will only take a second of your time and you’ll be saving your bill and helping the environment all at the same time. It really is a win win situation.
Leave the lights off for as long as you can
Each morning, the first thing you may do is turn the lights on. Why not try and make use of natural light instead? Draw your curtains, open your windows and get a whiff of that fresh air. At some point you will of course need to turn your lights on, but see how long you can go without turning the lights on!
Pay your bills online
Are you used to coming home to all your bills sent under your door? If you think about it and do a quick count, you have your electricity bill, the internet bill, the water and maintenance bill and any other bill that you may incur at the end of each month. Now that’s a whole load of paper that could be saved if you simply opt to pay your bills online. If need be, set up your accounts and inform each company that you would like to receive your bill online and you will no longer receive a paper bill in the mail.
Opt out of unsolicited mail
We’ve all been victims of junk mail! Catalogues, advertisements, flyers, a new service or cafe, you name it. If you can, get your name off the list where companies can reach out to send you all this junk mail. If you have subscribed to the newsletter of your favourite brand or local business, see if they have the option to view it online.
Walk or bike for errands close to home
If you have to run an errand that takes about 5 minutes to get to by car, why not opt out of driving and instead walk or bike. This saves fuel, doesn’t add to the pollution and at the same time, you’ll be getting some exercise. And what’s better than getting in some activity and being environmentally friendly at the same time?
Switch your light bulbs to energy efficient ones
Energy saving light bulbs are designed to use less energy and are made specifically to save and store energy. These bulbs are also known to last up to 12 times as long as conventional light bulbs and use less electricity to produce the same amount of light as a traditional light bulb. These are great because they help you to reduce the carbon footprint of your home.
Reuse scrap paper
If you need to print, whether for work or for any other reason, this is where you can save a lot of paper. Don’t use a new sheet each time, instead, opt to use both sides of each sheet. If it is for personal use then this can definitely be done and you’ll be saving tonnes of paper. Not only paper, but you will also find that you will be saving money on purchasing printer paper and ink. Meanwhile, any scraps of paper that can’t be reused can be given to the children to draw or paint on.