5 Ways to Be Sustainable (Almost) Without Lifting a Finger
People who claim they don’t “believe” in global warming, have finally become extinct. The issue of sustainability matters to us all, at the very least because it has a direct impact on the health of our loved ones and ourselves. Having an eco-friendly lifestyle may seem deceptively difficult and time-consuming, but in reality, there are super simple steps you can take. Even with the most minimal effort, you can help all of us preserve our health and planet.
1. Just Say “No!” to Plastics
Plastic bags and packaging are some of the most widely spread pollutants. Luckily, you can help get rid of them straight away, by using reusable bags and containers. It’s simple to place one in your car, your bag, your office desk, so you’d always have easy access to a reusable bag. They cost just a few bucks, and can be purchased from supermarkets, household supply stores, as well as local designers of fabric goods.
If you’ve forgotten your reusable grocery bag, consider if you might place your purchase in your regular bag, instead of getting a plastic one.
2. Switch off the Lights
For the bulbs to burn bright, the electricity needs to come from somewhere. In most cases, this often means burning fossil fuels and releasing harmful chemicals into the atmosphere. The wind currents carry them around the planet, and so the bathroom lamp you accidentally left on, is now melting glaciers and causing a tsunami.
It’s easy to forget the lights on, but it’s even simpler to build the habit of turning them off– you just need to do it consciously for a few weeks, and after that, it will become as natural as breathing. Just one flick of the switch and you are already contributing to our mutual survival.
3. Turn off the Tap
We are used to seeing water as a closed cycle. If this was ever true, it is no longer applicable to our world and it is about time we realized that we can, indeed, run out of water.
Even though 3/4 of the planet’s surface is covered in water, less than 1% of that is drinkable! Moreover, in 2015 NASA published a study, which shows that 1/3 of our large underground water basins have reached critically low levels. What this means is that we are using more water and faster, than what can get back into the ground, and so our water supply is running low.
The fact that our global resources are dwindling, has an impact on many areas of our lives, including the food we eat. Global warming is a blow to the atmosphere that causes sweeping drought in some regions, and dangerous storms in others. One of the repercussions is that crops are being destroyed, which makes food more expensive around the globe. As a result, an increasing number of people are able to buy fewer food supplies.
It may seem like our personal efforts are meaningless, in the face of this frightening global situation. However, in this case, the proverb, “Little drops make the mighty ocean” is fully based on reality – minor efforts, made by lots of people, have a great impact.
You can easily do very little, to contribute a lot. A few examples: turn off the tap while you brush your teeth, wash your face, shave, or scrub the dishes. Try to use water-saving options, when flushing the toilet, using a dishwasher or a washing machine, showering, cleaning the house, watering your plants, etc.
4. Unplug the Chargers
Take a look around your home, or the homes of your friends and family. Chances are, you will notice at least a few loose chargers, hanging helplessly from the sockets. You are probably aware that when chargers are plugged into the wall, they keep on mooching off of the electrical system, even if they are not charging a device.
By keeping chargers plugged in, not only are we fattening up our electricity bills, but we are also wasting precious energy – every kilowatt brings our planet one step closer to destruction. Alright, that last part might be a tad dramatic, but unplugging chargers, which are not being used, is both effortless and important.
If you’d like to learn more about the gravity of unplugging the electronics which are not being used, this DNews video is illuminating.
5. Choose Glass
If you’d like to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy, while saving the planet, you can achieve wonders, with the minimal effort of opting for glass packaging, instead of plastic or metal.
Unlike most other types of packaging, glass is safe to use for humans. Plastics, as well as metal cans, secrete dangerous chemicals, which mix with your food and drink, to end up in your system. Of those chemical compounds, the most notorious is Bisphenol A.
Lab animals are forced to bear the cost of tests with Bisphenol A. The results are indisputable – this compound is directly linked to illnesses, such as cancer, neurological changes, infertility, asthma, and obesity.
Even though most official reports on the topic state that the effects of Bisphenol A on humans are “unknown”, many people believe that a chemical compound, which is devastating to animals, couldn’t possibly be safe for people.
Let’s focus on the positive – glass is a 100% recyclable (provided you place it in the recycling bin) and is completely safe to use. As a lightweight alternative, try the reusable plastic and metal containers, which are safer and more sustainable than their disposable counterparts.
If these 5 simple steps don’t seem enough, you can become a real hero, by using less packaging. Click here to learn how!
Which of the 5 suggestions seems easiest? Can you think of any other ways to be sustainable, with little effort?
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