Over the last two decades, the rising concerns regarding global warming and pollution have led many people to alter their routines and look for ways to live a greener lifestyle. Although it may seem like fighting a rising tide, there are things that everyone can do to help their local and global environment. If you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, here are some great tips to help you get started on your eco-friendly mission.
One of the easiest ways that you can help reduce the impact we humans have on the environment is by recycling waste materials that would otherwise end up in landfills or the ocean. Many communities and local governments around the country are introducing recycling initiatives which are making it easier than ever for people to recycle.
Switch off electronics
The amount of electricity that is used on a daily basis around the world is staggering and a large majority of that energy is derived from the burning of fossil fuels. It’s easy to think that you may not make a difference by simply switching your TV off of standby mode but cutting down on energy usage wherever possible will help towards reducing your carbon footprint.
Source local food
The price of food can often be very high and many people struggle to find options that are healthy, organic and inexpensive but buying produce that is grown or sourced locally is a great way to live green. A huge number of products found on grocery store shelves have been flown thousands of miles around the world, leaving a trail of damaging CO2 behind them.
Ditch disposable products
Wastefulness has become one of the biggest issues in the fight to help protect the planet. The practice of buying massive amounts of disposable products, often made from plastic, has become a normality but is causing detrimental damage. Where possible, try to buy reusable products so you can reduce the overall amount of waste you produce.
Take a walk
In the modern age, transport is essential for things like commuting and visiting loved ones. However, the growing number of cars in the world has drastically bumped up CO2 levels in the atmosphere. Try to reduce the amount of distance you travel in the car in order to cut down on the fuel you burn. Public transport is also a greener alternative to driving.
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