The environmental crisis is more often than not used in conjunction with complex numbers and boring stats. When justified with intimidating numbers, it can be easy to assume that a small change won’t make an impact. However, this could not be further from the truth.
While conservation of scarce non-renewable resources and safeguarding the planet remains a complicated issue faced by the governments of the world, each and every person can contribute to this with a few simple lifestyle changes. Here are some ways you can be a superhero for the planet every single day:
Clean the house manually
Skip the vacuum cleaner and use a broom to clean the house. It takes the same amount of time and no gadget can be as efficient as your vigilant eye. Apart from the benefits that physical exercise has for the body, you’ll be able to dial back the consumption of electricity and reduce the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The fast-depleting ozone layer will thank you for it.
Carpool with your neighbour
Fact: One gallon of gas releases twenty pounds of carbon dioxide into the environment. If your workplace is in the same direction as your neighbour, why not travel together? This shared journey not only gives you a chance to indulge in stimulating conversation, it also relieves the stress of driving in peak hours. The payoff comes in the form of reduced air pollution, ensuring a safer atmosphere for you and your family.
Use your clothes intelligently
Every year, 350,000 tonnes of trash is sent to landfills, out of which only a fraction is recycled adequately. If your favourite t-shirt has developed a small tear, don’t throw it away quite just yet! Give it a second chance with a creative, designer patch that can be fixed by you or a tailor. Remember, wear what’s there.
Reuse articles of daily use
Dentists recommend changing your toothbrush every 6 months. Instead of throwing away the old one in the trash, what’s stopping you from resuing it as a tiny brush that cleans hard to reach corners? Get creative because your one small act of kindness can just ‘butterfly effect’ climate change. Yep, very very possible.
Choose your food wisely
As far as possible, try to eat local and seasonal produce. Food that has travelled long distances requires more energy to transport, refrigerate and conserve. By eating locally grown food, you support the local community and can eat more at a lesser cost – literally and metaphorically both.
Get innovative with gift wrapping
We all love surprising our near and dear ones with little gifts. But the carefully wrapped gift paper gets dumped in the wastebasket and later, joins the mounds of non-recyclable glitter and plastic ribbons in a dump yard. Why not switch to recycled paper that can be reused later as well?
Use energy-saving lights
By making the switch to LED lights, you’ll be able to conserve energy and cut down on your electricity bill. That sounds like a win-win for you and the environment! Supplement your efforts by remembering to switch off all lights when not in use.
With small steps every single day, you can become the superhero that the environment needs you to be. So why not get started today?