March 17, 2020
Our outdoor world is a gift to us all, and we all play a part in preserving it for future generations. If you’ve heard of the green movement, you are probably familiar with recycling and other practices that can lead to more ecologically responsible lifestyles.
But what simple ways can you help the earth besides recycling? How can you help protect the environment and its natural resources for current and future generations? We’ve listed 10 simple actions you can take today to help the environment and keep our earth healthy.
Realistic Ways to Help the Environment
There are a variety of practical and realistic ways you can help the environment today, including:
- Use energy-efficient lightbulbs: Energy-efficient lightbulbs include light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, halogen incandescents, and compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs. Compared to standard incandescent bulbs, these lamps can last longer and use over 50% less energy.
- Recycle glass: Glass manufacturers need recycled glass. Today, high-quality recycled container glass is still required to meet market demands for new glass containers.
- Stop using disposable bags: Try making your own bags or investing in reusable ones.
- Put a stop to unsolicited mail: Sign up for online banking — it’s incredibly efficient, simple, and will help you save some energy as well! You can also opt out of prescreened credit card offers to reduce paper waste.
- Turn your computer off overnight: Turning off computers and any other devices in your house, as well as turning off lights as soon as you leave a room, are excellent ways to conserve energy.
- Donate to food kitchens: Instead of chucking the food you don’t eat, or that has remained on your shelves for a couple of months, donate it to a food kitchen.
- Use less food packaging: Buy fresh food that doesn’t come prepackaged and avoid things like aerosol cans and individually packaged items. You can also help the environment by purchasing boxes instead of bottles.
- Scale back on car use: Allotting a specific day a week to go car-less goes a long way toward helping the environment. Most big cities have bicycle sharing programs for individuals who aren’t owners.
- Say goodbye to water bottles: Each year, millions of barrels of oil are used to produce disposable water bottles. Try investing in a BPA-free water bottle — or any water bottle, for that matter — and carry it with you throughout the day.
- Quit using plastic straws: Scientists are scrambling to find solutions to the more than 9.1 billion tons of plastic our species has created. One realistic action we can all take today is to ditch plastic straws. Because of their size and shape, they’re impossible to recycle.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint With a Camping Trip
There’s one tip we’ve neglected to include on our list of ways to help the environment, and that’s camping. When you camp, you consume less water and use less electricity than you would if you were at home. Even a short weekend camping trip can remind us that we don’t need to rely so much on power and electronics in our daily lives — and that reducing our carbon footprint is easier than we thought.
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