The environment is a limited resource. If not used wisely today, it can lead to unpleasant consequences tomorrow. 2019 brings with it an opportunity for us to celebrate new beginnings and our relationship with our surroundings. Here are a few steps you could take to make this planet a better place for everyone who is a part of it. Add them to your resolutions for the year and achieve something for yourself and the environment!
- Carpool whenever possible
Hey, why not?! You’re not just saving the environment, but also saving yourself some hard-earned cash! You can halve the emissions and cost of travelling by pooling in with just one more person.
Also, now, with so many digital carpooling platforms, it has become much simpler to do so.
All hail car…pooling!
2. Magic of recycling and reusing
Many think of recycling as a laborious task. But, guess what? There are people who do it for you! All you have to do is drop off stuff that can be recycled at their respective centers.
Did you know that plastic bottles can now be turned into t-shirts? T-shirts that are absolutely comfortable and most people won’t be able spot the difference between cotton fabric and fabric made by recycling plastic bottles.
This is the magic of recycling and reusing.
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3. Keep a mug handy at work
Do you know what’s better than using a paper cup for the environment?A mug that can be used multiple times.
An average office goer uses 3 paper cups a day. Just multiplying that with the number of office goers in one city gives us a humongous number! Calculating the number of trees that go into making that many cups is another monstrous figure to derive.
Fun fact: If you save 1 cup a day for 40 years, you alone can save 24 trees!
4. Cycle to nearby places
How many of us loved cycling as a kid? Riding through the lanes with friends and feeling the wind rush against us. WHAT A FEELING! Go on and relive the thrill.
Apart from its contribution to the environment, cycling is an exceptional way of staying fit. It can also be a great exercise for the ones who find it difficult to make time for the gym everyday with hectic schedules.
5. Use water judiciously
Water wastage during shaving and brushing is one of the most prevalent problems around the world. If you don’t already, please turn the tap off while brushing and shaving because, it’s easier to turn the tap on and off than walk miles for it, which people in water scarce regions still have to do!
6. Remember to switch off the lights behind you
Most of us are guilty of leaving lights switched on long after we’ve left a room. Our charging ports are left on even when our devices are disconnected. All of this results in wasteful energy consumption and higher bill amounts. A mindful approach can go a long way!
Start off by using energy saving appliances, like LED bulbs.
A lot of resources are employed to produce electricity. Hence, judicious use of energy can help ease the burden on the environment considerably.
7. Plant as many trees as you can!
Plants not only benefit us humans, but also every other element of the environment namely birds, animals and the air we breathe.
For starters, you could plant cherry tomatoes at home without much fuss. They’re easy to grow, don’t take up much space and hey, nothing tastes better than fresh produce!
Certain plant species could also fit on your office desks and need we say how good they make your desk look?
8. Segregate wet garbage and dry garbage, always!
Segregation helps tackle waste management at the grass root level. Try keeping two dustbins at home, one for dry waste like paper, plastics, and cans, and another for wet waste like liquids, food and other organic waste. This process helps reduce landfill congestion and allows recycling of the materials that can be recycled.
9. Carry a bottle whenever you leave the house
Convenience and availability of water in packaged plastic bottle makes it an enticing choice when on the go. But, these bottles are a huge strain for the environment. While re-using and recycling them is a great option, staying away from them is the best option we have due to its non-decomposable trait.
Carrying a bottle with you helps you save money and spare the environment of another plastic bottle in its system.
10. Less firecrackers this year, please?
Firecrackers, the most attractive pollutants are an excellent example of ‘all that glitters is not gold’. They put up a spectacular show for the eyes and make every celebration special. But all of this comes at a cost. Fireworks fill the air around us with substantial amount of pollutants which make the air we breathe toxic.
If you’re a parent to a pet, then you must also be aware of what the poor, speechless beings go through due to the noise created. Our otherwise playful pets suddenly turn timid and curl up in a corner, seeking protection.
11. Choose organic
Fruits and vegetables served with a side of chemicals and pesticides. Doesn’t sound as healthy as we’ve been told fruits and vegetables are supposed to be, does it?
Hence, organic produce! It not only is healthier for you but is also better for the environment. It doesn’t contain pesticides that harm the soil’s fertility in the long run.
12. Use a pressure cooker or cover the utensil with a lid
When you cook with a lid on or in a pressure cooker, the heat gets retained which results in significant gas and energy savings.
Apart from saving energy, this method of cooking also helps save considerable amount of time. Depending upon the type of food, it reduces the prep time by an average of 30%.
We urge you to take up one of these resolutions every month in the coming year. A very happy New Year to you! Let’s hope we can make this the beginning to a clean, green life ahead.