With so many environmental issues cropping up and threatening the existence of all life forms on Earth, it is becoming extremely important to adopt a green lifestyle. Going green and incorporating sustainable practices into our lives is the way to go. It ensures a balance between human needs and our natural resources.
Choosing a green lifestyle is much easier than you think. You’ll be astonished to see the positive impact that little changes in your everyday habits can bring on the environment. You don’t need a ton of money to create a wave of change. All you need is a rational and thoughtful attitude towards our Mother Earth because she is for all.
Here are ten simple steps you can practice to become green plugged!
- Push for digitization: We live in a digital age where we can seamlessly and efficiently accomplish most of our tasks digitally. From paying bills to grocery shopping, we can do it all on the digital platform. So, why do we still need paper? E-bills are as valid as paper bills. The more you work online, the less is the need for paper. Print out documents only when absolutely necessary and make a habit of reviewing stuff online. Also, when purchasing paper for your workplace or home, try and look for recycled paper. These minor habits can significantly reduce the pressure on the forest resources.
- Green your commute: Using personal cars to reach workplaces or any other place for that matter on a daily basis not only escalates air and noise pollution but also aggravates the stress on the planet’s limited fossil fuel reserves. Increasing demand does not complement the limited amount of resources and has consequently increased the cost of extraction and production of petrol, natural gas, and diesel. You can do your bit to minimize this stress by opting for the public transportation system and carpooling. Furthermore, you can cover short distances either by walking or cycling. So, you not only conserve energy resources but also get fit in the process!
- Go local. Eat smart: Purchase food items locally. Supporting local business helps to boost the local economy by creating more job and business opportunities while also reducing transportation costs and fuel usage. Many food items have to be transported from distant places, which means drainage of our fuel reserves. Hence, buying local and organic food items from your hometown is a wise idea. Also, avoid drinking bottled water and instead drink purified water from the filter. Bottled water is not just expensive but also creates a massive disposal problem.
- Reduce waste: Every household generates a good amount of waste daily. This keeps on piling up on dumpsters destroying not just the aesthetic appeal of the land but also rendering it useless. Try to reduce the amount of waste generated in your house. Recycle everyday household items like paper, glass containers, plastic containers, electronic items, etc. For disposing of organic waste, you can start composting which will function as natural manure for the soil.
- Conserve water: This seemingly abundant natural resource is fast running out its course. It is a known fact that only 2.5% of Earth’s water is freshwater fit for consumption. Fix leaky faucets and pipes to prevent wastage of water. Make a habit f taking short showers. Start rainwater harvesting by collecting rainwater in clean tanks or containers. This water can be used for many purposes like washing car, watering the plants, etc.
- Be energy efficient: Make your house energy efficient by investing in energy efficient appliances that deliver excellent performance while consuming minimal energy. CFL and LED bulbs are a good replacement for energy-hogging incandescent bulbs. Energy efficient fans, TV, refrigerators, ACs, are all readily available in the market and they promise to cut down on your energy costs significantly. Unplug chargers and shut down devices when not in use. Use PCs and laptops on energy saving mode. Use dishwasher and washing machine only when you have a full load of dishes and clothes. Air-dry your dishes and clothes instead of using the drier. These simple things can help you save a lot of money and energy annually.
- Say no to chemicals: Discard products and food items that are loaded with harmful chemicals that harm not only your body but also the environment. Opt for organic food items, personal care products, and even clothes. These do not involve the use of toxic chemicals in the production process and also decompose easily.
- Plant lots of trees: Trees are lifesavers. They provide us oxygen, shade, and a variety of delicious fruits and scented flowers! Trees also absorb in harmful gases like carbon dioxide and bring rain. They hold the soil firmly and prevent instances of soil erosion. The benefits of planting trees are many, and so, you should encourage your family and neighbors to follow your lead and make your surroundings green!
- Be a smart buyer: Be a smart consumer and buy in bulk and large packets and containers. This saves money and also cuts down the problem of packet and container accumulation and disposal. Purchase clothes that don’t need to be dry cleaned as this reduces the use of harmful chemicals used for cleaning clothes. Know what you buy and always make it a point that you buy durable and sturdy products so that you don’t have to replace them often.
- Go for renewable energy sources: Renewable energy sources (solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, and tidal energy) are all clean energies that do not release any toxic materials into the environment. They are abundant and when tapped wisely, can meet your energy needs quite efficiently. For instance, installing solar panels on the roof will allow you to harness solar energy and use it for heating/cooling homes (solar fans, solar heaters) and even for cooking (solar ovens).
So, start today and incorporate these healthy and beneficial habits into your lifestyle!
About Arindam Paul, he is a founding member of Atomberg Technologies, a startup working towards creating unique energy efficient and tech savvy products. He is currently heading the Marketing and Long term strategy division at Atomberg and is aiming to disrupt the world of household appliances.