SOCIETY AND GOVERNMENT

5 Ways to be More Environmentally Friendly

When the world is suffering from pollution, emissions, gases, and overall, the plague that most consider humanity to be, action must be taken, on an individual level and on a more organized, almost planetary level.

While organizing a planet seems unlikely, companies have to take large steps in reducing pollution and being more environmentally friendly. We can pressure them as individuals to do so, but it is up to us to practice those changes in everyday life. Here is how we can be more environmentally friendly.

Switching to Reusable Objects

Everything that you purchase and throw away often ends up being recycled and not used in the way it should be. Anything that you have and you can reuse, you should.

Reusable bags, for example, should be taken shopping any time you have to go get groceries or anything else for that matter.

Wasting plastic or paper bags should not be a priority when we can bring our own bags, stronger and better, that can fit more goods and be used multiple times, or even until they break (which should not happen with better bags, or backpacks, for that matter).

Repair What You Can

Repairing is a very underrated activity that should be performed on any and all devices which you plan on keeping. If you can repair a pair of headphones, you should do it or have someone else do it. The same goes for appliances and mobile phones, especially mobile phones.

E-waste is much harder to recycle than regular paper or plastic waste. Repairing what you can, from furniture to appliances is a great way to be environmentally friendlier.

Use Less Power

Remember all those devices which have LED standby signals? You should turn those off if possible, and turn off every device that uses power when you are not at home. Using power for no good reason is simply wasting power. Yes, there are renewable ways of producing electricity but that does not mean that we should be wasting it when it isn’t necessary.

Purchase Less of Everything

People love having clothes and shoes and sneakers they never end up wearing. This is very bad for the environment because more waste is eventually added, whether as a form of wasted energy or actual physical waste. See what you need and purchase only that. Wear the clothes you have and use them.

If you have stuff that you do not wear, do not save it for that one single special occasion that will not happen, but rather give it away to someone who will.

Be Mindful of How Much Water You Use

With global warming disrupting the climate all over the world, taking care of our water should be a priority. Do not simply leave the water running for no good reason other than laziness. Use it sparingly, only when necessary.

When you are washing your teeth, use as little water as possible, the same as washing your hands. Taps with sensors and timed buttons are great for this occasion. Take showers instead of baths and use water only to get yourself wet and wash your body (not for hours).

These are some of the ways we could all be more environmentally friendly. Public transport, packing as many people as possible in cars, these things help the environment, as well as those mentioned above. Keep the environment in mind and the future might be greener.