Thinking about ways to be Eco friendly is not something that can be accomplished all in one day’s work.
This is a journey that takes a lifestyle change and serious thought when it comes to everyday life.
In this post, we will be going over some starter items that everyone can do to get started on this journey of becoming more Eco friendly!
Make A Challenge To Cut Out Plastic
In writing this article it is said that humans have created 8.3 billion tons of plastic.
This picture which is one of many you can find searching the internet about plastic in landfills doesn’t say this is a major problem I don’t know what does.
A lot of these plastic products are one-time use and then thrown away.
These dumps and people littering are taking natural habitats from animals destroying their homes and sometimes their lives in the process.
For this fact, we recommend switching from plastic to some other options that are more environmentally helpful.
In our first article, we outlined water bottles which can be viewed by clicking here.
Other ways to avoid using plastic might be getting cloth bags for your grocery hauls at your local store.
These can be reused over and over and not thrown away contributing to this above image.
Most big box stores have these types of bags and if they don’t you can purchase some by clicking here!
These grocery bags will make thousands of trips to and from the store instead of using plastic bags that get thrown away after one use.
This is just the start to the switching process.
Below is a small list of other household items that can be switched to other Eco-friendly alternatives and this can just be a start to what items you can switch out.
Try Not To Waste Food
In the United States, food waste is estimated at between 30-40 percent of the food supply.
This estimate, based on estimates from USDA’s Economic Research Service of 31 percent food loss at the retail and consumer levels, corresponded to approximately 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of food in 2010.
This crazy statistic can be minimized greatly with some work and outreach. Below are some bullet points.
- Don’t buy things for your house that go unused.
- Look into composting what you don’t use.
- Ask neighbors or friends if they need anything you won’t be using.
- Take food to local food shelters or outreach for people in need.
- For larger amounts of food, it could potentially be feed to animals on farms. (food animals are able to eat)
These are just some ideas and ways to be Eco friendly!
Use LED Light Bulbs & Devices That Cut Power
A recent statistic is that by 2035, LED Lighting will have saved around 890 billion dollars in avoided energy costs.
Changing to LED lights is not just about saving money on energy costs.
The majority of the electricity that is generated is produced from coal.
I’m sure you have been driving as seen someone with a bumper sticker that says “Coal keeps the lights on”.
This is true we want to cut back the use as much as possible.
The expansion of coal mines like the expansion of most anything takes away natural habitats from animals living where these are built and managed.
Not only that the power plants it takes to make the electricity.
You can switch all your light bulbs in your house relatively cheaply and they also make other devices you can plugin that you can set timers for or dimmers for.
Below are some of these gadgets!
- Philips LED Light Bulbs
- Smart Light Bulbs (work of Alexa and WiFi can be shut off with apps)
- Smart Plug-Ins (work off the app on your phone. Can set times to turn off and on WiFi needed)
- Programmable thermostat (for setting times to turn off, on, down, and up for when you leave your house)
These are just a start to ways to be Eco friendly.
Other steps could be making sure you have energy star rated items in your house we will go over in a later post!
Is this what your counter looks like on mail days?
I hope not but if it is we have some quick-fix solutions for going paperless and most times it’s a click away.
If you can set up auto payments for your bills and while doing that you can ask the company if they have a paperless option.
Most companies have this option on their website inside the account settings of the website you use.
Here is a list of other paperless ideas.
- Don’t use paper plates and paper towels that are one-use items.
- Go paperless on all bills you have.
- Unsubscribe to newsletters, magazines, and other mail items you don’t need or want anymore.
- Instead of notebooks and notepads switch to notes on your tablet or phone.
- If you do have to use paper reuse the backs of them for notes you have to jot down.
- Anything you can recycle do so and if possible switch to an alternative that can be reused.
Stay in touch with us as we will be going over more ways to be Eco friendly on this blog.
Do not let this be the end of your journey to becoming more Eco friendly.
Search out new ideas, and don’t be shy about sharing them with friends and family members.
Remember there is power in numbers and you can be a beacon for people on this journey even if you yourself are starting!
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