If you are tired of leading a useless lifestyle and are determined to live a greener lifestyle this New Year, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the big changes in your life. Starting something new can be stressful when you're not sure where to start. Rest assured that you have already completed the most difficult step: deciding to make a change. Focus on the smallest changes you can easily make before tackling the more difficult steps of your green resolution. Here are some small, easy changes you can make in your daily life to help you live a greener lifestyle:
Eat less meat.
Believe it or not, cutting back on meat can make a huge difference to the environment. More than 30 percent of the Earth's surface is being used to raise and support livestock. According to a United Nations study, “the livestock sector accounts for 9 percent of CO2 derived from human-related activities, but produces a much higher proportion of even more harmful greenhouse gases. It generates 65 percent of man-related nitrous oxide, which has 296 times the global warming potential (GWP) of CO2. " Reducing meat consumption is an important step in reducing the overall emission of GWP gases. Less livestock also means more land that we can enjoy and use for recreation. Consider replacing some of your meals with meat and eating more seafood!
2.Use less paper and recycle more.
The world we live in today is much more dependent on computers and digital technology. It's easy to go a day without using a notebook or even a piece of paper. The less paper you use, the less paper will be produced and the more trees will fill our forests. By recycling one short ton (0.91 t) of paper, you can save 17 mature trees, according to the EPA. If it is essential that you use paper at work or at school, you can still make a difference by recycling the paper you use. Today, more than 40 percent of municipal solid waste is paper and paper products. It takes less energy to create paper from recycled and used sheets than to create “virgin” paper. Recycling is easy and one of the best ways to live green.
3.Use duffel bags instead of plastic ones.
Most stores offer a duffel bag alternative to their generic paper and plastic bags. Although a duffel bag may cost a small amount to purchase, they are actually much more useful than you might think. A duffel bag is stronger than a traditional plastic or paper bag and can hold more items. A duffel bag can also be used to store items or pack items when you move in, making it useful in more ways than one. Parents, if you have kids who are about to go to college, investing in a few duffel bags would be a great gift. Your kids may not know it yet, but they will be moving around a lot in the years to come and those bags will come in handy when they need to bring the books they have been accumulating from semester to semester. Even if you don't use duffel bags, reusing plastic bags is a great way to live more environmentally friendly. Just use your plastic bags in small trash cans throughout your home, or recycle your used grocery bag! Every little change can make a big difference.
4. Start a compost pile or bin.
Compost bins have become a huge trend in the United States in recent years, and for good reason! Compost bins not only reduce waste by allowing you to reuse things that you would normally throw away, but they also save you money and help your plants grow better in your garden. Why go out and buy expensive compost when you could be creating your own out of things you're throwing out anyway? If you're gardening, it really doesn't make sense to NOT have a compost bin. Invest in one or DIY today!
5.Buy the correct bulb.
Don't rush and replace all your bulbs even if they are still working, but the next time one of your bulbs burns out, swap it out for a greener brand. Replace your old bulb with an LED light. LED bulbs can last more than five times and consume much less electricity than normal incandescent bulbs. Plus, they are brighter, which means you may be able to use fewer lamps in your home.
6.Choose fabric over paper.
Instead of running to the store and buying a dozen rolls of paper when you're ready for your spring cleaning, cut out an old T-shirt or other form of clothing and use it as a rag. You were going to throw it away anyway, why not save some money and take care of the planet at the same time? Collect all your used rags in one basket and wash them all at the same time. Use, reuse and repeat!
7.Reduce the energy in your home.
There are many ways to reduce the energy you use on yourself. This will lead to smaller energy bills and more money in your pocket! That is a victory for you and a victory for Earth. Start by lowering your thermostat in the winter and raising it in the summer. Unplug appliances when not in use, wash as much clothing as possible cold (according to the Worldwatch Institute, 85 percent of the energy used to machine wash clothes goes to heating the water), and use a rack or clothesline to dry your clothes. Reducing your energy at home is literally as easy as clicking a button. Uncomfortable taking all these steps at the same time? Try one at a time until your home is completely energy efficient!
8. Borrow instead of buying.
It's easy to spend money on things that you can easily borrow. Rent movies, borrow books from libraries, and buy second-hand goods when possible. By buying and using second-hand items, you reduce the items that need to be kept in a landfill and save money. Living green doesn't mean you have to settle for less - many of the items you find at a thrift store are just as good as the original. Search the web or explore your city for some nice items.
9.Reduce water waste.
You can live a greener lifestyle by using less water and reducing your bottled water purchases. Take a shorter shower in the morning or install a low-flow shower head. The investment in a low-flow showerhead will pay off when you receive your next water bill, and it's significantly less than the last. Cutting back on bottled water purchases is easy. Even if you live in an area where your tap water is not the tastiest, buying a water filter will remove some of the flavor from your water and purify it to your bottled water standards. Plus, a water filter will save you money in the long run, when you don't have to go to a store for more bottled water.
10.Recycling A Car.
You may not know it, but recycling your vehicle is one of the best ways to live a green lifestyle. While making your changes, you may be looking for a more fuel-friendly vehicle. If that's the case, donate your vehicle to a group like Wheels For Wishes! or someone else doing similar work in your country They will recycle your vehicle or auction it off to a new owner, with all the proceeds from your donation! The most recycled consumer product in the world today is the automobile. At least 95 percent of every unusable vehicle is recycled each year in some countries. According to the American Iron and Steel Institute, approximately 26 vehicles are recycled around the world every minute!
Make this the year of positive change. Living a greener lifestyle doesn't have to be difficult. It can be as easy as turning off a light when you are no longer in a room. Plus, living green will save you money! Start living a green life today.
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