“Reducing your carbon footprint” is more than just a trendy catchphrase. We have the power to significantly improve the quality of the earth we leave behind for our children by making small steps in our daily lives.
From reducing carbon emissions to buying products made of sustainable materials, every bit counts. If you’re looking for ways to improve the world we live in and ultimately contribute to an eco-friendly earth, here are some of the most practical ways for you to get started.
Practice the 5 R’s
The popular catchphrase of the 90s “Reduce Reuse and Recycle!” hasn’t gone anywhere. Reducing reusing and recycling still works. What’s more, now we have several more R’s to add to the phrase. In addition to reducing reusing and recycling, you can also “refuse” and “rot.” When you refuse, you make an active choice to avoid products that are nonrecyclable and damaging to the environment.
When you rot, you contribute to a compost system. Instead of throwing these items away, you let them naturally decompose in your yard, or even a community compost devoted specifically to community members looking to drop off their food scraps. Contributing to the 5 R’s can make a substantial impact on the amount of waste we create as a planet and our overall carbon footprint.
Use Your Car Less
Even though using your car may be incredibly convenient, it’s not as convenient for the earth. Whenever you can, try to use alternative sources of transportation, like walking, taking your bike, or even carpooling. Although sometimes we have no other choice but to drive, the idea is to cut back whenever possible.
Besides, carpooling isn’t just better for the earth, you can actually save money on gas each month! Organizing a carpool with your coworkers is a great way for you all to save money and do the earth a favor at the same time.
Reduce Water Usage
Even though the earth is primarily made up of water, most of it is salt water, and therefore not safe for human consumption. That’s why we need to preserve the amount of freshwater that we have. Instead of being wasteful, conserve water whenever possible. Don’t leave the water running when brushing your teeth, and consider shortening your showers, or even showering every other day. While this may not be possible in the warmer months, it’s easier in winter. People looking to reduce their water usage may choose to commit to a quick rinse every other day instead of a full-fledged shower.
In addition to reducing your bathing, you should also avoid flushing the toilet every time. Just one flesh uses as much as seven gallons of water, so when in doubt, flush next time! The earth will thank you for it
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