It has been said that the most important thing that we can do for the environment is to change our habits simply. After all, if you don’t use it, you don’t have to waste it. That’s why each day, we are going to focus on one small change that you can make to live a more environmentally sustainable life. Hopefully, these small changes will add up to a large difference.
Everyone wants to be environmentally conscious. Yet when it comes to saving the environment, many people just don’t know where to start. While you may not be able to make a dramatic impact on the environment overnight, there are a number of steps you can take to be a part of the solution. Here are just a few ideas of how to be environmentally sustainable every day.
- Use An Eco-Friendly Products
In the past, disposable and non-reusable cleaning products have been used in homes and offices all over the world. Now, with the increase of the awareness of the negative effects these products have on the environment, more people are swapping out the bleach, ammonia, and other harsh cleaning products for better alternatives. The best thing about eco-friendly cleaning products is that they work just as effectively as their chemical counterparts, and they are also much safer.
Plastic water bottles are pretty convenient. They can go where you go, and they keep your water cool. But they can also be environmentally unfriendly. Bottles are made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is derived from petroleum. While the bottles can be recycled, only 20% of plastic water bottles are recycled. The rest end up in landfills or littering our oceans and other waterways.
One way to be environmentally friendly is to use a reusable water bottle. Several options are available, including stainless steel, glass, and even collapsible bottles.
- Use Environment-Friendly Shampoo
Natural shampoos and conditioners are a great way to reduce your impact on the environment and improve your overall health. These products contain ingredients derived from plants or minerals and have a smaller carbon footprint than their synthetic counterparts.
One of the most important things to look for in green products is whether or not they are certified organic by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) or the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI). These certifications ensure that the ingredients were grown without harmful pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers.
- Use Recyclable Paper
Chances are, you’ve heard the message about using recycled paper at least once in your life: buying recycled paper products and using recycled paper at home are a great way to cut down on the amount of wood and trees used in our everyday routine. But what are the real benefits of using recycled paper?
Recycling paper is no longer the niche activity of tree-hugging activists. As the cost of paper rises and the demand for fresh paper falls, more and more companies are turning to recycled paper to save money and the environment. According to one recent study, about 6% of all paper used in the U.S. is recycled.
- Buy A Biodegradable Products
The word ‘biodegradable’ is a misnomer. It should be called ‘biostable’ instead. Biodegradable things do not last forever but are broken down eventually by other things. If a product is labeled biodegradable, it may seem as if it will decompose quickly. However, there is no single standard for what this label means. If it takes a thousand years for a product to break down, is it really biodegradable?
Almost every year, the United Nations (UN) hosts a Conference of the Parties to discuss ways to make the world a better place. Last year was the first time that the UN included a meeting on increased biodegradable products to the conference’s agenda. To date, many of the products we use are made from synthetic materials, which have an impact on our environment. Biodegradable products, in contrast, are made from natural materials that bacteria or other organisms can break down.
One way to be environmentally sustainable is to think about how you use water. This means using water for drinking, cleaning, cooking, and bathing and gardening, and landscaping. Other important ways include not wasting energy, electricity, paper, and other products.