Easy Hacks to Live a More Eco-Friendly Life
If you’re hoping to become more eco-friendly, there’s never been a better time to do so. The world is becoming even more conscious of these issues, and many companies are taking steps to go greener. Be as it may, we’re still far from saving the planet entirely. It’s important for all of us to take notice of the things we could do to help. Here are a few simple tips to help you live a greener lifestyle.
Watch your water use
Did you know that a dripping tap can waste gallons of water per day? If you don’t pay attention to small things like this, you could be doing harm to the environment without even realizing. The same goes for your general water use. In order to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle, you need to make sure you cut down on water waste.
There are a few simple ways to do this, like turning the tap off when you brush your teeth, taking shorter showers, and watering your garden with a watering can instead of a hosepipe.
More than 8 million tonnes of plastic gets dumped in the world’s oceans per year. This leads to the needless deaths of hundreds of marine animals and birds. Limiting your plastic use, or cutting it out altogether, is a step in the right direction. Especially if you want to be kinder to the environment.
Some habits to help you cut out plastic include shopping with a canvas bag, using a reusable water bottle, and not drinking with plastic straws. Taking on these habits can be a lot easier to do than you think, and will become second nature in no time.
Use eco-friendly cleaning products
Many household cleaning products are filled with toxic chemicals. Ones that are not only bad for your health, but for the environment too. Instead of using regular brands, seek out eco-friendly alternatives. There are brands that create cleaning products made from naturally derived ingredients without any nasty chemicals added.
You could even try your hand at creating your own products. A lot of common items like lemons, baking soda and vinegar can all make great DIY cleaning products, with the added benefit of being a lot more affordable.
Insulate your house
Avoid the need to use artificial heating or an air-conditioner by making sure your home is well insulated. Some properties, such as new builds, are naturally more insulated than older homes. A lot of people, including investors, are taking note of this. New build properties such as those from RW Invest receive a lot of tenant demand and are known for their eco-friendly qualities.
New build properties can actually save approximately $629 a year on energy bills due to their ability to keep heat in. This proves that good insulation is not only good for the environment but cost-effective too.
Cut down on meat
The meat industry is one of the biggest contributors to land and water degradation, deforestation, and reef degeneration. It uses crazy amounts of water and grain. If you can, consider going meat-free, or just limiting the amount of meat you eat. The less meat you use in your meals, the more eco-friendly you will become.
One final tip to live a more environmentally friendly life is to walk more and use your car less. Cars consume a lot of fuel and can release pollutants into the air. If it’s possible to do so, make an effort to walk more, benefiting your health and wellbeing and giving you some green points in the process.
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One easy way to naturally walk more is to set yourself a goal to reach a certain number of steps each day. This way, you’ll find yourself walking a lot more to meet your daily steps. You may just skip jumping into your car for a journey that could easily be taken on foot.
Every small action makes a big effect over time.
How do you live a greener life?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.