The issue of climate change is one that can’t be ignored any longer; and, as a species, we’re all responsible for making small and large changes that will help to lessen the environmental damage that we’ve inflicted on our planet.
We’ve put together ten useful, and very detailed, tips to help you to live a greener, more eco-friendly life...
1) Reduce your food waste
Approximately one third of all food produced in the world gets wasted each year. You can help to reduce food waste in a number of ways:
Reducing the amount of food you waste will also save you money too, which is an added bonus! For more information on reducing food waste, visit the Love Food Hate Waste website, where you’ll find some great tips and innovative recipes.
2) Reduce your meat consumption
In its simplest form, the argument for a vegetarian diet is this: if we feed animals on plants, then eat those animals, we use more resources and produce higher volumes of greenhouse gases than if we just eat the plants ourselves. There’s a bit more to it than that, and this Washington Post article on the environmental implications of diet is worth a read.
However, it can’t be ignored that the meat production industry contributes to around 50% of all greenhouse gas emissions, so the eco-conscious amongst us can help by altering our eating habits...
3) Reduce the amount of water you use
When you turn on the tap in your house and water comes out, it’s easy to forget (or ignore) the journey that those droplets of H₂O have taken to reach your glass. However, a great deal of energy is needed in order to process and clean water each day, not to mention the energy required to heat it when you turn on the hot tap. If you want to live a more eco-friendly life then it’s vital that you adopt measures to reduce your water use...
If you have a water meter and pay for the water you actually use rather than just a standard rate, saving water will also save you money, so it’s worth speaking to your water company about the possibility of having a meter installed.
4) Rethink your transport options
Transportation is responsible for a decent proportion of the greenhouse gases that get emitted into the environment. So one of the easiest ways you can go green and have an impact on global warming is by rethinking your transportation options...
Whilst greener living is generally focused on reusing and recycling products, when it comes to cars it’s sometimes better to opt for a newer model as they tend to be more fuel efficient. If you are in need of a new car, a hybrid vehicle that runs on both petrol and electric is a good option as it will have cleaner exhaust emissions.
5) Insulate your home
When the weather is cold you’ll naturally want to crank up the heating and keep things warm and toasty. However, if your home isn’t properly insulated you’ll end up using way more energy than you need to in order to keep it cosy and warm. Here are some ways that you can insulate your home and use less energy to heat it...
Once your home is insulated sufficiently, you should be able to turn your thermostat down by a few degrees. Your home will be retaining more of the warmth it generates, and will be working less hard to generate heat, thus allowing you to use less energy.
6) Be a savvy shopper
There are people out there who reject consumerism and live their lives in a way that is dedicated to reducing waste and helping the environment without spending a penny. Commonly known as ‘freegans’, this niche group of people survive by retrieving discarded food and goods from supermarkets, and living off the land. However, it’s a pretty time-consuming and dedicated lifestyle which is not for the faint of heart. For most of us, shopping for food and items is a necessary part of life, but there are ways that you can care for the environment whilst you shop...
7) Reuse and recycle
Landfill sites are ugly and unsightly, which is not great for the immediate environment around them; but they are also really bad for the overall environment of the planet too. Landfill sites are some of the biggest sources of methane gas, which is one of the greenhouse gases responsible for global warming and climate change. You can help to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfill by following these tips...
8) Replace your bulbs with LEDs
Traditional incandescent and fluorescent bulbs have served us well for many years, but it’s time we faced up to the fact that they’re just not very energy-efficient. Switching your household light bulbs to eco-friendly LED bulbs will save you money on your energy bills, as well as being better for the environment for a number of reasons...
9) Go paperless
Paper-based bills and statements are costly for companies to issue, and often annoying for customers to receive in the mail. We’re all so busy these days, and it’s far easier and much quicker to view bank statements and pay bills online. Many companies and banks even have purpose-built apps now so you can perform these tasks on the go from your smartphone or tablet. Going paperless has a number of great benefits for you and the environment...
Why not go further in your pursuit of a paperless life, and read your daily newspaper or favourite magazine online instead? This will help to reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to the reduction in trees being chopped down and paper waste being recycled.
10) Reduce your use of chemicals
Most of the cleaning products available on the market use harsh chemicals to tackle germs, dirt, and grime. Although these chemical-based cleaning products are effective at cleaning your home, they are also bad for the environment, as well as being potentially harmful to your health too. It’s not just household cleaning products either; your daily toiletries also contain chemicals which can find their way into the water supply of various wildlife. Cutting down on your chemical use is easier than you might think...
In conclusion, there are a wide variety of ways in which you can reduce your carbon footprint and make a difference to the future of the planet. Whether you make one or two small changes, or go all-out and pledge to make your life as green as possible, as long as you’re doing something you’ll be contributing to the greater good.
According to a survey conducted food waste facts show that a third of the world’s food is wasted which is precisely 1.3 billion tonnes per year, which is enough to feed 3 billion people or say 10 times the population of the USA. The UN says one-third of the edible food gets lost or wasted globally, which is as high as 30 or 50 percent. And shockingly, food waste generates 3.3 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases.
With increased awareness, today people are conscious about what they eat both from a health and environmental perspective. There has been a considerable decrease in the emissions of the consumption of meat has decreased. Reduce the use of paper and water and stick to recyclable items. Use public transportation services and use cloth over a paper. Start a compost pile or bin and maintain digital records than paper records.
Reduce the consumption of electricity in homes using eco-friendly options. Upgrade your electricity options, even in the case of swimming pools (http://www.soldapools.com/blog/swimming-pool-upgrades/easy-eco-frie...).
Also, consider reducing on dairy consumption. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction. There has to be put 660 gallons of water into one burger.