May 26, 2024

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Simple Ways to Live a More Green Life

Simple Ways to Live a More Green Life

One of the scary things about our modern life is how much we’re impacting the environment. Through trash, pollution, and food waste, we’re having a really negative impact on the very place we plan to live for the rest of our lives. For that reason, it should be in everyone’s best interests to take care of our environment, to minimize the negative effects we have, and in general to live a more green life. If you’re looking for some simple, easy ways to live a more green life, keep reading to learn more.

Use Biodegradable Products
Do you know how long it takes for a plastic bag to break down? Over a hundred years. Think about how many plastic bags you use in a year and then multiple it over the course of a lifetime. The same with plastic bottles, any plastic toys or wrapping products you use – it can be overwhelming to think about how many biodegradable products any one of us use over the course of our lives. For that reason, where possible, I always suggest using biodegradable jars or reusable plastic bottles to reduce the environmental impact.

Take Your Reusables With You
When you’re out and about, why not carry a reusable knife and fork so if you have any takeout you can use that instead of relying on plastic cutlery that will just end up in the waste. I carry a reusable bottle with me and fill it up wherever I can, instead of buying bottled water. Keep a reusable bag or two inside your daybag so that if you pass by a supermarket or buy something you can use your reusable bag instead of getting another plastic or paper bag that will just end up in a landfill in a week or two.

Car Pool
If you’re traveling to the same place as someone such as a colleague or college mate, why not consider carpooling? With gas prices as high as they are, this can be a considerable money saver right now as well as being good for the environment. It’s also a fun way to build up a closer friendship. If you have kids, why not consider doing a car pooling school run – you just need to find a few parents to share the responsibility with. Not only will you save money on gas, but you’ll also save time on having to take your kids to school every day.

Eat Less Meat
I’m not suggesting anyone needs to become vegetarian or vegan if that doesn’t feel right for them. But most of us can reduce the amount of meat we eat. Why not incorporate a few “Vege” meal days into your week. Not only will this put less pressure on your body to digest the meat, but it will help you save money and be kinder to the planet too. It takes a lot of resources to farm animals, when you think about all the food, water, and land involved in theri care. Switching to vegetarian alternatives here and there can help make your environmental impact more modest.

Living a green life is a life that’s conscious about the impact you have on the environment and  seeking small, sustainable ways that you can minimize it.