Environmental pollution is a well-known problem, and living life the “green” way is becoming more and more fashionable – giving up synthetic materials, eating organic food, breathing fresh air, and sorting waste. For the average person, there are a few simple recommendations to use when joining others in this eco-friendly lifestyle and make everyday life useful for both themselves and the environment.
A competent approach to buying products, clothing, and basic necessities. When choosing products in a store, the best solution is to buy local products first. The closer the product was produced, the less fuel was spent on transporting it. In addition, as a rule, local products are cheaper than imported ones. When choosing fruits and vegetables, you should try to give preference to seasonal products.
The consumption of semi-finished products and various “quickly-prepared” foods should be minimized, from fast food from popular food chains, to chips, sausages, cakes and other harmful products. When buying, attention should be paid to the composition of the product, avoiding products containing chemical dyes and preservatives, as well as GMOs. You should include as many fresh vegetables, cereals and other natural plant foods as possible in your diet. Meat should be chosen lean, high-protein with a minimum of fat, and fresh meat that has not been further processed.
When buying clothes and other things such as bags, accessories, personal care, and basic necessities, preference should be given to products made of natural, environmentally friendly materials. Plastic items should be replaced with wood or metal counterparts, and clothing should be selected from natural fabrics such as wool or cotton. Synthetic materials, such as polyester, are no different from plastic in their properties and environmental impact.
By buying and cooking just enough to eat everything, it’s possible to minimize the amount of waste you create and therefore the resources that will be spent on recycling them.
Garbage sorting, plastic, waste paper and glass recycling
Recycling of glass containers, plastics and paper is gaining popularity all over the world. Instead of throwing this waste away, it would be good to look for collection points and try to recycle it there. Recycling batteries, mercury lamps, and batteries deserves special mention. These items contain hazardous, poisonous substances that can be particularly harmful to the environment when disposed of in a landfill.
The amount of plastic in the trash should be minimized by avoiding packaging material and plastic bags in favor of eco-bags, paper bags, and packaging. It’s also a good idea to pay attention to the packaging of products in shops before buying them, giving preference, where possible, to materials that are environmentally friendly or recyclable.
Rational water consumption
It’s worth remembering that bathing consumes much more water than using a shower. When performing personal hygiene routines, such as brushing your teeth, you should turn off the water when not directly using it.
You should only start up the washing machine and dishwasher after loading it up to its capacity and, where possible, in an economical mode that doesn’t call for high water temperatures. Even though dishwashers aren’t cheap, having one is a very good long-term investment as they waste several times less water for washing dishes.
Rational energy consumption
Not only do you need to turn off active appliances when they are not needed, but also appliances that are on standby. Although this mode is considered economical, it still consumes electricity. Phone chargers and other gadgets also need to be removed from the wall, even if the device itself is not connected to them. You should also turn off the engine of a running car if the car has been stationary for more than a couple of minutes. While the engine is running in this mode, several liters of petrol may be consumed.
The freezer compartment of a refrigerator consumes a lot of energy, especially if an ice crust is formed inside it. Therefore, you should defrost your fridge as often as possible.
To reduce energy consumption for lighting, you should use natural light as much as possible, enhancing its effect by using your surroundings.
С Light wallpaper or paint, a competent approach to the layout and selection of curtains can make any room much brighter. Light bulbs in lighting fixtures should be replaced by energy-saving ones – such bulbs not only provide more light with less electricity consumption, but also last several times longer.
Rooms should be kept tidy, avoiding dust collecting on electrical appliances. The more dust that gets on or inside an electronic device, the more electricity it consumes. Lighting fixtures should also be monitored for dust levels, as the level of artificial light in a room is directly related to their contamination.
More time spent travelling on foot or by bike
By reducing the use of vehicles, you not only contribute to the improvement of the environmental situation in local communities, but also benefit your personal health.
Both walking and cycling are equally useful – physical activity tones muscles and blood vessels, reduces weight, accelerates metabolism and strengthens the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.