A lot gets said these days about the importance of eco-friendly living. So much so, in fact, that the idea of adjusting your life so as to live in a more eco-friendly way, can actually seem overly complex and daunting to many people.
As with just about all things in life, though, eco-friendly living is something that exists on a continuum. On one side, there is the most eco-unfriendly lifestyle you can imagine, and on the other side there is a lifestyle that leaves behind such a low carbon footprint, that you are basically a tree.
Instead of feeling like you have to get everything “perfect” in one go, and change 280 elements of your life literally overnight, there are some real benefits to focusing on moving things gradually in a more eco-friendly direction, one step at a time.
Small improvements, stacked on top of each other one at a time, can often lead to monumental changes somewhere down the line. And by doing things this way, you can make reliable improvements on a daily basis.
So, here are a few simple and gradual steps that can lead to a more eco-friendly life.
Get a reusable bag for your grocery shopping
Have you ever considered just how much plastic you bring home after a typical shopping trip?
For many people, this is a question that doesn’t really register – or that only registers in a pretty vague sense. But even if you aren’t collecting new plastic carrier bags each time you go shopping, it’s likely that you are buying plenty of foodstuffs wrapped in plastic, nonetheless.
Buying more “loose” groceries, and getting some reusable cotton produce bags, or similar, is an excellent first step in moving your life in a more eco-friendly direction.
Not only that, but your home is less likely to become cluttered with plastic waste if you exercise this type of mindful approach to shopping, and keep a few eco-friendly reusable bags at hand, instead.
Go to the trouble of actually recycling
Some districts, in some countries, will recycle by default – and so you’ll have to make an effort in order to avoid recycling.
For other people, in other circumstances, however, recycling – particularly of certain materials – will be something that has to be done quite deliberately and actively. You will, for example, have to keep all your old plastic bottles stored up, and then drive down to the recycling depot with a carload every once in awhile.
Of course, one of the best things you can do to be more eco-friendly in your life is to actually go to the trouble of recycling, instead of just guiltily putting it off, because it’ll take a bit of time, and be a bit of work.
Turn off lights when you’re not in the room, and appliances and devices when you’re not using them
Most people know that they shouldn’t leave lights on in a room when they are not in that room, yet this is still something that many of us do on a regular basis, out of sheer absentmindedness, or laziness.
If you’re at home in the evening after work, and you’re moving periodically between the bedroom, the living room, and the kitchen, it’s marginally easier for you to just leave all those lights on throughout the evening, to save yourself the trouble of flicking the switch each time you leave or re-enter a room.
Over time, though, this does add up, and certainly increases your carbon footprint, not to mention your electricity bill.
By a similar token, leaving appliances and devices switched on when you’re not in the room, or using them, is often needlessly wasteful. Unless the device is performing a particular function such as purifying the air, or charging your phone, turn it off.
Get used to powering down your computer when it’s not in use, switching off the TV, turning off your sound system, and just ensuring that your assorted electronic devices aren’t using power for no reason.
Buy more local and seasonal goods and produce
When you go to the shop, and decide that you’re going to buy a certain type of exotic fruit that’s out of season in your country, be aware of the fact that it’s probably been flown in from the other side of the planet.
In order to reduce your carbon footprint quite dramatically, consider buying more local and seasonal goods and produce.
This is often a great way of supporting local, often family run, businesses, but it’s also a way of keeping the air a bit purer.
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