Saving the planet used to be something that only passionate environmentalists discussed but now it’s a mainstream issue. We are constantly being reminded how important it is to save energy, to save water, to use less gas, and to recycle.
It is slightly overwhelming but if you start slowly and get used to it, it actually becomes a habit. And that’s what the Green movement was all about originally: making us stop and think about waste and how to conserve the planet and its resources for future generations. We all need to work together to try and think of sustainable ways to protect our environment.
The first and very cost effective way to Go Green, is to stop using so many chemical cleaners and replace them with more environmentally friendly ones. In actual fact, you can make your own safe and effective cleaning products using essential oils, hot water, soap and good old fashioned elbow grease. Bicarbonate of soda, lemon juice and toothpaste are also good cleaning products and cause far less damage to the world around us.
Stop drinking bottled water. There is no need to buy this commodity. It comes out of your faucet and is perfectly safe to drink. Filter it if you have any concerns. You will not only be saving the planet but your own hard earned cash as well. We’ve all fallen victim to the marketing hype but where on earth did we imagine all those plastic bottles were going to go?
And another money-saving, as well as Green tip, is to conserve energy. The fossil fuels that have powered our transport systems, heated our homes and powered our domestic appliances, is starting to run out. In just a short period in human history we have managed to burn our way through natural resources that have been around for billions of years.
We need to learn to be more responsible. By turning the air conditioning down, and by turning the heating down we could each save hundreds of dollars a year on energy bills. As well as reducing the amount of energy we use. Win-win.
The same applies to domestic water usage. Did you know that, on average, we waste about half of the water we use in the home by leaving taps and showers running longer than they need to; by using too much water when we flush the toilet; by watering the garden at the wrong time of day; by washing our clothes too often and so on. There also a range of ways we can recycle ‘grey’ water too i.e the bath water could be used to water the garden plants, or wash the car with, that are worth learning about.
And we need to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill be recycling the trash. We have become such a wasteful society that most of the time we don’t even think about what we’re putting in the trash can and what happens to it once it leaves our back yards. Vegetable waste could be turned into fertilizer for the garden. We should all be recycling plastic, paper and cardboard, so that at least it can be used again.
If you want to find out more about what else you could be doing to save the planet take a look at Reduction in Motion easy recycling solutions. We all have a duty to future generations to become Greener.