8 Easy Ways To Adopt An Eco-Friendly Mindset
We all know about the growing threat climate change poses to the environment, but what can we do about it? If you want to achieve a sustainability mindset, there are plenty of steps you can take. It all comes down to mindfulness and understanding the effects of our actions.
Follow these eight easy steps below to get started.
1) Reduce your waste
It’s impossible to eliminate all waste, but we can take steps to reduce it. Recycle your plastics, glass, paper, and cardboard instead of throwing them in the trash. Start a compost pile where you collect organic waste — such as food scraps, banana peels, eggshells, coffee grounds, etc. — and turn it into fertilizer. Rather than tossing out old clothes, repurpose them into something new, like rags or fabric for a blanket.
2) Invest in renewables
There are plenty of ways to power your home using renewables. Solar panels are a popular option and are actually more affordable these days. They can easily be installed on your roof or in your yard. A few square feet of solar panels are enough to power most homes and satisfy occupants’ needs. Small wind turbines are another option, though they can make a lot of noise and are less common in residential areas. If you’re not ready to power your entire home on renewables, consider a solar oven that uses the sun to heat your food.
3) Start a garden
What better way to develop an eco-friendly mindset than to get outside in the dirt? Plant your favorite veggies, like broccoli, cauliflower, green beans and snap peas. You can also grow fruits like tomatoes, strawberries, cantaloupe, and watermelon. Look for a plot of land on your property that receives enough sunlight and doesn’t pool water. The more you grow, the less you’ll have to go to the grocery store.
4) Ditch paper towels
In the United States, paper towels account for 2% of what’s in the country’s landfills. They can easily be avoided by using alternative drying methods, like cloth hand towels and hand dryers. To achieve an eco-friendly mindset, opt for the hand dryer when washing your hands while you’re in the office, or use cloth towels at home. This easy swap can help the environment while saving you a little extra money!
5) Collect rainwater
Collecting rainwater is an excellent technique for reducing water usage. Set up a barrel or plastic tub in your yard and channel downspouts into the opening. Once you collect enough water, it’s up to you what to do with it. Water your new garden, wash the dog, beautify your car and much more. Rainwater is typically safe to consume, but make sure to boil or filter it beforehand.
6) Eat less meat
The production, processing, and distribution of meat take a significant toll on the environment. Toxic chemicals from pesticides and fertilizer contaminate the air and water, while greenhouse gases travel into the atmosphere. According to one study, red meat — like beef and lamb — produces 10 to 40 times more greenhouse gas emissions than vegetables and grains.
7) Choose cloth bags
Everyone knows single-use plastics, such as shopping bags, are clogging up landfills. The issue with these materials is they’re not biodegradable — they don’t break down over time. To develop an eco-conscious mindset, reuse your plastic bags. You can also replace plastic bags with cloth, a just-as-convenient option that’s more durable and usable for years.
8) Practice daylighting
Daylighting is a technique where you light the majority of your home during the day with natural light. When done right, this practice can reduce the need for cooling, heating and electric lighting. You can enhance the natural light by investing in redirecting systems — such as skylights and light shelves — that reflect and distribute light into your home’s depths.
Adopting an eco-friendly mindset all comes down to small practices of mindfulness in our daily routines. Discover ways to reduce waste, such as food and water. Invest in renewable energy — such as solar and wind power — to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. You can also change daily habits, like forgoing paper towels for the air dryer or using cloth bags instead of plastic.
Implement changes that have a positive impact on the environment and your lifestyle.
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