Most of us are concerned about the state of the planet, and want to do something about it.
But with so much apparently conflicting information on hand, it can be hard to know whether or not you are really doing the right things. That is something that can be very distressing indeed, and it can mean that you suffer a kind of paralysis so that you end up doing nothing at all. Clearly, that is not what you want to do, so it’s important to take a look at some of the things that you can really be doing to ensure you live a greener life. In this article, we are going to take a look at just such examples of those kinds of things you can be doing. Consider any of these a good starting point for the greener life.
Grow Your Own Veg
A lot of people are worried or put off from growing veg because they think it is hard, or that they couldn’t possibly get a good yield year after year. But it is deceptively easy, and if you have access to even just a few windowsills you can grow enough veg for your family to eat all year round. It takes work, of course, but it is worth it – it’s so rewarding, and you will be able to say that you are not supporting supermarkets too much either. You will also find that the food itself is considerably more delicious than if you buy it from a shop, so if you are something of a foodie then this is something that you might want to consider too.
Living without plastics at all is probably impossible at this stage. However, what you can do is to try and do away with using single-use plastics, and that is an aim which is perfectly possible. There is really no reason to use single-use plastics, and all you will be doing is helping to litter the planet further, while also using more and more oil which goes into the making of the plastic itself. So when you are shopping for goods, pay attention to the quantity of plastic in the packaging and so on, and make sure that you are making the right sensible decisions in order to avoid using too much plastic. That alone will really mean that you are living much more eco-friendly than most people.
Be Clever With Lighting
You will of course find that it is a good idea to use lighting as little as possible, and there are many ways in which you can hope to do that in your home. One thing to consider is whether you actually need lighting in all the places you currently have it. Do you really need the small lamp and the large on in that one room, for instance? Once you start to look at the lighting in your home in this manner, it becomes clear that there is far too much lighting, and that a clever rearrangement could mean that you need much less. As well as the placement of the lights, you can also ensure that you are using less energy by looking into the kind of lighting that you use. Far and away the most efficient lighting commercially available for homes is LED bulbs, so make sure that you are using those instead of the traditional bulbs. That will really make an enormous difference.
Reduce Your Shower Time
If you are someone who normally spends half an hour in the shower, then you might want to think about reducing your time spent there as soon as possible. It’s easy to do, and yet it is something that is going to make an enormous difference to how much water you are using, how much energy you are using, and what kind of impact you are having on the planet generally. Water is a valuable resource, and it should be treated as such. Try the five minute challenge: set yourself a timer for five minutes and see if you can shower in that time. You will find it is perfectly possible to do so, and that you are as clean as ever – but you have used significantly less water along the way.
As you can see, there are plenty of things you can do to improve your green credentials, so make sure that you are taking these things on board as soon as possible. There has never been a more pressing time to do so.
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