We blame the big industries for causing harm to our environment, but we have to face the sad truth that we too are guilty in building up harmful carbon dioxide that contribute to climate change. And since global carbon emissions have a direct correlation with our lifestyle, a little effort on our part can make a better world. Together, we can heal mother earth; and it starts at with doing our individual share to create a low-carbon household.
Without questions, going carless and instead biking and walking promotes pedestrian safety and creates a healthier environment. Unfortunately, encouraging people to go carless has always been a global challenge especially in areas where road safety is a concern and public transportation is not efficient.
But there is an even bigger bonus to going carless. While you’re doing your share in saving the environment, you are actually doing yourself an even bigger favor. Fewer cars on the roads means fewer emissions and a healthier air we breathe. Moreso, biking and walking bolster personal health. Walking with your officemates or friends make it easier and less tiring. Next thing you know, you're just a few steps from your home.
Grow Your Own Food
How else can we be more sure of what we eat than growing it ourselves. Adopting a plant-based diet is a brilliant way to improve your health and lower the risks of cancer and chronic diseases, like diabetes and heart disease. Cutting down on our commercial meat consumption also reduces carbon emissions since meat production consumes energy that intensify climate change. And if you can’t let goof your craving for meat; opt for free-range poultry and livestock. Now that’s really healthy!
Reducing Plastic Use
Use eco-friendly or reusable bags when shopping and drop the need for plastic shopping bags. Ditch the plastic bottles and invest in a home faucet filter. This may cost you more initially, but the cost savings in the long run will prove to be worth it. Choose a home faucet filter that is easy to install and maintain like SJ Wave Faucet Filter System. More than doing your share to lessen the plastic pollutants, you’re sure to drink only pure and healthy water. And get a good stainless steel bottle to make sure you get pure water anytime all the time.
Transform Your Home Into a Green Home
Want to save more? Insulate your homes to keep the temperature stable and reduce the need for air conditioners that contribute to global emissions. Plant shrubs and trees around your home; plants not only provide extra shade, they also purify the air and absorb pollutant gases and act as nature’s filters. In fact, trees and plants are our main tool for survival and clean air.
Remember what your elementary science teacher said? Plants convert carbon dioxide into the oxygen that we breathe. That explains the need to plant more trees in the midst of increasing carbon emissions and climate change. Now open your windows to increase air circulation; let natural light in and savor the smell of your scent-sational garden.
Transforming your home into an eco-friendly home not only saves you on energy costs; it also contributes to improved health and cleaner environment. So whether you're planning to buy a new home or re-designing your existing home, make sure your architectural designs are sustainable.
Energy Efficient Home
Develop habits to promote energy efficiency at home like turning off lights and appliances when not in use. Replacing incandescent lights with LED lights uses 85% less energy and lasts 25% longer. When buying new products, look for the EnergyStar symbol, indication that the product has met energy efficiency standards.Lastly, opt for renewable energy sources like solar panels for your electricity needs.
Reuse, Reduce, Recycle
The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Reduction and reuse are the most effective ways you can save natural resources, protect the environment and save money. Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy that can be harmful to the environment. Reusing reduces the need to buy and make new products thereby reducing the amount of wastes that need to be dumped in landfills and eventually in the final sink – the ocean?
So before buying, ask yourself first. Do I need this? Is there a more eco-friendly alternative? And before throwing, ask yourself again. Can I still use this or can I give it to someone who might need it? How can I make use of this instead of throwing it. Lastly, for items that are not biodegradable, think of ways to recycle them or send them to recovery facilities where they can be recycled.
There are countless ways to achieve a zero-waste household and save Mother Earth. It just takes a lot of self-discipline and that first step to encourage others to follow.
Inspired to create a zero-waste, eco-friendly, low-carbon household? Start now! A little change in lifestyle may be the first step we need to achieve a more sustainable life and a healthier environment. And if you want to take this seriously, maybe you can start by calculating your carbon footprint and take the next steps from there.