Going green is not just about recycling; itâs a completely different lifestyle that youâd have to adopt thoughtfully, in a considered way so that you can reduce your carbon footprint or impact on this planet.
From energy usage at our houses to the waste we throw away every day, everything has a highly negative impact on the environment of the world. If you are trying to adopt green living, there are a lot of things you can do.
From changing your own consumption habits to supporting organisations that use green practices, every little attempt of yours counts.
If you truly want to go green in 2014, here are four basic initiatives you need to take.
Whether it is oil, natural gas or coal, everything is finite and their reserves are quickly diminishing. While people are using sustainable energy sources more commonly now than ever, conserving these resources is also important.
Simple things here can make all the difference - you can turn off your appliances, drive energy-efficient vehicles, use shared transport and do other similar things that prevent energy wastage.
Itâs not just energy resources that are limited, but all other resources on this planet as well, even the most basic resource; water. The more we consume, the more these resources diminish.
If we keep this up, weâll soon have a hard time finding natural resources in a usable state.
Therefore, we really need to think about what we need so that we can give up the rest of unnecessary consumption habits. We can buy eco-friendly products, go paperless to preserve trees and save water as much as we can.
Do you have water tanks at home to catch rain water? Are you capturing water for your gardens instead of turning on the hose? Are you taking excessive showers that can be made shorter? Do you REALLY need two showers a day or is a sponge bath OK for one of them? Can you shower with your young children to save baths?
These are just some of the simple things you can do to make a difference to the world that really don't require much time or effort.
Going green in 2014 is all about thinking ahead, planning how you use your resources and keeping waste at a minimum. You will be surprised how easy it is once you get used to the idea of putting the planet first.
So let's Go Green in 2014!
A substantial amount of toxic chemicals and substances is released to the environment every day due to our daily activities. Forget the industrial waste; even the soaps and shampoos commonly used in households contain too many chemicals.
From the fast food we consume to the cars we drive, everything contributes towards polluting the environment.
So, this is where your first chance to going green comes in. Why not use natural cleaning products, organic food, bicycles and public transport, or do any other thing that helps lower pollution? The results are instant in your own life and the impact of one action is greater momentum and a great example.
Reducing Consumption and Waste
Reducing our consumption of goods and the waste we create would definitely bring down energy and resource consumption, and therefore pollution as well.
The key principle that you need to remember is âReduce Reuse Recycleâ. You need to reduce waste and consumption, reuse materials as much as you can and then recycle. It also means using things that are recyclable so that they can be prevented from adding to the already filled landfills.
Waste that is not recyclable is usually burnt, contributing greatly to the pollution. Things like sanitary napkins and feminine hygiene products, nappies from child care centres and surplus plastics are incinerated pumping deadly chemicals into the air that we breath in and around our towns and cities.
We all remember being taught not to inhale burning plastic fumes - yet we are ALL doing it every day because of our choice to continue using these 'single use' disposable items!
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