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10 Ways You Can Live A Little Greener

Humans impact the environment on a daily basis. As a matter of fact, every living thing on this planet does. With each step and movement, we either positively or negatively take our next step towards the future of our Earth. Below are the top 10 positive steps you can make on the environment which in turn brightens our future for further generations.

  1. Say No to Plastic
    Plastic is everywhere. We go through hundreds of pounds of it on a daily basis and it makes up nearly 40 percent of the surface of Earth’s oceans. Unfortunately, however, many innocent sea creatures suffer at the hand of our plastic garbage. Whether it’s getting tangled or choking on pieces of littered plastic, the world is suffering at our own hands. Luckily, however, you can start the change in the amount of plastic in the world today. Start using recyclable bags, shop online less, or avoid packages made from plastic material. It’s simple enough to start making your impact every day.
  1. Conserve Water
    Humans willingly waste gallons of water a day. However, you can easily change that by just shortening your use of it. Try taking shorter showers or don’t leave your faucet running while getting ready in the morning. Not only will these small changes help benefit the environment but lower your water bill as well!
  1. Unplug Your Electronics
    Stop wasting electricity by not leaving outlets plugged with appliances. Trust me, you don’t need your phone charging 24/7. Believe it or not, leaving a phone charging overnight can even result in damage to the charging port. Nevertheless, leaving any appliance plugged in for an extended period is unneeded and can take a heavy toll on your electric bill.
  1. Choose Renewable Energy Sources
    Renewable resources are cool, don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. Depending too much on fossil fuels not only seriously fuels global warming but takes a huge toll on ecosystems surrounding ours. With power from the water, solar, and wind we are living much more environmentally friendly, as well as a huge decrease in your monthly bills. Not sure if it’s worth it? Try out a small portable solar powered charger for at home appliances to get you started.
  1. Buy a Reusable Water Bottle
    You truly do not need to toss out plastic water bottles on a daily basis. Using a reusable water bottle will not only benefit the planet but it is much more durable than a plastic one. Even some shops offer discounts to those who rather use reusable. So save the extra dollar on the tab and go green!
  1. Save Energy in Your Home
    There a numerous ways you can make your home a little greener. Swap out your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents. Use cold water when you wash your clothes and use a drying rack instead of a dryer. You can also set your thermostat lower in the winter and higher in the summer to save energy and money on your bills.
  1. Recycle
    Be sure to recycle everything you possibly can. Good recycling habits go far beyond paper and plastic. Make sure to properly dispose of all waste products, even when you are not at home. This goes double for electronic waste. Check with your city to see how you are supposed to get rid of old cell phones, computers, and other electronics.
  1. Shop Seond-Hand
    Shopping for new clothes or furniture? Check out your local second-hand shop or look for an online thrift store. Not only will this be better for the environment, it will also be better for your wallet. Who knows what cool and unique pieces you may find!
  1. Donate Your Used Items
    Never ever simply toss anything out. Donate your old clothes and furniture to a charity or sell them to a thrift store. For everything that your local GoodWill won’t take, there is the Craigslist free section. After all, things are better off in other people’s house than in a landfill.
  1. Drive Less Frequently
    If you want to drastically reduce your carbon footprint, consider changing your form of transportation. Make a commitment to using public transportation, biking, walking, or carpooling whenever you can. Even doing this just one day a week can make a large difference.

It is equally important to keep your car in tip-top shape. Regular tune-ups can increase the fuel efficiency of your car by anywhere from 4-40%.

 

Sources:
http://www.worldwatch.org/resources/go_green_save_green
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/population_and_sustainability/sustainability/live_more_sustainably.html
http://mentalfloss.com/article/78405/15-easy-ways-be-little-greener-earth-day

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