Become more environmentally friendly with these 8 tips

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There are a surprising amount of people, businesses and communities that would like to do more to conserve and protect our natural resources, but they don’t know where to begin with becoming more environmentally friendly.

Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think! You don’t have to jump in by changing everything. Simply start small to make the changes more sustainable and a part of your normal life, whether it’s in your business or in your home.

Here are 15 ways you can begin to become more environmentally friendly.

1. Become More Aware of Resources:

Start by living with a greater awareness of the resources that you use in your daily life. Pay attention to how you choose to travel, to use water and products that were made by manufacturing practices. Awareness is what will help you make environmentally friendly choices.

2. Practice Conservation:

With your new awareness of how natural resources are used in your life, start to practice conservation. This can be as simple as turning off the lights as you leave a room or turning off the tap whilst you brush your teeth.

3. Plant Trees:

Trees are necessary for us to survive. They give oxygen, fruits, clean the air, provide shelter to wildlife and prevent soil erosion. With this in mind, perhaps find a shady landscape around your home or business that can help you to reduce consumption of energy. They also create a peaceful, aesthetically pleasing environment.

4. Conserve Water:

Energy is required to pump water from rivers or lakes into your premises, which is why it is key to conserve water where possible. It not only reduces the amount of energy that is needed to filter it, it also minimises water pollution and health risks. A few ways to conserve water are – take short showers, fix leaking pipes, use fans and natural ventilation, switch off heating when not in use, and avoid washing up under running taps.

5. Change Your Travel Habits:

Driving and flying are two areas where you can make a real impact with environmentally friendly practices. Choose fuel efficient travel options, travel less and try to pick more direct routes to save on fuel. If your office is near your home, try to ride a bicycle instead of a car.

6. 3 R’s of Waste Hierarchy:

The 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) is a memorable routine you should get yourself into to reduce the amount of waste generated, and to improve overall waste management processes. Reduce simply means reducing what is produced and what is consumed. Reuse items for a different purpose instead of sending them to landfills. Recycle everything you can by introducing a system into your office or home that will be followed by everyone.

7. Buy Recycled Products:

When you go out for shopping or place an office order, try to buy products that are made up of recycled materials with minimal packaging.

8. Educate Others:

Educate others about the importance of living an environmentally friendly life. The more people that can share awareness of the importance of the environment, the more we can do together to conserve it.

By Laura at 22 Sep 2017, 15:54 PM