Newbie’s guide #2
You might thought that we only had five tips for you, eco.newbies, to make your lifestyle more eco friendly, but you were wrong. There are countless of habits that you can adopt in your everyday life that have an impact on the environment. You may think that your actions don’t have much to say in the big picture, but every single one of all the small measures you do, does count. According to circularecology.com recycling a single 500 ml aluminum beer can save enough energy to power a TV for over 4 hours. That is something to reflect on next time you’re drinking a cold one – imagine how much energy one single person can save.
That’s why we have come up with five additional tips on how to make your lifestyle more eco.friendly.
- Repair your shoes and clothes
Instead of throwing away your worn-in shoes and your well used favorite sweater, take them to a shoemaker or a tailor – they can repair almost anything. You don’t need to throw it away due to a small scratch. Tips from last guide; invest in quality instead of quantity, and sustainable and/or organic while you’re at it, quality products tend to have a longer shelf life than fast fashion.
- Sell or donate all your unwanted clothes
We all have clothes that we don’t use. Maybe they got too small or too big, or maybe you just not feel like wearing them anymore. Instead of throwing them away, sell or donate them, it’s always someone out there who need what you no longer want. The same goes for you, you don’t know what treasures you can find out there while buying second-hand. Another idea is to swap clothes with your friends and family. Maybe you get the opportunity to finally “steal” your best friend retro jeans, that you have been aiming for in over two years.
- Stop littering
Yes, this is a very important point that is worth mentioning. People littering is a common sight that we see everyday on the streets, and most of us don’t even think about how the small things, like a chewing gum you throw on the ground or plastic packaging from a lollipop that falls out of your pocket, can affect the environment. Soil absorbing the toxins litter creates which affects plants and crops are one of the many consequences of littering. And to be honest, it’s not very pretty to look at either. So come on guys, it not that far to the nearest trashcan.
- Ditch the car
You may have heard this before, but there are countless alternatives of transport that doesn’t have the same amount of negative environmental impact. So instead of jumping in the car, why not take the bus, subway or your bike. You’re not only saving the environment for unnecessary pollution, but also travelling expenses and the extra time you get from skipping the traffic jam in the morning. If you are going to a place nearby, you can take on some comfortable shoes and take a walk. It’s good for the environment and it’s good for you.
- Reusable bag
To be frank: A plastic bag takes between 400 to 1000 years to break down in the environment. Plastic particles contaminate soil and water, and animals tend to accidentally ingest them. So why not make an investment in your own reusable bag and save the environment for the unnecessary plastic waste. It’s important to mention, when addressing this topic, that both options have their pros and cons.
To be continued…