4 simple ways you can make a difference by being more eco-friendly at home

4 simple ways you can make a difference by being more eco-friendly at home

It’s worth being gentle to the environment and it’s not hard to do. It’s easy to start with some simple changes that make a big difference! These also actually reduce your household spend too- saving the world doesn’t have to be expensive!

 

1. Use reusable shopping bags

Plastic bags can take up to 1000 years to decompose.  It’s estimated that one million birds or sea animals die each year from plastic bag ingestion. It takes 12 MILLION barrels of oil to make the 100 billion plastic bags that America consumes a year[1]. Each bag you don’t use is saving the environment. Find some cute designs and shop in an eco-friendly style.

 


2. Use eco-friendly cleaning products

This helps reduce water pollution. Not only from the wastewater from your home but also from the manufacturer of the cleaners. Often the process of product manufacture can be just as harmful to the environment as the use of the cleaner itself.

 


3. Composting at home

40% of residential waste is organic and compostable. Avoid adding to landfills unnecessarily by composting at home. It returns nutrients back to the soil and is a terrific fertiliser. This saves money for your local council not having to dispose of your waste and helps your garden be productive and lush.

 


4. Eat less meat

To say nothing about health or ethical issues, a good reason to not eat meat every day is because growing meat is hard on the environment. Beef production uses 11 times more water and 28 times for land than pork or chicken. Compared to potatoes, wheat, and rice, per calorie, beef requires 160 times more land[2]! Try to aim for a few meatless meals a week. Add beans, chickpeas, paneer, or simply loads of vegetables to your meal roster, and lessen your environmental impact on your environment.

 


[1] http://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/reusable-grocery-bags_n_1409065

[2] https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/21/giving-up-beef-reduce-carbon-footprint-more-than-cars

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