As you are well aware, the planet is in dire straits. Our government isn’t doing much of anything to curb the effects of climate change. It’s up to us regular citizens to take charge. There are lots of little things that you can do to help save the planet.
Cars are terrible for the planet; they use lots of gas, they’re constantly emitting pollution, also forests and fields are forever being demolished to pave new roads or widen existing ones. If you live somewhere with good public transportation, it would be a great idea to start using that instead of driving everywhere. If you live close enough to work that you are able to bike, even better.
Use Recycled Paper
Imagine how many trees would be saved if everyone used recycled paper? The fact is that for every ton of recycled paper used, 17 trees are saved. You could save a whole forest just by using recycled paper for one whole year.
Turn Off The Faucet While You Brush Your Teeth
I don’t know why people do this, but leaving the faucet on while you brush your teeth wastes tons of water. Nobody should still be doing this. If you are, stop. You’re killing the planet.
Pay Your Bills Online
Try to arrange to pay as many of your bills online as possible. Online bill pay is not only a much more convenient way of paying your bills, it’s also way more environmentally friendly. In this day and age you can do almost everything online without paper, so there’s really no excuse not to.
Use Energy Efficient Bulbs
Energy efficient bulbs will not only save the planet, they’ll also save you money on your power bill every month. I have been using energy efficient bulbs for years and I have noticed a change in my monthly bill.
Become A Vegetarian/Vegan
Meat consumption is terrible for the planet. Factory farms cause a lot of pollution and produce a lot of waste, and animals being raised for slaughter use up a lot of natural resources. it’s a vicious cycle, one that you can break by going vegan.
Ditch The Plastic Bottles
Plastic bottles are the worst; they’re not only terrible for the planet, they also allow companies to buy up something that should be free to all, only to sell it back to you at an inflated price I don’t know why they haven’t been outlawed yet. Plastic bottles need to be stopped. You can help by carrying around a reusable water container.
Don’t Buy Napkins And Paper Towels
I’m seriously having the hardest time breaking this habit. I don’t use napkins anymore, but I love the convenience of paper towels. The truth is that paper towels don’t do anything that a washcloth can’t do. Even if you’re eating an especially messy meal, just use a washcloth.
Do Laundry At Night
If you’re not already doing this on the regular, then you really should start. Avoid doing laundry during peak hours, i.e. during the day until 10 pm at night. Power companies charge you slightly more during these times, as a way to discourage people from using too much power during these times. You’ll save money in addition to saving mother earth.
Donate Your Old Smart Phone
We all love upgrading to new phones. The only issue with this is that the old one usually gets thrown in a drawer to be forgotten. Assembling new phones both depletes precious natural resources, and relies upon slave labor. Donating your old phone can help reduce the demand for new phones, especially if your phone is still in relatively good condition.
Buy Locally Sourced Food
Locally sourced food not only tastes better, it’s better for the planet too. Processed foods usually have to be transported from across the country, they come in ridiculous amounts of packaging, and you usually buy them from stores that do nothing to help the environment. Buy local and save local businesses, as well as the environment.
Don’t Use Plastic Bags
Why, why, why, do people still use plastic bags? Most places will offer you a discount on your purchases if you bring your own bags; some places have gone bag-less altogether. If you haven’t already do this now.
Of course, this isn’t nearly all of the little things that you can do to help save the planet. The possibilities are endless.
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