You might think that making a few small changes in how you do things won’t really make a difference to our planet. Imagine if millions of people all made a few small changes though. Would that make a difference?
The wonderful thing about shifting your perspective and your habits is that it tends to have a ripple effect. Before you know it, you may have family and friends following suit. If you’d like to start a green trend, here are some easy ways to do it (and often save money too):
Take a bag shopping
This simply requires taking ownership of a couple of fairly sturdy bags, preferably ones that fold down small for storage. If you normally buy a couple of plastic bags per shopping trip, imagine how many bags you won’t have to buy over a year, and you’ll be reducing plastic waste too.
Choose recyclable (or no) packaging
Aim to buy products that come in glass, aluminium or other recyclable materials, rather than plastic ones. Better yet, buy from markets, which use no packaging at all. If you drink a lot of water, get yourself a glass water bottle that you can refill rather than buying plastic bottles (if you’re worried about tap water, get one with a built-in filter).
Use eco-friendly products
Buy non-toxic toiletries, beauty and cleaning products. They’re now available at many big supermarkets, and you’ll certainly find them at your local health store. You could even use natural cleaning products like baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice instead. For some great ideas on how to do this, see here.
Buy organic produce wherever you can afford it. It’s not only healthier for you, as it’s free of toxic chemicals from fertilisers, pesticides and/or hormones, but you’ll also have peace of mind that it’s been grown/raised in a sustainable way.
Green your electronics
Rechargeable batteries are better for the environment and they’ll also save you a bomb if you use a lot of battery power. Replace your old light bulbs with greener versions like CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs), which last longer too. When your batteries, light bulbs or other electronic devices have done their time, be sure to dispose of them responsibly – many retailers provide bins for this.
Small changes make a big difference, not only to your own life but to the world we live in as well. Start making them today.