Everyone’s heard of going green and living a sustainable lifestyle, but how many of us actually do something about it and make that change? If you want to help your planet, do not think that there is nothing that can be done. There is an important role for everyone to play in protecting the environment and keeping it clean and sustaining it for future generations. This means you can do so much and probably more than you think that you can. Here are 5 simple ways to go green!
- Give up bottled water
By just taking a look around our environment, we can see that there is too much plastic waste at places such as dumping areas and even shore lines or by the roadside, there may even be too much plastic in your own home! Plastic is almost everywhere because it is used to do a lot of things ranging from packaging of foodstuffs, water, and many other consumer products. Thus, plastic has become part of our lives.
Malaysians use 3 billion plastic shopping bags per year. Thirteen percent of Malaysia’s solid wastes are plastics, of which 55 percent are mismanaged, making Malaysia the eighth largest producer of mismanaged plastic wastes.
There are many great benefits to carpooling, many of which people do not know about. Carpooling cuts down on the number of vehicles on the road. Fewer cars means there is less carbon and other gasses and pollution getting into the air. This protects the environment by keeping the air, water, and land cleaner.
Carpooling may seem like a small step to take, but it will surely help conserve non-renewable energy sources like gasoline or diesel. Carpooling also means efficient consumption of fuel. Whether there is a single person in the car, or four, the car will require the same amount of gas to go from place A to B. So why not use it efficiently?
With these benefits in mind, it will be easier than ever to see why making the switch, even for just a few days a week, can be a good idea for you and your commute.
- Going Digital
The paper industry is the fifth largest consumer of energy in the world. This over-use of paper has a huge impact on a company’s carbon footprint – not just from the chopping down of trees to make the paper, but also on the fossil fuel power used for printing, and the chemicals involved, too. To produce just one ton of paper, it is estimated that 253 gallons of petrol is used. In turn, to make just one piece of A4 paper requires 10 litres of water.
Every business should be conscious of the environment around them. If no one is taking the effort to go green, future generations would find themselves in a very bleak world.
One of the main ways to show that companies are going green is by going paperless. Going paperless means instead of printing out documents, invoices, presentations, or other kinds of materials, they are kept in a digital format to save trees from being used as paper.
- Keep Electronics Out of the Trash
E-Waste, also called electronic waste, is the name for electronic products that have come towards the end of their usage. This can include computers, monitors, televisions, radios, printers, fax machines, cellphones, cameras, batteries, and many more electronic devices.
Waste from electronics contains toxins, such as mercury, that are harmful to the environment, especially when they biodegrade in landfills. People can attempt to reuse or resell the working parts and properly recycle the rest.
- Switch to Rechargeable Batteries
Purchase rechargeable batteries over disposable alkaline batteries. Rechargeable batteries consume less non-renewable natural resources, therefore help towards preserving the environment and have a significantly smaller negative impact. While it may seem cheaper to buy a standard battery pack, making the switch to rechargeable batteries can actually cut down on your spending over time.
Another great thing that comes from switching to rechargeable batteries is that they are very easy to recycle. And, because batteries can be recharged and reused numerous times, they contribute less waste to landfills.
As you can see there is a ton of ways that you can go green. None of them are difficult, and anyone can use them to their advantage. If you care about the world and want to make a difference, know that you can with these easy steps. Making a difference in the world starts with each and every one of us. Put these tips to good use and the many benefits that come your way will not disappoint you. It is so easy and so simple, why not go green?