5 Ways to Go Green
The news is currently full of stories and warnings about the climate crisis. Now more than ever, the public and businesses alike are being encouraged to make changes to their daily routines and lifestyles and go green. This doesn’t mean that you have to overhaul everything, but making even just a few small changes in your home and community is a great place to start. Here are some ideas on how you can make your day-to-day living more environmentally friendly.
1. Save Energy
This is one of the easiest things you can do at home and at work. When you’re not in a room, switch off the lights, turn off your TV and switch other electronic devices off at the plug when they’re not in use. Don’t leave the heating on for longer than necessary and wash clothes on a cooler temperature cycle. At the office, make sure printers, lights and so on aren’t left on overnight.
Another very simple and effective way to go green is to recycle. Make sure you are taking the time to organize your trash into plastic, paper, glass and cans and putting them in the correct bins. It might take a little more time and effort, but there is no reason why you shouldn’t be doing this. If there isn’t anything like this in place where you work, ask your boss to implement a recycling system. Look at buying recycled paper for your home or office printer, too.
Consider using public transport for your daily commute, rather than driving in your own car. It might not be as comfortable, but by reducing the number of cars that are on the road, this will have a big impact on CO2 emissions. Better yet, if you’re within walking or cycling distance to the office, it’s a good idea to start doing that instead — it’s also great exercise for you! If you can’t cope with public transport and don’t live close to work, think about investing in an electric car. More models are becoming available on the market and it’s easy to get an ev charger installation at your home.
4. Go Paperless
With almost all businesses and banks having online spaces in the modern age, it’s very easy to no longer have to rely on paper statements, invoices and other correspondence. Request to go paperless with your bank so that they email your statements to you instead. And if you’re buying tickets for a show or concert, download an e-ticket whenever the option is presented to you.
5. Start Local Initiatives
Another good option is to research if there are any environmental groups or initiatives already in place in your local community. If there doesn’t appear to be anything to help encourage the locals to make these changes, see what you can do to get things moving. Start a community garden or have a clean-up day where volunteers can help clear out any trash that is strewn about the neighborhood.
These are simple steps, but even just doing one or two of them could make a big difference.