Going green or being eco-friendly may seem daunting, but lowering your carbon footprint doesn’t have to include a whole lifestyle change! Almost everybody can help the environment in a variety of ways that are both simple, economical, and easy to achieve.
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
This phrase has become synonymous with green living and is fairly easy to adopt in daily routines. The following tips will explain how to reduce your waste footprint as a family. Reduce your garbage output by recycling as much as possible and try composting the rest. Your garden will benefit from this and you will in turn save on fertilizers. You could invest in composting bins, worm farms, or Bokashi buckets to assist in this project.
Think of creative ways to reuse and upcycle anything that you no longer require. Paint and reupholster furniture rather than buying new. Buy second-hand items whenever possible as this prevents all the items from ending up in a landfill. Clothes, construction materials, bicycles, and toys can all be bought at a second-hand store. And in turn, you can donate any unwanted goods.
Switching to reusable cups, bottles, bags, and straws will make a significant impact on the amount of waste you produce as a family. It takes some preparation and getting used to, but is a fairly easy habit to adopt.
Opt to receive statements, newsletters, bills, and receipts online and subscribe to your favorite magazines and newspapers digitally. Even though the paper is recyclable, the less you use, the lower your carbon footprint will be.
Banish single-use items used as packaging and buy in bulk wherever possible. Shop at local farmers’ markets, as these use less packaging and less energy as the goods have not been transported over large distances. It is also beneficial to your local community.
Make your Own Food
To lessen your carbon footprint, consider planting trees, shrubs, or even a garden full of superfoods if you can. If you don’t have a yard, check for a community co-op garden or volunteer planting clubs or events in your area.
Cook from scratch as much as possible and make your own soups, salad dressings, yogurt, and ice cream. Not only does this save on packaging but it is also healthier and you know exactly what you are putting into it.
Don’t Be an Energy Gobbler
Simply being aware of your thermostat’s settings is one simple method to lessen your family’s carbon footprint.
When compared to incandescent lights, spiral-shaped energy-saving Compact Fluorescent light bulbs use much less energy. Replace incandescent bulbs with LED lights when they burn out.
Appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, computers, and water heaters, contribute to a significant portion of your family’s carbon footprint and energy expenses. Look for the Electricity Star designation when replacing outdated appliances to evaluate the efficiency and identify solutions that save energy and/or water.
Choose to drive less. Use public transport as much as possible or start carpooling with family and friends.
It is important to teach your children to make smart eco-friendly choices and hopefully, your family can become a good example in your community and encourage more families to go green.