Terra. How often do you stop to think and appreciate this planet?
Often times, we take earth for granted and forget to treat it with the love and care it needs. It's important that we stay aware of the impacts we are causing through human activity, and make an effort in reducing our ecological footprint. This doesn’t mean you need to jump straight into being a 100% environment-conscious in everything that you do. Beginning with small steps at a time will help you ease into the changes that you make in living more ethically and sustainably.
As residents of this planet, we should all take part in making healthier choices not only for ourselves but also for the environment in which we live in. That is why we’re writing this entry to encourage you, our Hux Readers, to join us in making more eco-friendly choices!
There are numerous ways of improving the choices that we make. As each of us have different lifestyle habits, it’s important you begin working on areas most realistic and do-able for you – this way, it won’t be as big of a struggle adjusting to more challenging changes later on. We’ve put together 15 easy and inexpensive ways that would make a great starting point in living green:
- Carry around a reusable water bottle.
- If you’re a coffee-lover, invest in a reusable cup (e.g. KeepCups, frank green) to take with you when you go to grab coffee.
- Avoid buying one-use (disposable) items – such as, plasticware, diapers, batteries, razors, cleaning cloths, etc.
- Opt for public transportation whenever possible, and get into the habit of walking or riding your bike.
- Eat less meat, and reduce your intake of highly-processed foods.
- Dry your washing on a clothesline instead of using the dryer.
- Switch off electricity when not in use.
- Take advantage of natural light [read more].
- Make sure all recyclable materials (e.g. plastic, paper, glass, etc.) are distributed to correct recycling bins/centres.
- Say NO to plastic bags, and go for eco-bags instead [read more].
- Plant a tree (or several trees).
- Conserve water by taking shorter showers, fixing broken pipes, making sure taps are tightly closed, collecting rainwater, and reusing water wherever possible.
- Support local farmers.
- Avoid using products made from toxic chemicals.
- Compost green ingredients (e.g. fruit and vegetable remains, green garden vegetation) and brown ingredients (e.g. dry leaves, woody twigs, paper).
Do you have more to add to this eco-friendly list? Feel free to leave them in the comments below!