These 9 simple daily habits of yours can actually help to safegurd environment

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Environmental degradation is one of the largest threats that are being looked at in the world today. Mankind has frequently created catastrophes that have devastated the environment and taken lives. It’s interesting to note that modern humans have been around for a very long time and lived for much of it without causing much irreparable damage to the environment. However, over exploitation and pollution started affecting the environment negatively over the last few centuries.

Climate change and environmental degradation are largely the result of human behaviors. Most people aren’t even aware of how their daily habits are slowly destroying the environment. These habits, both big and small all add up to the big environmental impacts at the end. Here is a list of 9 things we can easily change to reduce our impact on the planet.

Put off the lights when not in use

You’ve probably heard this a million times before, but turning the light off when you leave the room, even if you are only going for a few minutes, really does make a difference to the environment, since it saves a finite source of energy that can’t be replaced. Things like leaving computers on all night, leaving lights on when you aren’t in the room, leaving things plugged in when they aren’t in use and turning the heat or air condition on too high can all make the problem worse.

Don’t over-boil the kettle

Many people guess the amount of water they need when they boil the kettle, and they end up over boiling. Boiling a kettle actually uses a lot of power- enough to light a whole household- which also costs the householder money. There are energy efficient kettles available that can help to reduce energy usage, and kettles that measure how much water is needed for a single mug or a pot of tea.

Use bicycle and carpooling whenever possible

Whether you are flying away on business trips or commuting to work on a daily basis, the way we travel is one of the biggest environmental polluters in our lives. You may not be able to give up these habits, but taking steps to reduce them will impact the environment, local pollution levels, and your health. Consider ditching the car once or twice a week and cycling or walking to work instead, and lift sharing or carpooling with work colleagues on alternate days.

Don’t waste paper

The production and the use of paper has a number of adverse effects on the environment which are known collectively as paper pollution. Pulp mills contribute to air, water and land pollution. Discarded paper is a major component of many landfill sites, accounting for about 35 percent by weight of municipal solid waste. We may all be guilty of throwing away pieces of paper that could otherwise be reused at least once, but it’s easy to forget that recycling still uses energy, which can be reduced if you decide to reuse. Take a look at our handy guide to reduce paper waste at home and at work, and see what other small changes you can make to change this daily habit.

Don’t leave the tap running

The world only has so much of clean water and most of us use it like there is an endless supply. Whether you are washing the dishes or brushing your teeth, leaving the tap running while you do so wastes a vast amount of water. It may seem like a small water saving, but soaking dishes before washing them and turning off the tap while you brush your teeth really does reduce the amount of water you use.

Recycling and composting

It’s remarkably easy to compost at home, and you don’t need a garden to do it. A small container with a lid, placed in the kitchen will suffice. Some composting enthusiasts will pick up your compost material for free and add it to their own compost bins, because they understand the value of biodegradable material rather than seeing it as a waste. This small lifestyle change will drastically reduce your carbon footprint, the amount of waste your household produces, and the amount that you send to landfill sites. It also creates a rich compost that will benefit the soil in your garden or someone else’s.

Minimal use of plastic bags

It’s hard to make the connection between the single plastic bag you get at the grocery store once a week, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. However, there is a strong likelihood that the plastic bags you bring home will end up in the ocean, or worse. Consider buying a tote or cloth bag instead and make a habit of keeping it in your pocket or bag.

Use recyclable plastic food packaged products

For many environmentalists, food packaging is the elephant in the room. This is because so many of our lifestyle choices involve buying goods that may only be available in plastic packaging. Presumably, the primary goal of food packaging is to keep food safe to eat. But what do we know about how these materials may interact with the food they touch, or their potential effects on human health and the environment? One step you can take is to check the recycling numbers on the products you buy that are packaged in plastic to see whether you can recycle them locally, and commit to buying only those products in the future.

Don’t waste food

The amount of global food waste produced each year is more than enough to feed the nearly 1 billion hungry people in the world. Instead of filling empty plates, that wasted food, usually ends up in landfills and eventually turns into a destructive greenhouse gas called methane. What’s more, wasting food means squandering the resources like water and energy, that went into the production of that food. Luckily, there are many easy ways to be more careful about our consumption and reduce the amount of food waste we produce on a daily basis.

The most important idea to remember is that saving the planet can start right now, with your next trip to the supermarket or commute to work. While it might not seem like avoiding a plastic bag or scaling down the use of car for a single day will make much of a difference, however, over time, all these changes will add up to a really positive impact on the environment. No effort is too trivial—so pick one of these new habits and take action today; take action to take care of the world that we live in by providing environmental education to the people, which will help them pick familiarity with their surroundings that will enable to take care of environmental concerns thus making it more useful and protected for our children and other future generations.

 

 

Kakoli Mahanta

Kakoli Mahanta

A post graduate in Economics, Kakoli Partha Mahanta worked for corporate finance sector for about 7 years. Mother of a cute 2 year baby girl, Kakoli is currently located in Bangalore, India, flourishing her writing skill.