Going Greener In Your Everyday Life

The big concern of our lifetime is the environment. Everything else is mumbo-jumbo in comparison because, without a habitable world, nothing else can exist. Forget politics, economics, business, social structuring, anthropology; everything falls short in comparison to the importance of the environment. With billions of people now living on this earth, it is more important than ever that we find a way to lessen our individual impact and reduce our carbon footprint.

Don’t worry, we’re not going to suggest you walk barefoot everywhere and cover your house in solar panels and only drink rain water. Yes, this would be great, but by just making simple changes to your everyday life you can have a huge impact when it comes to saving the planet:

Getting About

If you can walk or cycle somewhere, then why not walk or cycle somewhere. Not only is this going to have a great impact on the world, it is going to have a great impact on you. Of course, you can’t do this every context, but you can improve your methods by using the tram or train where possible or using the cruise control in your car to be 15% more fuel efficient.

Energy Supplier

Who supplies us with energy is one of the most important factors and yet it is one that seems to get overlooked and ignored way too much. But by switching to someone like American Power and Gas, who have a rich history in using greener and more efficient fuels, you could find yourself enjoying a greener, more cost-effective and better quality source of energy, and what could be better than that?

Teeth Brushing

It’s the age-old water saving debacle that is once again led by the issue of turning the tap off while you brush your teeth. But the reason this one crops up so much is that the global water footprint is growing. So let’s say you start turning the tap off while brushing your teeth; you’ve just saved 5 gallons of water in a day. Let’s say everyone in America now does that; we’ve now saved 1.55 billion gallons of water in a day.

Dont forget to turn off the tap while brushing your teeth

Go Local

If you’re a vegan and proud of it, good for you. By eating less meat you are doing your part. But before you start gloating about how awesome you are at being an eco-warrior, we suggest you do your research because vegans actually do more harm to the environment. The best thing we can do is eat locally. Banas from Mozambique, avocados from Mexico, soya from the Ukraine; all these air miles add up. Instead, start using services like FarmDrop, which only source local foods.

Do It Online

Imagine if we could collectively save 20 million trees a year in the US alone. Well, guess what, we can. If every household was to move away from paper and start using paperless and electronic systems of payment and billing then the world would see a huge improvement on the eco-friendly front. It wouldn’t just be trees saved either. Over two million tons of greenhouse gasses would be halted from doing its worst, while over 1.5 million pounds of wasted paper would be prevented too.

 

Salman Zafar

Salman Zafar is the Founder of Cleantech Solutions, and an international consultant, advisor and trainer with expertise in waste management, biomass energy, waste-to-energy, environment protection and resource conservation. His geographical areas of focus include Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Salman has successfully accomplished a wide range of projects in the areas of biogas technology, biomass energy, waste-to-energy, recycling and waste management.
Salman has participated in numerous national and international conferences all over the world.He is a prolific environmental journalist, and has authored more than 300 articles in reputed journals, magazines and websites. In addition, he is proactively engaged in creating mass awareness on renewable energy, waste management and environmental sustainability through his blogs and portals.
Salman can be reached at salman@bioenergyconsult.com or salman@cleantechloops.com.

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