On a global scale, humans now produce 36 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year, according to Our World in Data. These emissions, when trapped in the atmosphere, cause global warming, which has severe adverse effects on the planet and its residents. If you want to do your part in helping the environment and improve your daily life, you can start taking small steps towards a greener life. Here are a few yet effective ways you can do so.
Use Eco-Friendly Cleaners
The chemicals that are found in household cleaners may inadvertently cause harm to the environment by seeping into groundwater or contaminating the very air you breathe, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. A good way to be more green is to use eco-friendly detergents and dish soaps in your home. If you regularly hire a cleaning service, either for domestic use or for your business, a good way to go green is by using services that show active support for green initiatives and use environmentally friendly products and reusable cleaning tools.
Invest In Reusable Items
It is believed that around 35 million plastic bottles fill up landfills each year. A single plastic bottle takes around 450 million years to decompose, so you can imagine the impact of all those plastic bottles that get thrown away each day. A good way to avoid adding to that number is by investing in reusable items like steel water bottles, cloth tote bags, mason jars, and the like. Having reusable items in your home helps cut down the number of non-recyclables you go through.
Around 1.7 gallons of water is wasted every year, according to the US Geological Survey. Water is a finite resource, so the water wasted can’t come back. A good way to take steps toward a greener life is by conserving water. You can start collecting rainwater to use for watering plants rather than using water from the tap. You can also conserve water by making sure there are no leaks in your home, and by taking shorter showers.
Leading a greener life is more than just a new trend. It is also about elevating your daily life in a way that leaves a lasting impact on the generations to come. Take a good look at the many different ways that you can apply eco-friendly practices to your life, and choose which ones work best for you. That way, you can make small yet effective environmentally-conscious steps towards a greener life.