Being eco-friendly or living in an environmentally friendly way is often preached to us from the media, government, friends and colleagues. But eco-friendly living can often be confusing with mixed messages coming from different quarters.
For instance, some people claim bio-diesel is a green fuel as it produces less CO2 than conventional fuels. Others argue it takes up valuable arable land and that the fuel is essentially foodstuffs that could go to feeding people. It becomes difficult to know who to believe.
Being green is all about thinking about how individually we affect the environment. Often what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work, or is practical, for another.
However, there are a few things that most people agree can go a long way to helping the environment and they can fit quite easily into their lives:
Recycling. Recycling is perhaps the most important thing that we can do that directly help the environment. When you consider how much rubbish each of us throws away each year, it soon becomes clear that reducing that amount will make a big difference. Now most cities have some form of recycling bins. Recently, a number of cities have added recycling organic material (yard waste, food scraps, etc.) to the more common paper, newsprint and containers.
Buy organic products where no harmful chemicals/pesticides have been used. They may be more expensive but anything we can do to help prevent pollution of our countryside and seas will benefit generations to come. Its not just about organic food either, organic clothing and other organic products are available. Because of the demand for organic products, they are becoming much more affordable.
Try and use natural alternatives. What was good for grandma is probably good for the planet too. Old fashioned methods such as drying clothes on a clothesline will not only cut down on your carbon footprint but also reduce your energy bills.
Try different energy methods. Hybrid cars are one way of using new technology. Using solar powered chargers for recharging batteries and smart phones is another. Every little bit helps.
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