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Eco-Friendly Habits

by in Zero Waste November 21, 2019

Each of us has habits we’ve developed over time. Forming habits can be done quite easily. Many times a habit is developed with little or no conscious knowledge.

If you are looking to develop a few good habits, I recommend the following as 10 eco-friendly habits you should incorporate into your weekly routine.

Each of these habits is fairly simple. You might even be doing some of these already.

  1. Recycling
    Recycling is one of the most eco-friendly habits. Recycling means collecting the waste materials from our houses and dropping them off to a recycling center or bin in the neighborhood. Recycling helps reduce energy usage, reuse reduces the need for new raw materials and helps avoid pollution.
  2. Plant Trees
    Plant trees in your garden and around the neighborhood. Trees absorb greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide from the air and give out oxygen.
  3. Save Water
    A good eco-friendly habit is to conserve water and save as much water as we can. Simple habits like having a bath with a bucket of water and not a shower, checking whether all the faucets and pipes in the house are not leaking and using the water judiciously in other household chores. Try rainwater harvesting if it is possible for your house or building.
  4. Save Electricity
    Turn off the lights, fans and air conditioning when you are not using the room. Use LED lights that use less energy.
  5. Switch to renewable sources of energy
    Use renewable sources of energy like solar energy, wind energy whenever you can. Drive a hybrid car and put solar panels on rooftops for the energy requirements of the house.
  6. Avoid Plastic Bags
    Do not use plastic bags, and avoid using plastic products especially those with short-term use like plastic bags, plastic boxes and other plastic items. A great alternative to plastic bags is paper bags or bags made of jute and cloth.
  7. Bring your own coffee cup
    You save money and planet if you avoid paper cups with plastic lids.
  8. Small eco-friendly habits are also very important
    You can save hundreds of dollars a year if you stop using paper napkins. Sames goes for paper towels. Use both sides of the paper. Unless you’re presenting a document to someone, copy on both sides. Also, use rechargeable batteries and save money and add one more eco-friendly habit.
  9. Use eco-friendly products
    Try and use eco-friendly products as many different products that we use every day generally have eco-friendly alternative options like there are eco-friendly house cleaners, eco-friendly personal care items, eco-friendly furniture, and other eco-friendly household items.
  10. Bottle your own water
    By using a water filter and stainless steel or glass bottles you can save money and keep plastic bottles out of the landfills.
    Being eco-friendly and trying to protect the environment is a state of mind. Having eco-friendly habits is beneficial to the environment and it is the right thing to do.

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