The statistics are overwhelming. Scientists continue to study the effects of climate change and the media reports daily on pollution, extinction, and the myriad ways humans are destroying the planet. Given the dismal reality, it can be tempting to throw our hands up and assume we can’t do anything to improve the situation.
But that’s where we’re wrong. While the most dramatic changes will need to take place on corporate and governmental scales, there are a number of ways the average person can make his or her daily routine more eco-friendly, from actions as simple as using smaller plates and as unexpected as shopping online. In fact, a healthy lifestyle and an eco-conscious one often go hand in hand (extra bonus: being eco-friendly is often easier on the wallet).
This is a list of some of the biggest, less-talked-about lifestyle changes that will help the environment.
1. Start Cycling
With lots of campaign started by the government as well as the cycling track built in the busiest district, this will not only save you lots of money but keep you healthy too.
2. Combine errands
Taking one big trip to pick up groceries, drugstore items, and dry cleaning instead of making each a separate adventure is one easy way to cut down on petrol emissions.
3. Shop virtually
Online shopping. Buying online almost always involves less energy used and fewer carbon dioxide emission than in-store shopping. You can shop cloth pads at www.athenaempowers.com
4. Learn to love leftovers.
Few people want to eat the same thing for dinner five nights in a row, but throwing away the remainders of last night’s meal just to avoid boredom isn’t the most eco-friendly option. Instead, try getting creative in the kitchen and experiment with new dishes you can make using whatever’s still hanging around. Or freeze leftovers so you can eat them down the road.
5. Go naked.
When shopping, look for products with minimal to no packaging, or at least packaging made from recycled items. That means buying loose fruit and veggies instead of tomatoes wrapped in plastic and cereal that’s housed in just a bag (not a bag and a box). If you do choose packaged products, check the label to see if the packaging was made from recycled materials. And be sure to recycle or reuse (see the next tip) any cardboard, paper, or plastic packaging when you’re done with it.
6. Make it to the market.
Skip the produce aisle at the supermarket and instead visit your local farmer's market for a variety of locally grown foods. You can choose the fruits and veggies you want and see where exactly they’re coming from plus you are supporting the local economy.
7. Substitute menstrual pad with sustainable material
Athena Cloth Pad helps you to save money, lessen the risk of illnesses, save the environment. One cloth pad can be used up to 5 years with a costs of an average RM 35 per cloth pad. You are saving lots and lots of money and helping to reduce waste in the landfills.
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 parking a few blocks farther from the store will make much of a difference, over time, all these changes 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!