Saturday, 16 May 2020

5 EASY EVERY DAY STEPS YOUR CAN TAKE TO LOWER YOUR ECO-FOOTPRINT

Welcome back to my blog! I'd like to give a huge thank you to everyone who has taken the time this month to check out my page. In today's post we will be discussing FIVE simple ways you can lower you environmental impact!

Do you want to make a difference to the planet? Are you thinking about your ecological footprint? Wanting to produce less waste? This blog post is for you.

Below are the five topics that we'll be discussing today:


  1. REUSABLE GLASS WATER BOTTLES
  2. GROW YOUR OWN HERBS
  3. USE LESS WATER
  4. INVEST IN REUSABLE GROCERY BAGS
  5. USING NATURAL CLEANERS


Making a difference doesn't have to be hard. You don't need to overhaul your life overnight. Drastic changes, much like radical diets, don't often work long term for most people. If you want to take better care of the planet, start with little steps. Once you feel confident in those steps, take more. Before you know it, you'll have changed your life!

REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES

According Hydration Anywhere,

The United States of America uses:

+17 million barrels of oil / per year

TO MAKE

+50 million plastic water bottles / per year

This amount of oil could fuel 1.3 million cars / per year

or power 190,000 homes / per year

Now think of how often you use non-reusable plastic bottles each week. By switching to using reusable water bottles you are making a huge impact on the environment and your pocket book! Reusable bottles last longer, cost less money and are safer for your health.

According to Bio Friendly Planet, non-reusable bottles often contain BPA and other chemicals which can cause a multitude of health issues. They have caused water shortages across the world and often end up in landfills. They even affect the ocean.

By reducing or completely avoiding using non-reusable water bottles you will be making a huge difference to the Earth. With one step you can make a positively impact on your environment and create a ripple effect to the entire eco-system.

TIP: Reusable water bottles come in a variety of materials, shapes and colours. I would recommended purchasing two for yourself so you are able to always have one with you.

USE LESS WATER

The easiest step you can take to lower you ecological footprint is to use less water. You don't need to purchase anything to do this and you will save money.

A few easy ways you can achieve this are:

  • Cut a few minutes off of your shower each day.
  • Take a bath less regularly.
  • Use your dishwasher.
Did you know, according to a recent article that was posted on BBC.com, an efficient dishwasher actually uses less water than washing by hand?

GROW YOUR OWN HERBS


Unless you are regularly shopping at farmer's markets or growing your own produce you have probably bought fresh herbs from your local grocery store before. If you store is anything like those in my area the herbs' are packaged in plastic and are sporadically unhealthy.

If you enjoy keeping plants, you might consider adding a few herbs to your collection. Growing your own herbs is an easy way to lower the impact on the environment and get extra delicious straight off the vine produce.

WARNING: If you have pets, check online and call your local veterinarian to make sure your herbs (just like your houseplants/garden) are safe for animal consumption. If you have pets, they might be ignoring your current plants but herbs are often sweet-smelling and irresistible to your fur babies.

PRO TIP: A great addition to any pet owners' library is this page. The ASPCA has a list of potential toxic and non-toxic plants to help keep your pets safe.

INVEST IN RE-USABLE GROCERY BAGS

One of the first things that I did when I started my journey to lower my eco-footprint was to invest in a few re-usable grocery bags. This was before most stores began to plastic alternatives. While most stores have now switched to non-plastic alternatives such as paper, there is an ongoing debate about the environmental impact and sustainability of this change.

Luckily for us, there is a bunch of great alternatives to non-reusable paper and plastic bags. Many grocery stores and online shops now carry reusable bags made from materials such as canvas, cotton and recycled plastic.

TIP: If you're looking into purchasing reusable bags, I would recommend using one(s) that are safe to wash.

USE NATURAL CLEANERS

Another easy way that you can contribute to protecting the environment is to cut back on your use of chemical/synthetic cleaning products. Many companies now produce eco-friendly cleaning products that are much easier on the environment. You can also make you own!

There is a bunch of recipes for making your own cleaning products. Diluting vinegar with water is a very popular choice. Do your research to find out exactly what home-made cleaners are sufficient.

The Why? By using natural cleaning products you are decreasing the amount of plastic being produced and lowering the amount of chemicals that are being introduced into the water system.


I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS POST. COMMENT BELOW YOUR FAVOURITE ECO-FRIENDLY TIP!


XOXO,


Susan Margot



Sources Cited:

Green, Chris. "Environmental Advantages of Reusable Water Bottles." Web blog post. Bio Friendly Planet. 2018. Bio Friendly Planet. 13. April. 2 April. 2020.

Ro, Christine. "The hidden impact of your daily water use." Web blog post. Smart Guide to Climate Change. 2020. BBC. 27. March. 2 April. 2020.

N/A. "Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants." Web page. ASPCA. N/A. 2 April. 2020.


































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