7 Things You Can Do Today To Help Save The Earth

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Saving the environment isn’t just an issue anymore. It has become a survival matter. It has become essential for governments and individuals to increase environmental awareness and save what’s left of our planet for future generations. Below, in no order, is a list of things you can do to help save the earth.

#1. Conserve Water.

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Consider the 2.2 billion people around the world who don’t have access to clean drinking water and those who are dying from contaminated water. However small you might think the difference you can make, it still can save lives.

• Every time you’re using water whether it was to shower, brush your teeth, wash your dishes... and make sure you use it efficiently.
• If you have a leaky faucet, fix it.
• Conserve water from rain to water your plants later.
• Also, you can use the water after cleaning fruits and vegetables to water your plants.
• Put a brick in the tank of your toilet to save water each time you flush.

Check out more ideas on how to conserve water.

#2. Be Car-Conscious.

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By using your car efficiently and only when needed, you can reduce greenhouse gas emissions considerably.

• Combine your errands and start at the farthest one. When your car gets heavier, it’ll consume more gas.
• See if you can telework, so you won’t have to go to work as often.
• Maintain your car and keep your tires inflated to the proper pressure. It’ll improve your gas mileage by 0.6% to 3%.
• If it’s less than a 20-minute walk, walk it. This will help you stay healthy too.

• If public transportation is easily accessible, consider taking it. Or even carpool.

#3. Reduce Your Plastic Use.

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Since plastic was invented in the late 19th century, we became dependent on it, but now we’re drowning in plastic. Recycling is a way to deal with all the plastic waste, but reducing our usage is the first thing to consider.

• Filter your tap water and use a reusable water bottle to reduce your consumption of bottled water.
• Refuse plastic cutlery and straws and start keeping your stainless steel cutlery in your desk at work.
• Pack your lunch and take your coffee in a reusable mug or flask.
• Buy in bulk and avoid excessive food packaging.
• Keep reusable shopping bags and jars in your car.

Check out more ideas to reduce your plastic use.

#4. Reduce Food Waste.

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Over 1/3 of all food produced globally goes to waste every year. Food that otherwise can be used to feed the hungry.

• Buy in the quantity that you need.
• Double the recipe and freeze the rest for later.
• Eat your leftovers.
• Grow your own food.

• Compost makes a great natural fertilizer. You don’t need a garden to compost. You can simply add it to your potted plants.

#5. Conserve Energy.

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All forms of electricity generations have an environmental impact on our air, water, and land. Reducing your energy consumption can decrease your environmental footprint (and save money).

• Switch to LEDs. They last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs and they use at least two-thirds less energy.
• Make sure your home has proper insulation.
• Replace your air filter regularly so your HVAC system doesn't have to work overtime
• Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they’re full.
• Air dry your clothes as much as you can.
• Turn your computer off overnight.

Check out more ways to conserve energy.

#6. Save On Paper Waste.

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Did you know that 93% of paper comes from trees and that Paper accounts for 25% of landfill waste? Even with the electronic revolution, paper usage is increasing and is expected to double before 2030.

• Use double sides of the paper.
• Don’t waste napkins when you eat outside. Only take what you need and if you can go without, do it.
• Instead of buying paper books and newspapers, get the electronic version or join the library.
• Reuse gifts wraps and bows. You can also be creative and make your own gift wrap from old newspapers, maps, and magazines.
• Reduce your mail junk.
• Pay your bills online.
• Cancel your paper bank statement and opt to receive online ones.

• Recycle!

#7. Be Fashion Conscious.

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Clothing accounts for between 2 % and 10 % of the environmental impact, which is often felt in third countries, as most production takes place abroad. Being fashion conscious can help decrease your environmental footprint.

• Opt for a capsule wardrobe. Some people swear by 33 items to be the right amount of clothes needed.
• Slow fashion. This means buying fewer items of better quality. This will extend the longevity of your clothes.
• Repair your clothes. If a button falls off, learn how to fix it.
• Buy second-hand.
• Reuse old clothes and rugs to clean around your house.

• Recycle!

 Other Tips:

• Buy local products. As it saves all the pollution incurred by transporting goods long distance
• Plant a Tree. If you don’t have a garden, get some pots.
• Make sure you always recycle glass as it takes up to a million years to decompose.
• Use chemical-free products when it comes to personal care products and detergents.
• Use a laptop instead of a desktop. A laptop uses about half the energy of its desktop counterpart.
• Recycle your cell-phone. Use a program like collectivegood.com (a clearinghouse for nonprofit phone-recycling efforts) to benefit groups such as the American Red Cross.

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