25 Ways To Be Environmentally Conscious

Posted by on August 30, 2013

Everybody is making strides to protect and preserve the environment. True enough, the new war cry of most individuals and organizations today is “Go Green”. Our decisions and actions contribute to the deterioration or well-being of the environment, and it is something that none of us can ever afford to look right through. Now is the right time to make this planet safe both for the present generation and for the generations to come. As stewards of this planet, we should understand that it is our lives that are put at stake when we pollute the environment and over-consume our resources. Each choice we make has an environmental impact, so it is imperative that we learn how to make the right ones. Here are 25 ways to be environmentally conscious:


Recycle plastic, papers, clothes, etc.


Recycling is an indispensable part of environmental preservation. Among the items that can be recycled are papers, clothes, bulbs, electronics and plastic. It is best to have separate disposal bins for each of these items so waste segregation won’t be a problem. Before disposal, look for those that can be recycled. This saves such items from filling up landfills and emitting harmful chemicals during decomposition.


Donate your old items


Instead of trashing your old items, donate them. Aside from recycling, reusing is another good way to cut down energy expenditure that comes with recycling and production. Among the items you can donate are old furniture, shoes, electronics and clothes. That way, you don’t only get to protect the environment but also make an underprivileged individual’s life easier.


Conserve electricity at home


Typically, electricity comes from non-renewable fossil fuels, which release green house gases like carbon dioxide into the earth’s atmosphere. When you conserve electricity at home by using energy-efficient appliances, you contribute to the reduction of global warming. You can do this by turning off your air conditioner when it is not too hot or when you unplug the charger of your laptop when its battery is still full.


Use water responsibly


One of the best ways through which you can use water responsibly at home is by repairing your leaky faucets. After use, make sure that your faucets are closed enough not to leak. You can also run your laundry just when you have a full load so you won’t have to use much volume of water every day. In watering your lawn, use a sprinkler instead of a hose and don’t water your lawn when it rains.


Make organic compost for your garden


Instead of buying inorganic compost for your garden, make your own. You can do this by using your kitchen waste such as fruit and vegetable peels; dry leaves, or flowers. By using organic compost, you not only avoid waste from clogging up landfills but you also convert them into effective fertilizers.


Choose locally produced items over imported ones


This one may sound like it has nothing to do with being environmentally conscious, but it actually has a huge role in helping our environment. When you shop for locally produced items or materials such as food, flowers, clothes or shoes, you save a considerable amount of non-renewable fossil fuel energy required in transporting these goods from one country to another.


Use a cloth instead of a disposable diaper


In the United States, every household that has a baby disposes between 5,000 to 8,000 diapers until the time the baby learns how to pee or poop by himself. This amount contributes to the approximately 3.5 million tons of waste materials that go into landfills every year. To cause a gentler impact on the planet, choose a cloth over a disposable diaper.


Shift from regular light bulbs to compact fluorescent lights


Changing your light from a regular light bulb to a compact fluorescent lamp helps in reducing pollution. In a study, it was discovered that if each household in the United States replaces one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent lamp, the amount of pollution reduction would be equal to the removal of one million cars from the road.


Recycle newspaper


If every citizen of the United States recycle their Sunday newspapers every week, that is equivalent to saving more than half a million trees per week. Papers are made from trees, and when they are recycled or reused, it is pretty much like saving more trees from being cut and converted to paper.


Use a reusable container when buying water


Instead of using plastic bottles when buying water, bring a reusable water container with you. Most plastic bottles today can never be recycled and take thousands of years to decompose. Using a reusable container is a great choice not just for the environment but even for your health.


Take a shorter bath


If it normally takes you 15 minutes to take a shower, try reducing it to just 13 minutes. Every two minutes you save inside the shower helps conserve more than ten gallons of water in every bath. Over the course of the year, if everyone does that, the amount of water saved would be equal to the amount of freshwater from the Great Lakes.


Plant a tree


This is one of the most common ways of preserving the environment. When you plant a tree, you not only shade your house and save on cooling costs but you also get to improve the value of your property. Every member of every family should plant at least a tree every year to clean the air.


Turn off lights when not in use


When you leave a room, make sure that you always turn off your incandescent bulbs. The energy consumed by a fluorescent bulb is determined by the number of times it is switched on and off, so better turn them off when you leave a room for more than 15 minutes. By doing that, you are able to save energy on the bulb itself.


Maintain your vehicle


There is more about properly maintaining your vehicle than just extending its life and improving its performance. When you maintain your vehicle, you create less pollution and save gas. This means reducing greenhouse gases that go into the earth’s atmosphere.


Choose paper bags over plastic bags


500 billion plastic bags go into landfills every year. These materials are not biodegradable so they take thousands of years to decompose. When some of them make their way into the oceans, they enter the food chain and pose threats on our health and on the health of the natural ecosystem. On the other hand, paper bags are reusable, inexpensive, and take but a short while to decompose.