You must have heard the term “eco-friendly” a lot in your daily life, and sometimes trying to live a more ecologically friendly life can be really hard and expensive. Not everyone can afford to go and buy an electric car. Maybe you live way too far away from work to do your daily commute in a bicycle every day.
But there are some good news. You do not need to spend a lot of money or sweat your energy out every day in order to stay green. In fact, most of the things we will list here end up saving you money while contributing to saving the planet. Yes, every little help does count, and caring for the planet is something we all must do. Some do require a little bit of extra work, but in the end, it's worth it. These are simple changes everyone can apply, and some simple thing anyone can follow, so let's talk about that.
Beware of plastic
Plastic is one of the main enemies of a green planet. However, we know it is pretty much impossible or at least really expensive to not use plastic. Let's face it, whether you want it or not, you use plastic in your daily life, sometimes without even realizing it. From your computer's keyboard to the shampoo bottle you used in the morning.
Try to use as little plastic as possible, and if you really need to use plastic remember to recycle as much as you can. There are dozens of uses in the home for used plastic products, in case you can't take yours to be processed for whatever reason. Nevertheless, most places do have separate recycling cans for different materials. Use them with responsibility. You would not imagine how troublesome can be a piece of glass in the plastic recycling container.
While producing all those smart devices do indeed affect the environment, keep in mind that most of these fabrics need to cover a minimum set of standards for environmental protection, even though these standards vary from country to country, or even from city to city. However, keep in mind thatwhen you are reading all your books in your tablet, you are saving some money while preventing the usage of thousands and thousands of paper sheets.
Not only going digital can prevent more paper production, but it can also keep the streets cleaner. No more newspapers all over the streets. But this doesn't go just for books, and while it may be unnecessary to say so, try to buy all your music in digital formats too. All the plastic and processing it takes to make CD's can be extremely harmful, and you can keep your music collection in one (or a few) small devices, at least the majority. We understand that people do love their collections.
Make a few tweaks to your lifestyle at home
While the more obvious things like don't let the water running or turn off the lights when you're not using them are really popular, there are some more small changes that will not be much of a hassle and by making them you can contribute to change the world while saving a few bucks too!
First of all turn down the heat. Using less energy in your home can impact the environment as well as your bills. Turning down the thermostat can greatly help on this. Similarly the other way round is to try not to get the AC too cool on warm days. Unplugging your devices can also help, at least a little. Unplug your phone charger when you’re not using it for instance. Reuse home products as much as possible too. Use old ragged clothes as cleaning cloth, donate what you don’t use to a charity or even sell them to get some extra cash.
As mentioned before, use less paper overall, when you need to take a note or write something down, try doing it on your smartphone. It will be at hand anytime you might need it and you won't be wasting paper every time you need to take a small note.