First of all, I want to say I am so sorry for not posting in forever! My life has been CRAZY with holidays, finals, and work. I will begin posting more regularly again!
Am I crazy about pollution and conserving the environment? no. Do I think our environment needs our help? yes. Over the years, people have become less and less concerned with our planet. This is the place where we live, and just as the title reads, there is no planet B.
I have put together 10 simple things we can do to help our planet.
By the time one child is potty trained, a parent will have gone through between 5,000 and 8,000 diapers. That is about 3.5 million tons of waste in the US landfills, and that is just for one child. Think about how many diapers 10 children go through. Cloth diapers are a more environmentally friendly disposal diaper is an easy fix for this problem!
2. Use both sides of the paper
To a person who doesn’t attend college everyday, this probably seems like a silly way to help our environment. I attend a college, and we use paper in all of my classes everyday. I have 5 classes. Some teachers allow us to write on the back of our paper and some do not. By simply allowing us to use both sides, we can tremendously cut down on the use of paper. Yes, paper comes from trees, and yes trees are renewable, but why would we want to kill more trees than we have to?
3. Brush without running water
You have heard this one a million times I’m sure, but it really works. If we stop brushing with the water running, it can conserve up to 5 gallons of water a day. In the US alone, 1.5 billion gallons of water could be saved. That is a lot of water! This is something easy that won’t burden you in any way, but will help the environment tremendously!
4. Plant a tree
The next thing is so easy, a child can do it! Planting just one tree helps the air, the land, and it can provide shade to your house. A tree can cause you to spend less money on heat during the winter and they can improve the value of your home. Planting trees can be done as an individual thing, or you could even make it a family activity. Planting a tree and tracking its progress is always a fun way to bond with family.
5. Thrift Shops are Your Best Friend
Thrift stores are the perfect place to find used items that are in great condition for a good price. Whether it be clothes, jewelry, toys, and many more things, they are bound to have it. They are known for their great prices, but also very high quality items. I have found many designer handbags and shoes at retail shops for more than half of the original price. They are a great way to buy used items and also sell your used items. I listed two of my FAVORITE thrift shops below!
6. Maintain Your Vehicles
The next thing is easy, especially if you have a guy in your life. Guys are fanatics about this kind of stuff. They are always worrying about when to change the oil, or rotate the tires (blah, blah, blah). Have you ever thought about how much those small thing can help save our environment. If everyone takes better care of their cars, they will last longer! When you maintain your vehicle, your are extending the life of it and saving on gas. So daughters, wives, girlfriends, etc start thanking the men in your life because they are saving you money and helping out the environment.
7. Say NO to plastic bags
This sounds so easy right? Well, I know.. it isn’t that easy! Carrying a reusable bag or a paper bag is not always the most convenient thing in the world. Sometimes we forget, or sometimes we just have too much stuff to fit in them! In the US alone, 84 billion plastic bags are used each year. Unfortunately, they are not biodegradable so they build up and they will eventually make their way into our oceans. Using alternatives will help tremendously.
8. Pay your bills online
Theoretically, if Americans would pay their bills online and recieve online statements, we would save 18.5 million trees every year, 2.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and 1.7 billion pounds of solid waste. This website is a great way to organize your bills if you decide to start receiving them online. This change may take some getting use to at first, but it will be worth it in the long run.
9. Use rechargeable batteries
Using something as simple as rechargeable batteries can benefit our environment. Yes, it is more money up front but it will save you money in the long run, and you will always be fully stocked for your child’s new toy that he/she is dying to play with. Most of the batteries that are produced and sold are alkaline batteries, and only a few of those get recycled.
10. Share the things you have learned today
Getting the message to other people about going green and saving our environment is crucial. This is not something that one person can do. It takes everyone together and making an effort for this to be accomplished. Nobody said “Going Green” was easy. It will take us changing our habits and spreading the word for this fantasy to become a reality.
My FAVORITE online thrift shops: