Make your Move for the Environment: Earth-friendly practices at home and at work
When we think of caring for the environment, we often think of big and wide-scale efforts such as tree planting or participating in coastal clean-ups. While these certainly bring great impact to the cleanliness of our ecosystem, some of the most effective ways are small daily habits, which we can practice from our homes to the school or the office.
Be an everyday advocate of environmental care with the following tips:
Dine in instead of takeaway
From breakfast, to lunch, or dinner, even with our snacks in between– we can cut on plastic and Styrofoam consumption with the simple choice of preparing our meals at home or simply dining at the restaurant or canteen.
Segregate your trash
Proper waste segregation and disposal is key to maintaining your city’s waste management system. It is important to keep track of local ordinances and schedules so you can properly dispose the right type of waste on the right days. Outside our homes, we must also learn to segregate our waste and throw them in to the proper bins: biodegradable, non-biodegradable, or recyclable.
Don’t leave the faucet running while brushing your teeth
Use water sparingly, and don’t leave the faucet running while you brush your teeth. Water is too precious of a resource to be wasted. You can also do the same while washing your face or washing the dishes.
Unplug all your appliances/devices before leaving the house
Always remember to unplug appliances and gadgets before leaving your home. Appliances left plugged on still consume energy. This seemingly small act can translate to big savings on your electricity bill in the long run.
Carpool to work
We all know that too many cars on the road cause heavy pollution and traffic. One way to help prevent this is by sharing a ride with our coworkers, or neighbors who share the same route. Not only will you maximize fuel consumption by carpooling, but you will also get to enjoy other people’s company while commuting.
Use reusable containers in storing food and drinks
Instead of habitually buying drinks which come in disposable containers, why not bring your water container? Save up on plastic consumption by putting your snacks or lunch in a reusable container.
Ditch the straw and bring your own metal utensils
Plastic utensils are widely used on a daily basis. These single-use items take years before they break down. Due to improper waste disposal, they usually end up in our oceans, along with all other plastic waste, proving a great threat to marine life. We can avoid this cycle by avoiding plastic utensils altogether. We can bring our own reusable metal utensils including straws, and stirrers for our drinks.
Reuse paper for printing
In this digital age, it is really important to ask whether printing a document is still necessary; information can be transmitted digitally. If printing is necessary, it pays to print on the unused page of the paper.
Be conscious in caring for the environment, wherever you may be. Remember that small acts done regularly in caring for the environment can create a ripple effect and a positive change for a healthier planet.