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How Do I Become a Better Friend to the Earth?

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As signs of environmental degradation continue to be seen in various parts of the world, we all have a part to play in protecting the environment not only for our sake but also for future generations. There are many changes you can make in your life geared towards being more eco-conscious and protective of our environment. The following are some eco friendly ideas that can help you become more planet friendly.

Eco Friendly Ideas to Help Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

No matter what the reason is for you to go green, whether that is to save the environment or to save some money, every step taken towards becoming environmentally conscious is another step towards saving our planet.

Buy Eco-friendly Tech

In the modern world, almost every piece of tech we use at home has an eco-friendly option. TVs, kitchen appliances, heaters, washing machines, and other sorts of appliances have eco-friendly options. In most cases, the eco-friendly option will be more expensive than the normal option. However, in buying one, you get to reduce your carbon footprint, and it could have lower operating costs as well.

Turn Off Electronics

As long as you are not using an electrical appliance, shut it off completely. Energy conservation is vital if you want to reduce your carbon footprint. Leaving electronics on or on standby uses up energy needlessly, which contributes to your carbon footprint.

Use LED Light Bulbs

Replacing all your light bulbs with LED options. LED bulbs are a lot more efficient than regular bulbs, and they also last longer. If you use LED bulbs, you will be using less power, and you won’t need to replace them so often. It’s a win-win for you and the environment! Plus, LEDs have a lot more color and dimming options.

Drive Less Walk More

If you can take the trip on foot, on a bike or using public transport, then go for it. Unless you own a Tesla or other electric car, driving isn’t really eco-friendly, and it adds to your carbon footprint. Minimize your driving to the times you have to.

Plant A Tree

Trees play a key role in the environment, especially with regards to reducing the amount of greenhouse gases floating in the atmosphere. If you have space, plant a few trees on your property. Not only is it great for the environment, but trees will also add a bit of aesthetic quality to your home, which improves its value.

Switch to Renewable Energy

Changing your energy source to one that is 100% renewable can drastically reduce your carbon footprint. For instance, you could install solar panels to provide energy at home instead of relying on the grid.

Avoid Using Plastic

Plastic is one of the biggest threats to the earth, especially since it has found a way into almost every aspect of our lives. However, giving up plastic is not hard – stop buying products in plastic containers, invest in a canvas shopping bag, and when you do use plastic, always recycle it.

Buy Locally Grown or Manufactured Products

An easy and guaranteed way to reduce your carbon footprint is by buying products that have been produced the closest to you. There is less carbon created when getting the products to you. In doing this, you will help the environment and also support local producers.

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Geraldine is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about self care, clean makeup and beauty, mental health, and relationships – as well as natural remedies and fitness. She’s a coffee enthusiast with Venezuelan roots, a former ballerina, and the sunscreen patrol. Most of the time, you can find her working on her skincare routine or trying a new dance workout.
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