There are lots of easy eco-friendly tips you can implement that allows you to save the earth as well as a bit of money in the process. Starting by changing the little things in our home it can add up over the course of the year. This article will give some sustainable ideas on how to go green. We need to start by changing our homes because they play part in reducing landfill waste, cleaning the air, and preserving the natural landscape. So what are these easy eco-friendly tips anyone can do?
Reduce Food Wastage
Food wastage is a serious issue facing many families today and a huge waste of money. You should have a strategy to reduce food wastage because everything is done on a budget. If your family is throwing away more food in a week that you consume, then there is an issue.
Here is what you should do: serve small portions to everyone and they should finish everything before getting anything more. When your kid decides on getting more food, you should remind them that they have to eat everything on their plates. It helps prevent mindless eating, plus they get used to the routine to the extent you don’t have to keep on reminding them. The leftovers should go in the fridge to be eaten during lunch time.
Go Vegan Once a Week
For a sustainable and manageable future, you need to reduce meat consumption because it takes lots of resources to produce it. If you think you’re a serious carnivore, you should start to cut back on your eating. Set one day a week and aim on eating greens, you might just be surprised by the response you will get from your family. You might be motivated to becoming a vegan completely and don’t forget this area of food is quite large. However, it doesn’t mean you have to abandon meat altogether. Lean meat is good for muscle mass building.
Here are some foods you should incorporate into your vegan life.
Breakfast: fried potatoes (add other veggies), fruit salad with granola, and toast. The veggies should have some guacamole and salsa.
Lunch: hummus with veggies and crackers, vegetable soup with rice.
Dinner: tacos (roasted cauliflower or black beans instead of meat), fried tofu, or homemade baked beans.
Open the Curtains and Turn Off the Lights
During the day, you shouldn’t use artificial light since the sun does a good job lighting your home naturally. Most of the rooms should be well lit during the day and drawing curtains allow the sun to shine in the rooms. Plus, you let fresh air in. However, if your place doesn’t receive direct sunlight and it’s always dark, you can use the artificial lighting but you remember to turn off all the lights when you leave the house. This might sound like a little thing but it adds up over time.
Start a Garden
Gardening helps to utilize the dead space in your yard and make it eco-friendly. However, you need to commit yourself to consume every single thing that comes out of your garden. This might mean that you will have to eat salad for a couple of weeks or freeze green beans to eat throughout the winter. Whatever it takes, be part of that growth by not letting those delicious fruits and veggies go to waste.
Use a Reusable Water Bottle
Most people might be doing this already but the focus is to get yourself a reusable water bottle instead of using plastic. This can be quite simple. Don’t think that bottled water is better for you because it’s actually tap water. If you’re among the people who live in places where clean drinking water comes straight out of the tap, why not take advantage of it and drink it all you can. And, with your reusable bottle, you can carry your own water instead of buying bottled water.
Bike or Walk to The Stores
You shouldn’t drive into a neighboring store when you can use a bicycle or simply walk there. For example, if you live 15 minutes to the bank, why not just commit yourself into walking every single time? Even for the kids who go to a school a few blocks from your home, they should walk there instead of driving them. However, if it’s raining or snowing then and only then can you drive them to school.
A common observation is that we tend to accumulate things that we don’t require which end up in the landfills, rivers or cluttering our homes. You shouldn’t buy something you don’t require no matter what. Even better, if you have unwanted clothes, you should consider donating them. Also, buying local items can be worthwhile, from clothes to food since less carbon is created when transporting imported items. And you will be supporting your economy.
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