1. Stop buying plastic water bottles
In America, 1,500 plastic water bottles are wasted per second. Of all these water bottles, less than 15% are recycled. Do you know how much of that plastic is going to waste?! Instead, a smarter and more eco-friendly option would be to buy either a glass stainless steel thermos or glass vessel and refill it with water on your own. At home, you can buy water filters and get it installed to your sink, or you could have water filter pitcher (just fill it up with sink water, and the filter will do the rest to make sure the water is clean). This change is easy and fast, and will greatly reduce the amount of plastic being both used and wasted. We like filtering our tap with the Zero Water Pitcher.
2. Be smart about transportation
Many Americans drive to and from places by themselves, which not only wastes gas, but also harms the environment. The next time you need to run errands or go grocery shopping, plan to go with friends and/or family. You can carpool and chances are, you’ll have more fun getting the task done, too. Biking, skating, or walking are great options as well (get great exercise, fresh air + be more eco). The bus and the train or subway stations can also be very convenient, and cost significantly less than the price of gas.
3. Be mindful about everyday actions
Every act can make a significant impact. When you brush your teeth, do you turn off the tap when you apply toothpaste or while you brush? If a restroom has the option of using hand paper towels or the air dry machine, which do you use? If the former, how many pieces of the paper do you use? (Obviously, you should not run the tap while applying toothpaste to your brush, or while you brush; and use the air dryer option in restrooms.)
Though these examples of things you can change to be more mindful are seemingly small tasks, if everyone in this world were to be conscious, a huge eco impact would be made. Our resources are depleting, and our extravagant and excessive habits are not only unnecessary, but also extremely harmful to the environment.
Consider future generations – our grandchildren may suffer from global warming or from a lack of water or gas because of careless or selfish acts. We must think of all natural resources as a luxury, and we should try to appreciate the environment we live in more by doing every little thing possible to make a difference.
Remember: even just one small step or change is still progress! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – words to live by.
related: more green tips on alternativeconsumer.com