Are you interested in going green, but do not want to make huge changes in your life? Here are a few simple everyday tips to help you reduce your carbon footprint and support a healthier environment.
- Go vegetarian once a week. Producing meat requires a lot of resources, including water and fuel, so eating one less meat- based meal a week can help reduce the meat industry’s carbon footprint and your own.
- Use one less paper napkin. Most people have the tendency to grab several paper napkins from the dispenser, however the more napkins pulled, the more that go into the landfill and the more trees wasted.
- Recycle your newspaper or read newspaper articles online. You will be saving trees and preventing more waste from going into the landfill.
- Brush your teeth without letting the water run. You might be surprised how much water you will save.
- Take a shorter shower. The longer the shower, the more water wasted. Or consider changing your shower head to a low flow shower head to save water.
- Plant a tree. Trees benefit the environment because they filter water and recycle oxygen into the air. So help out the environment and plant a tree.
- Stop paper bank statements. Request to receive your bank statements online and save paper.
- Hesitate before throwing something away—could it be reused, given as a gift, recycled? Just because you throw something away doesn’t mean it disappears forever. Limit the amount that you send to the landfill.
- Choose matches over lighters. Lighters are made of plastic and filled with butane fuel which when thrown away are harmful to the environment. Choose cardboard matches which are usually made of recycled paper instead of wooden matches made from trees.
- Turn off the lights when you leave a room. It is easy to forget to turn off a light at night or when you leave for work in the morning so leave reminders around the house to keep you from forgetting.
These are just a few ways to decrease your carbon footprint and go green. There is so much more that any individual can do, so do your own research or just take a look around you and discover where most of your waste comes from. Any change in action makes a difference, so start your change today! Interested in learning about more green tips? Check out our website at http://www.gundersenenvision.org/.