Oct 09, 2018

Green is the Future

 

They say that one person doesn’t make a material difference, in a pool of billions. This simply isn’t true. When it comes to the environment, each person’s effort to go green makes a huge impact. The ‘Go Green’ movement has had a presence on the planet for decades now… and for good reason. 

 

With vast urbanization and development, humans have depleted the earth of several natural resources and done extensive damage to the environment. Although there have been several green initiatives taken by governments across the world, this is only palliative. More harm has been done by our species than good.

 

However, the positive is that it doesn’t take as much effort to go green as you might think! It’s simply about changing basic habits that we're used to. More individuals going green creates a major difference in the environment in the long run. It's important to understand that the planet's ecosystem is more fragile than we realize.

 

Here are a few basic steps to help you go green: 

 

 

Save Water:

Water is one of the most basic necessities of human life. Here are a few tips to save water that help you save money too!

 

  • Take shorter showers. It’s fun to get lost in thought, but you only need a basic amount of water and a short amount of time to clean your body, after all!
  • Grow basic plants in your garden or balcony that require minimal watering.
  • Install sink water aerators, as they restrict the flow of water in your sink.
  • Install low-flow shower heads. They reduce the pressure of the water coming out of the shower head, thus saving water.

 

Save Energy:

Every unit of power you use is created through polluting or land-intensive processes. Save energy - and save money - to help the environment.

 

  • Unplug appliances when you’re done using them or when they’re fully charged. Buy a smart strip to recognize overcharging.
  • Use cold water to wash clothes, to the extent possible. Washing machines use about 85% of energy needed per cycle in heating the water.
  • Hanging clothes outside to dry in the sun helps you avoid using an electric dryer.
  • Replace your old lights with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or LEDs.
  • Installing solar panels as a water heater and also for cooking saves power to a large degree.

 

Save Fuel:

Fuel is scarce and expensive, and vehicles pollute heavily and add to the traffic on our city roads. Really, there’s no downside to saving some fuel!

 

  • If your office is in close proximity to your house, use a bicycle or walk to work. You save costs on gas while also getting some good exercise in! 
  • If your office isn’t that close, try using public transport or car-pooling.
  • If you’re using your car, don't let the vehicle be idle for more than 30 seconds. If you're sitting in bad traffic, just switch it off. Idling vehicles contribute a lot to air pollution.

 

Eat Healthy:

  • Buy locally raised, organic meat, eggs, and dairy as much as possible. Not only does this help the local economy, but it’s cost-effective and less harmful to the environment.
  • If you’re eating seafood, opt for sustainable brands and variants.

 

 

Other Tips:

  • Avoid bottled water. Shift to water filters to save water and prevent container waste.
  • Purchase a reusable water bottle for use when you travel and, preferably, avoid plastic.
  • Try to use your cell phones and computers (among other electronics) for as long as possible.
  • When it comes time, don't dispose of your electronics. E-waste results in mercury and other toxins that are a huge environmental problem. Instead, recycle or donate them.
  • Wear clothes that don’t require dry cleaning, as this reduces the use of toxic chemicals.
  • Recycle your paper goods to be used for other purposes.

 

It’s incredible to think of just how much positive impact one person can make to the environment. Build a habit to contribute to a sustainable lifestyle and proudly embrace the ‘Go Green’ Motto, both when applying it personally and when spreading awareness.

 

Make a difference. Go Green!

 

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