It’s hard making sustainable decisions sometimes. That’s why I’ve created a list of easy ways you can help mother earth out on a daily/weekly basis. Enjoy!
Don’t Use Plastic Straws. Over 500,000,000 plastic straws are used each day in the United States. In the past few years, plastic straws have become the norm in every drink. However, they create a lot of waste and only provide a slight convenience. You can probably go without a straw. And while you’re at it, you might as well say no to the plastic cover on top if you don’t use a straw.
Don’t Wash Everything. Standard washing machines use 40 gallons of water per load. If your clothes don’t stink, don’t wash them―and save a load a week. When you do wash, put full loads which can save 3,400 gallons of water a year and wash them on cold.
Toss The Lint. The average U.S. household spends up to $135 a year in energy costs drying clothes. A dirty lint filter can use 30 percent more energy to get the job done.
Skip Red Meat Once A Week. Meat production―especially in mass-produced beef―is extremely resource-intensive. It can take seven or more pounds of grain to produce one pound of beef, and livestock consumes 70 percent of America’s grain. It also takes roughly 1,800-2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. Eating less of it and choosing sustainably raised beef whenever you can will make a big impact.
Change Your Dishwasher Soap. Switch to a dishwashing powder that’s biodegradable and plant-based. These cleansers cut through grime, but they do it without the bleach and phosphates that threaten river and marine life and leave chemical residue on your dishes.
Reuse everything. Change your mind-set and think twice before throwing anything out. Ziploc bags that aren’t dirty can hold items tomorrow. Coffee-cup cardboard sleeves from this morning’s brew can be used later in the day. Someone you know might like the clothes you’re tired of or you can donate them.
Carry a water bottle with you. Buy a reusable bottle that fits your lifestyle and personal style and stop buying plastic water bottles. It saves you money in the long run and helps our mother earth. Americans use 3.3 million plastic bottles every hour but recycle only 23% of them.
These are all easy decisions that can be made daily to help out the earth and our environment. Some even save you money in the process so it’s a win-win for you and the planet! For more suggestions on how to make more green choices visit EcoWatch.
- Plastic Pollution Coalition
- Home Water Works
- Saving Electricity
- Meatless Monday
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