5 Tips for Helping the Environment

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Preserving the Earth’s natural resources and being eco-friendly should be a topic of discussion that everyone is willing to entertain. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to become a bit greener at home or in the workplace. The pure fact that everyone should be making a conscious effort to have a positive impact on the environment is important.

  • Recycle
  • Reduce consumption
  • Reuse items for other purposes
  • Walk and bike to more places
  • Turn your home or business into a green building

Recycle

Recycling has become one of the easiest things to achieve. Villages, cities and townships all across the US have been providing residents with recycling containers, bins and cans for years. Every resident can do their part in reducing the amount of trash taking up space in landfills by recycling. Common items to recycle include plastic, paper and glass.

Reduce Consumption

Reducing consumption is not just about food. It is important to reduce the consumption of the earth’s resources as well as the things you are purchasing. Over buying and having more than you need is not good. Those who hoard items or over purchase then impact the chain of supply. More and more items will be made and this means more natural resources are depleted via factories, machinery and transportation of those goods. Becoming eco-friendly means to become consumption friendly as well. Waste less and purchase less. Turn off your appliances when you are not in rooms, preserve food so that you are throwing away less and share the excess. The same is true for restaurants. Restaurants and grocery stores often suffer great losses when it comes to food that spoils or expires. Restaurant scheduling software can help dining establishments keep track of restaurant food waste and what they use most and what they can decrease for purchases.

Reuse Items For Other Purposes or Donate Them

There isn’t always a need to throw everything away and purchase new. In a lot of instances you can help the environment by repurposing something that may otherwise take up space in a land fill. Donating items is also a great way to give them a second use. Old towels, blankets and textiles are often happily accepted at local animal shelters. Toys and children’s items can be given to daycares or youth outreach organizations. Even vehicles can be donated to various charities. These are all fantastic ways to help others while helping the environment.

Walk and Bike to More Places

It is no surprise that walking and riding your bike will cut back on gas use. Cars omit harmful gasses that are damaging to the Earth’s atmosphere. It is not always necessary to hop in your car and drive somewhere. Whenever you have the opportunity to walk, ride your bike or even ride share, you are making a conscious effort to positively impact the environment.

Turn Your Home or Business into a Green Building

As appliances need replacing it is important to consider energy star appliances. These are eco-friendly and use less energy to operate. You can also consider a smart thermostat and home system that will help run your home properly while you are away. This technology will reduce the amount of gas and electric your home utilizes. It can also track your usages and suggest ways to make changes that will reduce consumption as well as pass on savings directly to you. Homes and businesses can both greatly benefit by implementing “green” technology.

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