Anjani Haripriya Vishnubhatla
Frankly, being eco-friendly is not just switching off lights and fans when not in use or using LED light bulbs. So, let’s try to widen our horizon by not getting stuck with preliminary environmental education, and be wiser from today.
Eco-friendly people work towards enriching the environment by being closest to mother nature.
Here are 10 ways to become eco-friendly and save the environment in the process
1. Don’t Use Elevators
I’d say, do not use them. Because it’s win-win, right?
You burn some calories and save energy at the same time! However, for those who have no choice, kindly refrain from instructing for two different elevators at the same time.
There are many places which use more than one elevator for a single building. In this case, we often tend to run towards the other lift when this one is either late to arrive or already has too many passengers.
I hate to break it to you but energy is more valuable than anybody’s time and just to save your time, using double the energy than what is needed is just unfair.
2. Save Energy
Yes. Right from switching off lights and fans when not in use to changing to LED light bulbs everywhere, there are many ways to save energy in between these two generic measures.
Make sure that the technology used in your home is as energy-efficient as possible. Look for energy-efficient refrigerators and washing machines.
Cut off the cost of a dishwasher by washing dishes manually at home. Use microwaves instead of conventional ovens. Basically, save energy in any way possible.
3. Totally Cut Out On Plastic!
I cannot stress this enough. Shop from local stores that sell fresh produce instead of supermarkets that sell packaged produce.
Switch to locally sourced milk and eggs from the dairies to save on plastic packaging. Purchase bread directly from a bakery instead of buying packets.
Carry reusable cloth bags along with you everywhere you go. Carry reusable boxes to buy food and reusable bottles for coffee or freshly made juices.
Encourage plastic and cardboard packaging and avoid using plastic as much as you can. These reusable bags are very easy to make.
Unlike the DC Comics guy, our very own superhero helped our country with the never-ending plastic waste generated on a daily basis. Read the inspiring story of Rajagopalan Vasudevan: The Plastic Man Of India a True Superhero.
4. Segregate Your Waste
Now, this has to first involve awareness. Spread awareness about how important it is to segregate wastes and encourage your neighbors and the whole locality to segregate waste.
Not only wet and dry, but sanitary waste should also be segregated as it is biohazardous and handling it causes more serious diseases than any other waste.
5. Focus On Recycling
Look for a recycler near your home and pay a weekly visit for depositing your recyclable wastes.
Plastic bags, disposable bottles, used pens, and other materials should be cleaned and stored until you give them for recycling.
There are a lot of creative items you can make from just plastic bottles.
6. Make Use Of Alternative Resources
Install solar panels and make use of the Sun’s energy as the Sun never gets tired. Solar panels absorb sunlight as a source of energy to generate electricity.
Solar water heating panels and electricity generating solar panels on the roofs, further adding to the free heat and electricity gained from the sun.
An initial investment in solar panels is high but it is recovered over the long term.
Use menstrual cups instead of tampons or sanitary pads to reduce waste and minimize hazards of waste handling.
Enjoy a bucket bath instead of showering away the water into drains.
7. Don’t Throw Away Organic Waste
Organic products like fruit juices, eggs, vegetables and fruits beyond their expiry date can be composted and used as a natural fertilizer for your backyard fairy garden instead of a dump yard of stinky waste.
The compost enriches the soil, helping retain moisture and helps the production of beneficial bacteria that break down organic matter to create humus, a rich nutrient-filled material
You’ll also be sure that your house is in safe hands if you prepare your own chemical cleaners at home.
8. Use a Pressure Cooker
Pressure cooker speeds up the time taken to cook a meal, which means less energy used for preparing the meal. This kitchen gadget does a favor to you by reducing time and to the environment by saving energy.
9. Plant More And More Trees
More plants are a great way to improve air quality in the house without wasting money and electricity on air purifiers.
They add up cool look to your space and make your home more eco-friendly than before.
There are some beautiful indoor air purifier plants that you should consider buying.
Read, The story of Ranaram Bishnoi: The Tree Man Of India Who Planted 27k Trees Alone.
10. Insulate Your Windows
Replace your windows with energy-efficient windows which increase insulation, learn how?
This saves less energy on heating and air conditioning. Also saves on your electricity bill
We hope these tips to become eco-friendly will motivate you to become a better person and enjoy the mother Earth in its true form.
By now, you know these easy-peasy ways to help nature survive. We urge you to spread the word and maximize the awareness on this issue so that our children and their children live safer lives in the future.
If you think I missed any point don’t forget to drop it in the comments.