Environmental damage is occurring every day and I, for one, don’t want to sit back and watch it happen! Are you with me? If so, this guest post from Andrea Bell about simple ways to make green lifestyle changes is one that you’ll want to read. Find out how to go green at home, starting today.
Centuries of careless use and unawareness has come to a crescendo of environmental damage. The oceans are warming alongside the rise of global warming. The air we breathe in, and the water we swim in, is equally polluted. On top of it, ballooning carbon dioxide emissions and ozone degradation are serious threats.
There are presently around 700 million vehicles on the road that are producing 900 million tons of carbon dioxide per year. The World Counts confirms that our acts have also destroyed 27% of coral reefs. Each hour turns 1,692 acres of productive land into dry land. Our planet has also lost 80% of the forests, and 55 billion tons of finite fossil energy is extracted annually.
Household cleaners add to the environmental damage, so that’s a great place to go green at home. In fact, 1 in 3 chemical-based cleaning items consists of ingredients that are known to cause ecological problems. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) like nitrogen, phosphorus, and ammonia present in these products are incredibly hazardous.
Furthermore, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) labels VOCs as the most dangerous of all the toxic chemicals in household cleaners. Recent research reveals that these household cleaners, along with perfumes and paints, are critical culprits of urban air pollution.
Alastair Lewis, professor of atmospheric chemistry at the University of York, talks about the house cleaners-induced damage. He states, “It’s hard to say how much pollution is down to VOCs, but a rough estimate is that between one quarter and a third of all particles are made up of organic compounds that originate as VOC.”
Not only are these chemical cleaners harmful to the environment but they are unsafe for human health too. These cleaning substances hold the second position among reasons for children poisoning. Likewise, cleaning substances are concluded as the third most typical cause of poison exposure in adults.
In the light of these staggering revelations, easy green lifestyle changes include switching to using green products. The market for environmentally-friendly household cleaners is diverse. Some real green household cleaner manufacturers are Seventh Generation, Method, and JR Watkins among others.
There is yet another option to go green, and it’s related to preparing your own eco-friendly cleaning recipes for household cleaning. For instance, you can make an all-purpose cleaner that cleans kitchen countertops, mirrors, windows and more at home. What you need to do is to mix one part of white vinegar with nine parts of water.
Fill this in a spray bottle and voilà! You have a green cleaner at your disposal that isn’t costly and contains only natural ingredients.
Another eco-friendly change to make in your everyday life revolves around saving more of our planet’s scarce resources. Our duty to preserve water does not limit itself to times of draught only; it extends to everyday matters.
On average, 10 gallons of water is lost to leaks on a daily note. It makes up about 14% of the indoor use. A 2014 Government Accountability Report points out that 40 from 50 US state managers expect water shortage of some kind in their states in the coming decade.
Similar to water, the resources used in energy production are also finite. Therefore, it is crucial for us to not only prevent energy wastage but also switch to energy-efficient solutions like those facilitated by Scoop.Solar.
Another of the green lifestyle changes is to switch to smart energy today as you go green at home. It is a worthy investment as it helps save precious energy resources by moving from non-renewable to renewable energy sources.
Lastly, try and minimize waste. Keep in mind that the “3 Rs” (Reuse, Reduce and Recycle) can serve as a means to this end. Americans generate more than 38 million tons of dangerous water annually.
The fact of the matter is that the waste produced doesn’t disappear into thin air. Instead, processing and recycling waste are energy-intensive processes, which add to the loss of energy. Waste like plastics are not biodegradable and climax in environmental harm. Plastic pollution results in air, water, as well as land pollution, both in its manufacture as well as incineration phases.
About 5.25 trillion micro and macro plastic bits float in the open ocean and account for a weight of 269,000 tons. Moreover, of all the marine debris, plastics pitch in a share of 60-90%.
Our environment is our responsibility. A safe future stands on the tenets of daily eco-friendly changes to curtail the damage done to the ecosystem. It’s these small steps to go green at home that will make a substantial impact tomorrow.
Andrea Bell is a blogger by choice. She loves to discover the world around her. She likes to share her discoveries, experiences and express herself through her blogs. Find her on Twitter.
It’s great to be reminded about our part in keeping the planet healthy. :)
I was a Boy Scout in the 1960s. The Scouts taught me that conservation is important. I remember one scout leader who showed us that it was possible to wash with not much more than a trickle of water.
Unfortunately, loads of people then and now are very wasteful.
The challenges are enormous.
Amazing tips ! These are really simple & easy to adapt !!
Nice post. water will soon became a scarce resource if we don’t conserve it .
wonderful post, if everyone does a little on their part to adapt these small changes ,it would really make a big difference!
Lovely tips presented here, Christy. Thank you.
I use water and vinegar to clean and it works beautifully!
Also, our city picks up compostable waste on a weekly basis in our ‘green bins’.
I love it. They turn it into compost and give it away in the spring just in time for gardening.
Every little bit helps! Thanks for a great post! :)
Great post. We don’t use a lot of products with chemicals in, not only for the effects they have on the environment, but also as some trigger Asthma.
For UK readers, a friend told me today that Morrisons now accept you bringing your own Tupperware for meat and dairy counters (instead of the polythene bags) and you can use cooler bags for f&v instead of bagging those individually!
Excellent advice and happy to say I engage in all the practices. :)
I prefer watching John Force flying down the quarter-mile track spitting fuel into the atmosphere… “Breathe it in, Breathe it in…mmm so good.” – So maybe I’ll look into a few eco-friendly tips?..
Great adwise as always Christy. Love the idea of beeing more eco-friendly, so important message ❤️
I love this post! Its a great inspiration. small changes make a big difference.
Again a great piece of content.
Keep up the good work Christy 😊
Great to start with some easy steps – nice work Christy B :)
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