Everyday we can all reduce the impact we have on the world we live in. There's lots of little ways that add up to making a big difference.
What follows are some ideas how you, as an individual, can step a little lighter on the Earth; how you can green your life...
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We need to go easy on the earth
The best thing that we can do for the planet is to use less of it. At the heart of the environmental crisis is our consumer society.
Reduce what you use and buy less new stuff...
Here are a few questions you can ask before you buy: Do I, or the other person I am buying this for, really need this? Is there another product that would do the same thing but more sustainably? Will this last a long time? Do I know how this item was made, how it will be used and how it will be disposed of? Where was this made and under what circumstances? Are the materials used to make this renewable and have they been harvested in a sustainable manner?
Reuse things you have...
Regrettably, because we live in a "disposable society," we are encouraged to buy a new "improved" item even if the one we have can be repaired.
When we buy, we should buy items that are durable, and we should maintain them and have them repaired when necessary. If we do this, many things can not only last a lifetime, but can be passed along from generation to generation.
If something is truly unusable for its original purpose, try to be creative and think of how else it might be used. When you are done with it, think if someone else might be able to use it and give it to them or doante it to an op-shop.
Recycle everything you can...
Rather than throwing an item out when neither you nor anyone else can make use of it, have it recycled. And while recycling is not perfect - it requires energy and the process of changing something into something else often produces by-products - it is better than sending goods to the landfill or having them incinerated.
Find out what types of materials can be recycled in your area. Clean and sort the materials before putting them out on the curb as often collectors will not pick up recycling that is mixed or contains non-recyclables.