The world is changing, and too often it is on the expense of our environment. Most of us turn a blind eye, assuming we can’t do anything to improve the situation, but that’s where we are wrong. There are a number of ways to how we, the average people, can help save our planet.
Since most of us don’t like to break our daily routines, we have chosen five, very simple ways to become more environmentally friendly. Remember, it is all about taking small steps in the right direction. Let this be the first step to mend our planet.
Use a glass bottle
Plastics decompose slowly, and can also cause environmental problems, especially when the plastic ends up in the ocean. In addition, considerable resources are used to produce and transport plastic bottles. Instead, buy yourself a glass bottle and refill it with tap water. Are you lucky enough to live in Scandinavia, you have some of the cleanest water in the world right there in your sink.
We love: MyBKR bottles
Turn off your computer
Many of us choose to leave our computer in sleep mode instead of turning it off when we leave home or work. But did you know, by turning it off you can save 40-watt hours per day? If you don’t like waiting for it to turn on in the mornings, go fill your water bottle or get a cup of coffee in the meantime.
Many of us let the water run while brushing our teeth. This is not only very unnecessary, but also bad for the environment. So, brush without running. If you think this is tricky remember that dentists now a days tell us to not use water when brushing anyway, it is better for your teeth. This should make it even easier.
Get yourself your own coffee cup
Have you ever thought of how many paper cups that are used to sell coffee around the globe? Or how many cups you use and then throw away in the office? Why not invest in a reusable cup? Not only is it environmentally friendly, but it also keeps your coffee hot much longer. Or maybe you have a favorite cup at home, why not have one at work or school as well.
We love: Bodum travel mug
Big NO NO to plastic bags
An average grocery store goes through thousands of plastic bags everyday, and at home we use plastic bags to store food and pack lunches. All this adds up to an unbelievable amount of plastic waste. Plastic takes many years to biodegrade and has a tendency to end up in places where it doesn’t belong, like the ocean. So bring your own bag next time you go grocery shopping, and if not, at least try to choose the paper bags instead.
We love: Run & Relax Tote
By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo: Flickr