7 Eco-friendly switches one can make in their daily life.
Firstly let’s understand what eco-friendly is, Eco-friendly means something that is friendly to our mother earth, something that doesn’t harm the environment.
I won’t talk about being plastic free- that is too much to ask for!
Sadly we have come too far to go back. We all know single use plastic is not good for the environment and we all know that it is difficult to do without it.
Let’s not talk about what we can’t do, let’s take a look at what we can do.
Listing 7 easy eco-friendly things you can do to make a difference-
- Using bucket to take bath instead of shower –
When we use a low flow shower we end up using 3-5 liters of water a minute. Now, if someone takes a bath for at least 10 minutes they end up using 30-50 ltrs of water, could you believe that? While a bucket just uses 20 -25 liters of water and cleanses well as the water comes with greater force. Now when you take a bath, wash your face or brush your teeth just think about what you are doing to conserve water.
- Carrying your own cloth bags- This is a very simple and easy thing to do. Having a checklist while stepping out and including a large cloth bag in it can save you from bringing back home a plastic bag.
- Cut down Impulsive shopping (online and Retail) – Knowing your needs and wants and buying only what you need is the key. With buying things just at a click, rampant online discounts leading to impulsive buying and a surge to the sales of things that otherwise wouldn’t happen. Be mindful of what you are buying and not only will you save money, you will contribute in saving the environment too.
- Repairing what can be repaired- Do not throw away what can be easily repaired or upcycled.
Quoting Pete Seeger, Folk Singer & Social Activist
“If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled, or composted, then it should be restricted, designed or removed from production.”
If you look at the previous generations, they were hoarders, but if you closely observe them you will also notice that they are the ones who do not believe in discarding things. The previous generation can teach you a lot about reusing and repairing household stuff. I learn a lot from my mom, mom in law and father in law.
- Carrying your own cutlery, water bottle and bowl and denying disposables- Well, this is something I am yet to start doing. Although I carry my good looking wooden cutlery and straw set by @SuckIn straws.
- Segregating waste- Research and studied Studies suggest that household waste alone contributes to 70-80% of waste generated.
If waste segregation can be managed well a lot of issues with regards to waste disposal can be handled well too.
- Using sustainable menstrual and diapering products- Ever wondered how much waste we create each month during our menstrual cycles. After I started cloth diapering my son, my next move was to switch to a cup, Menstrual cups came in as a boon to me. Cup usage takes time to adjust and understand your own flow. However, If you are not comfortable with the thought of menstrual cups you may switch to cloth pads. There are good quality cloth pads available in the market, with some research you can make your own cloth pads too.
If you have a little baby at home or if you are expecting one do check my previous posts on Clothdiapers, they are not only friendly to environment as compared to their disposable counterparts, they are way more economic too.
The next post is going to be about parenting choices to help the environment.
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