People nowadays are becoming minimalists–in almost everything–from how they look, to how they live. Minimalism is good, because it actually means less is good, and having less means having less stuff to clean up or less stress. You can still be minimal when you want to start a family, but being minimal is just good, but being minimally eco-friendly–now that’s on another level.
It is such a huge blessing inhabiting in this blue planet and having Mother Nature to take care of us, but it seems that we haven’t been taking good care of her, that is why going green means so much these days because it does not only mean being clean everywhere you go, but also cutting down on toxic habits we do that’s slowly killing our dear Mother Nature.
In this list below, we shall know those toxic habits that we’ve been practicing daily, and how to eradicate those and prevent them from ever becoming a habit again.
- Lights ON
There are times that when we’re using a certain place in our house at night, and then something is calling our attention across the room and then we tend to it and leave the room leaving the lights on–stop making this a habit. Why? Not only because it’ll be a huge problem into your monthly electrical bills, it will also waste a finite source of energy that cannot be replaced. There are different types of lights that you need to keep in mind.
Incandescent lights should be turned off most of the time because it mostly emanate heat than it can illuminate. Turning this kind of light will make the room more cooler–most especially in the summer.
LED (light emitting diode) lights does not give much off of a difference when turned off or on because it does not emit any toxin when at full capacity, it also turns on without delay and most commonly used in gadgets or any kind of machineries that needs an indicator, it even is used in modern televisions nowadays along with AMOLEDs and OLEDs.
CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) are lights that are much more efficient than the incandescent lights because it uses about 75% less energy compared to them.
Whether or not your lights are efficient or what-not, it is better to turn them off when not needed because an energy wasted is still wasted no matter how you go around the statement.
If you’re a forgetful fellow, then it is much better to put post-its beside the switch to remind you before you leave the room.
- Wasting on water
This is one crime that we are guilty of but, still, we do it all the time. Wasting too much water on things that we normally do, unknowingly we waste because we think that Mother Nature has a reserve for us somewhere–NO! Mother Nature is running out of fresh water for us to use, and it is sad enough that we are using too much of it. We–the human race–used too much of it and yet we pollute everywhere, causing this nightmarish phenomenon called Global Warming.
Good thing that Mother Nature still find ways on how to care for us even though we don’t deserve it on how we are treating her, and that is through providing us on what we need–fresh water–but how? Through rain, rainwater is one of the freshest and purest kinds of water out there, and the best way to store it is through rainwater harvesting with the help of a rainwater. Why exactly does your home need a rainwater storage tank? Because it can not only help you in storing fresh rain from the sky, it can also be a huge advantage on trimming down your monthly water bills.
Being efficient never saved this much on costly monthly bills before but with the help of innovative ideas such as this, it is now possible more than ever.
- Using Plastic Packaging, Bags, and anything plastic.
Plastic is commonly used as packaging materials for your stuff to mail, or even used as bags for your groceries and stuff you bought when you were shopping your heart out last weekend sale, but not knowing that we are over polluting the oceans with our plastic bags, wrappers, spoon and forks or sporks, or anything made out of plastic. This harmless looking thing may not be harmful to you in any way but it is in the environment, hundreds and thousands of sea creatures are suffering due to the garbage we dispose into the ocean.
Plastics are non-biodegradable materials, meaning, they range between “very hard” to “does not” decompose or benefit the planet we live in.
Instead of using plastic materials, use eco bags out there in shopping, or buying groceries, people are also inventing and using edible utensils–may it be plates, spoons, forks, or sporks–metal straws are also sold throughout the net to prevent using of plastic straws out there. Even fast food chains and restaurants are implementing the “No Straw Policy” to help save the environment.
These are just some of the many harmful habits we practice throughout our lives, we may not know it before but we are aware of it now, not just by reading this article but also observing the place we live in. It’s better to have less, but it is better to have less while giving back more to our dear Mother Nature.