The lost art of caring: 5 environment friendly habits to revive in 2017

Writing a letter or receiving one is ecstatic to all the literature lovers in this age of Digital Technology in the same way as caring and preserving for nature is a nature lover. Some might say the art of writing a letter is a lost art (which I agree to) however so is caring for things, I would argue. In lieu with the theme- connecting people to nature, I plan to share 5 things you can incorporate into your lifestyle to be a little more conscientious and caring for the environment.

 

Walk or cycle the short distance

The benefits of this are twofold. One, you consume less fuel and reduce the emission of harmful chemicals causing air pollution. Second, you remain fit by walking or cycling the shorter distance. So, take that rusty old bicycle for a spin next time you go out!

 

Inculcate the habit of recycling and re-using

With the growth in demand for throw and use products in the market the amount of plastic consumption on a daily basis is on the rise. This further adds to the problem of waste disposal as plastic is non-biodegradable and burning of plastic leads to release of harmful gases into the atmosphere. An alternative could be to use more environment-friendly and recyclable products. For eg. ask for a paper bag while grocery shopping, use earthen cups instead of plastic cups to serve beverages. Small and easy practices like these can help make us more conscientious of adopting environment-friendly choices.

 

Compost your food waste

It’s always a good idea to separate your house waste into two parts- biodegradable and non-biodegradable. Compost is the most sustainable option for managing organic waste. It not only reduces the frequency of garbage dump but also improves the sanitation in the surrounding region. Food waste in dump trucks often attracts insects and rodents; it also generates a bad odor. Thus, compost can be a better alternative to help get rid of kitchen waste.

 

Make smart housing choices

Opting for LEDs rather than incandescent light bulbs saves 25-80% of energy and lasts 2-3 times more and helps you save money on electricity bills as well. It is also more efficient as it produces less heat in comparison to the ordinary bulb; so a much higher percentage of electricity used goes towards making light. Whereas in the case of incandescent light bulbs a good amount of electricity ends up being converted to heat.

Prefer public transport

Besides from being cost effective, commuting via public transport can help reduce road congestion as well as effectively use fuel. Large public vehicles use fuel more efficiently than, say, a single occupant vehicle. This would also lead to faster travel time and reduce the amount of combined hazardous emissions from all vehicles on the road.

These habits not only inculcate better and sustainable living habits but also help in making an impact towards creating a habitable living environment for generations to come. The change in habit need not be drastic but in reality, it is the small changes that create a bigger impact. This World Environment Day the team at Think201 pledges to make these small changes in their daily lives and urges you to do the same. “Be the change you want to see” –Gandhi.

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