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We should live an eco-friendly lifestyle to reduce our carbon footprint. Though howsoever we may intend and want to positively contribute towards taking care of our environment, our lack of awareness limits us. Not anymore because here are some tips about various eco-friendly lifestyle options that you can use to live an environmentally responsible lifestyle. ~ Ed.
The modern age comes with many modern problems. Among these problems is the concern for living a lifestyle that is conscious of waste and overuse.
Sometimes, it can feel hard to manage how much we spend, how much we eat, how much we use, throw away, or how much our carbon footprint has on the planet.
Certainly, there are things that are hard to control. Your car is going to emit pollution (yes, even electric cars), and some of your food packaging are going to end up in a landfill. But there are small ways we can help reduce that carbon footprint and live a more eco-friendly, environmentally aware lifestyle. These are some of those ways.
Things You Can Do to Live a More Eco-Friendly Lifestyle
How eco-friendly we can become depends upon how aware we are about the various eco-friendly options. Here some of them that range from the use of bags, clothes, cars, and more.
Reusable Grocery Bags
The amount of grocery bags that end up in garbage, landfills, and worse, in animals, is terribly high.
Luckily for us, more grocery chains and supermarkets are offering reusable cloth bags or fabric bags to let you bring your groceries to and from home in a responsible and eco-friendly way. These bags are useful for nearly any shopping and are often rather stylish as well.
Reduce Car Use
Cars are convenient so it is hard to say goodbye to them. You need it for a lot of commuting or functional purposes, so it would be unrealistic to remove your car or vehicle from your life.
However, you can consider ways in which your car use can be restricted for environmentally conscious options. Take the bike to work or for going out somewhere in town.
Especially on a weekend day when you have time to dilly dally, taking a bike or walking can give you some much needed time spent taking in your surroundings, and reducing vehicle emissions.
Buying local products reduces the amount of waste from packaging and shipping that are required to get a product from a warehouse or mass-produced brand to your door. Shopping locally is good for all kinds of lifestyles, especially dog owners, because of dogs going through so many toys.
If you are struggling to figure out how to commit to an eco-friendly lifestyle as a dog owner, click here and see ways in which environmentally conscious is about more than ourselves. Even pet owners should have a commitment to reducing their waste and making sure that their impact on the environment can be reduced.
Buy Thrifted Clothing
Reused, recycled, thrifted, vintage; whatever you call it, it is a good way to live a simple, eco-friendly lifestyle. There are millions of tons of wasted clothing that get thrown into landfills yearly.
By purchasing second-hand clothing, you prevent much of this from ending up strewn across garbage sites, just waiting for it to decompose in a couple of hundred years. Similarly, if you donate your old clothing, you can help prevent some of your old clothing from suffering the same fate by donating it to thrift stores.
The amount of quality clothing you can find at a thrift store would surprise you, and the savings you will have by avoiding buying expensive, new clothing can be used for other lifestyle choices.
Gardening and composting are good ways to reduce your carbon footprint through food shopping. Using a reusable shopping bag is a good start, but growing your own vegetables is a great way to reduce store to table pollution and reduce the amount of packaging thrown away from food.
Not only is this a good way to reduce pollution, but it is also a cost-saving method that happens to be very eco-friendly. Growing your own food is sustainable, and a good hobby for mental health as well. You can even start selling or giving friends and family fresh vegetables and teach them about the effectiveness and need for environmentally sustainable practices. Simple, fun, and delicious!
In our modern lives, we are surrounded by so many instances of waste and environmental irresponsibility. This can all seem concerning for trying to reduce our own carbon footprint and help manage how much we are affecting the environment, but it does not stop us from living a life that is enjoyable as well as responsible.
Eco-friendly lifestyle options are more present in our world now than ever before. From small steps like reusable grocery bags to larger, but simple changes like reducing car use or gardening, we can make a significant impact on our own environment and set good examples of how to live a life that does need to include enormous amounts of waste and negligence for the environment.
Over to you
Do you live an eco-friendly lifestyle? Share your tips and experiences in the comments to motivate others to adopt a lifestyle that is more eco-friendly.