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Becoming environmentally friendly can help create awareness of how your everyday choices can potentially affect and harm the environment. To help with this, we have compiled a list of easy ways on how to be more environmentally friendly.
1. Reusable items
One of the first and simplest ways to become more environmentally conscious is to consider reusable options. You can do this by using reusable bags for shopping instead of plastic bags or drinking from a reusable water bottle instead of a plastic water bottle. Plastic water bottles take a long time to decompose and are packed with fossil fuels. Not only are you doing your part for the environment, but you are also carrying your purchases in a sturdier bag and not supporting the harmful effect plastic water bottles have on our planet.
2. Start composting
Composting can help prevent food waste. Instead of throwing out food in the trash, you can use leftover food scraps to help nourish your garden and help to reduce landfill waste. To compost, put a container in your kitchen or create your own DIY compost container with the family.
3. Plant trees
This is a terrific way to bond with the family and become more environmentally friendly. Planting trees in your yard can have a long-lasting and optimistic effect on the environment as well as provide oxygen, shade and reduce soil erosion. Though, before planting choose a spot where you want your tree to grow and not too close to your home or any wires.
4. Local produce
Shopping locally for produce can not only taste better, but it can reduce packaging waste and the amount of fossil fuel energy it takes to transport store foods. Buying local produce can also help support local farmers and the farming community.
5. Go paperless
Jumping on the digital bandwagon can potentially save millions of trees each year. With the availability of digital resources, you can receive and pay bills online, view and manage medical records online and use your smartphone or computer calendar to stay organized. Using less paper means less energy consumption, which will help create a more sustainable environment for future generations.
6. Transportation options
Depending on where you live, you may have to rely on your car to take you places. Though, to become more environmentally friendly consider buying a more economical vehicle or try carpooling with co-workers once or twice a week, even take public transportation if you can. If the weather is warm enough, you can even opt to ride a bike or walk instead. Less cars on the road can help reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
7. Energy efficiency
To become more environmentally friendly at home, you can purchase energy efficiency products such as LED light bulbs, low-flow shower heads and a programmable thermostat. This can not only save you money, but it can help limit your family’s GHG emissions.
8. Donate or volunteer
Support an environmental charity by making a donation to help have a greener society and fight the effects of climate change. You can also contact charities and ask to be a volunteer. By volunteering your time, you can do your part to help the environment and boost your spirit.
Recycling is an easy way to help the environment. Most household waste items such as junk mail, batteries and old electronics can be recycled. Teach your children the importance of recycling and show them where recycling bins are located in the house. After all, children are the future and it can be a good idea to show them how important it is to take care of the planet we live on.
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These tips are provided for information and prevention purposes only. They are general in nature, and Desjardins Insurance cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, tailored advice.
In Quebec, Desjardins Insurance refers to Desjardins General Insurance Inc. In Ontario and Alberta, Desjardins Insurance refers to Certas Direct Insurance Company, underwriter of automobile and property insurance.