World Conservation Day is celebrated on July 28th, and it is a time to consider the ways that we can create a healthier environment for everyone.
While changing your habits and becoming more sustainable can seem overwhelming, there are some small steps you can take to become more environmentally friendly, and this time of year is your chance.
In honor of World Conservation Day, the following are some ways that you can conserve natural resources from the comfort of your home.
How To Conserve Water At Home
Save The Water claims that the average American uses 2,000 gallons of water daily, which is having a huge impact on the environment. The same study claims that the average family in Africa uses only 5 gallons of water per day, so it is time to make changes.
- Only do laundry when you have a full wash load
- Only run the dishwasher when there is a full load
- Collect water when showering in a bucket which can then be used to water flowers and plants outside
- Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth
- Harvest rainwater to be reused in the garden or elsewhere at home
- Create a lawn watering schedule based on a watering calculator to prevent overuse of water
- Replace appliances and showerheads with water-efficient options
How To Cut Packaging And Food Waste
From production and distribution, food relies on a lot of natural resources and can harm the environment before it even enters your grocery cart.
Taking care of the leftover packaging, food scraps, and cardboard boxes can prevent food waste from going into landfills where they can emit harmful chemicals and impact the environment, thus reducing the overall impact of the food industry on the environment.
- Plan your meals every week to prevent food waste
- Stick to a shopping list when getting groceries
- Start a compost pile for food scraps and peels
- Cut down on processed foods that stay in cupboards, using what you have
- Use reusable containers for packed lunches or take food on the go
- Skip the fast food and choose homemade meals instead
- Reuse water bottles and plastic bags as much as possible
- Reduce the need for single-use plastic straws, paper plates, and plastic cutlery
- Start a community garden for compost piles
How To Save Fuel
Emissions from traffic are one of the biggest pollutants on the planet, and this is something we are all aware of.
To reduce your impact on the environment, you can adjust your driving habits. Even the smallest changes can have a positive effect on the environment, and they could also help you save money too.
- When idling for longer than 15 minutes, turn off your engine
- Use ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft as much as possible
- Take public transportation like buses or trains whenever possible
- Carpool to work with colleagues
- If your budget allows, consider buying an electric vehicle for your new car
- Walk whenever possible
- Cycle to work or into town for errands instead of driving
- Unless your vehicle requires premium fuel, use regular fuel if available
- Avoid fast food lanes as these require a lot of idling
- Keep your tires fully inflated as this supports better fuel economy
- Only use the A/C in your car when necessary
How To Use Less Paper At Home
Paper is everywhere in the home, whether it is in the mailbox, cluttering the desk, or unopened mail on the dining room table. While a lot of paper can be recycled, the best way to protect the environment is to reduce all forms of waste, which means cutting out paper whenever possible.
The more paper that is demanded by everyday people, the more trees that are cut down to provide it. By decreasing the demand, we can keep more trees alive while also keeping waste from landfills.
- Switch to online bills and bank statements
- Opt-out of subscriptions, especially for catalogs and junk mail
- Think before you print anything at home or in the office, as it could be kept as a digital copy
- Recycle all paper products based on local guidelines to prevent contaminating trash
- Subscribe to digital publications and magazines instead
- Donate cardboard boxes after moving or online deliveries as they can be reused by others
How To Use Less Electricity At Home
Power plants release byproducts and other contaminants into the environment, which can be negative for nature as well as human life. While these are large corporations, we can make small changes to the use of electricity at home, which will positively impact the greater environment.
- Unplug all appliances, especially chargers, when not in use
- Instead of running the A/C, open the windows for natural cool air
- Close the shades during sunny hours to keep the home cool
- Turn off all lights when leaving home or when a room is not in use
- Install timers or motion detectors on outdoor lights
- Replace old lightbulbs with LEDs
Other Ways To Celebrate World Conservation Day
If you have already made a lot of changes to your home or are looking for something new to do, there are other great ways to celebrate World Conservation Day when it next arrives.
- Plant flowers for wildlife
- Buy locally-sourced meat
- Donate unused items to local stores or charities
- Buy secondhand items
- Use sustainably sourced products around the home
- Work with a local nonprofit that focuses on the environment
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