How to be eco every day?
Green living – that sounds big. But how do you go about living in harmony with nature? It appears that you don’t have to turn everything upside down and introduce drastic new measures – the principle of small step is the best way. Start by changing your own habits – replacing them with those that will serve the environment. We have tips on how to be more eco-friendly every day!
“Be the change you want to see in the world” – said Mahatma Gandhi. If you want global nature conservation, try to live more ecologically yourself and start today. Change your habits, make them good. These are the ways we propose:
1. Segregate waste
Waste segregation is essential, so start practising it in your home. If you have enough room, try to select your garbage right away, separating it into bins for mixed waste, paper, plastic, and glass. If you have a shortage of space, place at least 2 bins under the kitchen sink: one for wet waste and one for dry waste such as plastic, paper, and glass – then you’ll put your garbage into relevant containers. Educate yourself and your household members about what kind of waste to put in which bin. If you have a garden, think about making a composter, which is a good idea for organic waste disposal. You can use the paper bags for BIO waste from the new Paclan For Nature range – they are made from 100% natural recycled pulp and are also compostable. Here, you’ll read about why recycling is important for the environment.
2. Save energy
This can be done in many ways – from turning off the light in rooms where nobody is staying, to replacing regular bulbs with energy-saving ones, to refraining from leaving electronic devices in the standby mode. You’ll minimise power consumption (i.e. using coal as fuel, as far as the Polish realities go) also by
- refraining from leaving chargers in power sockets,
- mowing your lawn less frequently,
- less frequently using the lift in favour of more frequent staircase walking,
- boiling only as much water as you need,
- buying energy-efficient household appliances – washing machines, refrigerators, and electric cookers.
3. Save water
It’s a really scarce resource and it’s worth using it wisely. These are our ways to reduce water consumption:
- cut down on taking baths in the tub,
- turn off the water while brushing your teeth and shaving,
- use floor wiping water (without detergents) to water the plants on your balcony or in the garden,
- use the smaller flush to flush the toilet,
- don’t wash plates and cups in running water,
- drink tap water – just filter it if you aren’t sure about its quality,
- on your way out, take some water/tea/coffee in your own bottle.
4. Buy consciously and don’t waste your food
Consumptionism has led to us often buying things on impulse and accumulating more than we need. Here, the “less waste” philosophy becomes helpful, teaching us how to reduce the amount of waste produced to a minimum through the right purchasing decisions and the use of leftovers. If you want to have a greener life:
- buy things thoughtfully and only as much as you really need (this applies especially to food),
- choose local products and seasonal fruit and vegetables,
- don’t use thin disposable bags when buying fruit and vegetables,
- go shopping with your own bag, and have take-away food put in your own container,
- choose products made from recycled raw materials – e.g. household products Paclan’s For Nature range,
- use second-hand products – e.g. clothes from used garments store.
5. Cut down on driving
Before you get into your car to go to work or to visit your friends, consider if you couldn’t just walk, use public transport, or go by bike or train. And if you’re already in your car, why don’t you take someone with you?
And remember, big things start with small things. Also, an eco-conscious life!