In the modern world, many people think that we need to take care of nature. Now in the world there are many initiatives to improve the environmental situation. The authors of such initiatives in social networks do not even buy Instagram followers to gain a large number of followers.
Today we will talk about how you can contribute to saving nature.
1. Save resources
Most of us do not notice how many resources are wasted every day. But saving electricity and water is a matter of a couple of minutes! Turn off lights and unplug electrical appliances. Even a smartphone charger left unattended consumes electricity unnoticed. When buying household appliances, choose energy-saving models with special markings.
Installing an apartment water meter will help save on utilities and at the same time help nature. Additionally, install economical shower heads with a flow rate of less than 10 liters per minute. Load the washing machine fully and set the washing temperature to low. This will help reduce electricity consumption by 80%.
2. Separate trash
People have learned to deal with garbage in three ways: leave it in landfills, burn it or recycle it. Unfortunately, in addition to recycling, such methods destroy nature and are hazardous to health.
Separate waste collection helps to recycle what is no longer needed into new things and useful materials. For example, new notebooks and paper for the office are made from waste paper, old plastic bottles will turn into multi-colored children’s slides.
Garbage sorting tips:
a. Start small by choosing one or two types of recyclable waste
Choose what is easier for you to sort or take for recycling or disposal: for example, starting with glass, paper, AA batteries or plastic caps (how to understand the label). This will make it easier to remember what should not fall into the common tank.
b. Consider storage space
Another plus of separate garbage is that it will have to be taken out less and less often. True, part of it will remain at home for a while. Decide ahead of time where to place the container, boxes, or baskets for this waste, and how to compactly fold, bandage, or flatten the waste.
If the habit of sorting garbage is still hard for you, use two containers for the first time — for recyclable garbage (it will be easier to separate later) and the one that you usually use.
c. Create a tradition
Involve your family in the initiative, arrange a competition or arrange an eco-day once a month with garbage sorting and preparation for recycling. Such a tradition will not only take you one step closer to an eco-friendly lifestyle, but will also be a pleasant occasion to please yourself and your loved ones.
3. Donate items for recycling
Separate waste collection leads to the next point in terms of saving nature — recycling. Ecologists around the world are worried now: if recycling is not introduced, then in 10 years the landfill area will become huge.
Identify recyclable waste and find out where it is accepted, for example, using the Greenpeace interactive map, and allocate a separate container in the house so as not to get confused.
4. Choose eco-friendly transport
The most beneficial modes of transportation for people and nature are walking and cycling. There will be less harm to the environment when choosing public transport instead of a car.
But, if you still cannot do without a car, use the advice of environmentalists to help reduce fuel consumption and reduce the impact on the environment.
First, take care of your car, not only when something is broken: get your vehicle checked on time, change air filters, engine oil, and spark plugs. Secondly, try to keep a constant speed and do not exceed the allowed limit. Driving at 50 km/h instead of 70 km/h will save 20% of fuel.
If you stop for more than a minute, turn off the engine. Maintain proper tire pressure: Under-inflated tires produce more drag and, as a result, increase fuel consumption.
5. Reuse and don’t waste
Reducing waste is just as important as recycling it properly. Today, almost to everything disposable, there is a reusable alternative. Buy less of what will fly into the bin almost immediately: replace disposable cups with a thermos, products in additional packaging with those that are by weight (use your own containers and shoppers). Try not to throw away quality packaging and find new uses for it. This will help get rid of the need to buy something and throw something away.