The environment is essential for life, our habitat and a necessary condition for living and surviving living beings, including flora, fauna and human beings. Caring for the environment, preserving the balance of ecosystems and not wasting basic resources is everyone’s task that we can easily do by contributing our grain of sand on a daily basis.
It is not only about reducing the carbon footprint or making responsible use of basic resources, such as water or food , but also about practicing an eco-friendly lifestyle in general. How to do it? It is very simple, there are ten aspects that we must take care of to make a small-big difference easily, without the need to make radical changes.
- An eco food
- Responsible use of scarce resources
- Save energy at home and office
- Take care of the environment
- Reduce, reuse and recycle
- Sustainable transport
An eco food
Eating following principles ecological basis is easier than it may seem. Although the organic diet is highly recommended, it is not always easy for the diet to be fully so. But there is no need to worry. If the budget does not reach us that much, doing it partially also adds green points.
Our health and that of the planet will thank us if, for example, we consume organic legumes (buying them dry and in large formats lowers the price) or those vegetables that are normally more loaded with pesticides, such as potatoes, onions, garlic, celery, strawberries, apples or peaches. In your case, introducing ourselves into local consumer groups may be more economical.
We prioritize local consumption and fresh products , as they also have a lower carbon footprint by saving transport and energy from refrigeration and frozen products. If, in addition, we grow them in a small urban garden, garden or on the balcony of the house, then better than better or, why not, we bet on organic cosmetics, many formulations are easy to make at home. Every gesture is important, no matter how small.
Responsible use of scarce resources
Not wasting food is important because it shows in your pocket and in our CO2 balance, in addition to being a gesture in favor of food security, and the same can be said about water, an equally scarce resource in many parts of the world. Each drop is a treasure that we must take care of as such.
Raising awareness about it is already a big step. Logically, this awareness translates into less expense when using it at the domestic level (in the shower, washing machine, watering, etc.) and in serving as an example for the smallest of the house. Let’s think that if the use of water were more responsible, enough water would be saved to supply many families who do not have access to it. In practice, it is as important to control that there are no leaks in taps, hoses, etc., as preferring the shower to the bathroom or drip irrigation or, for example, the collection of rainwater, rather than conventional irrigation.
Save energy at home and office
Countries tend to be deficient in energy , and this implies a great effort at an economic level. In fact, energy dependence is one of the main problems of many economies, including the Spanish one. At a domestic level, the problem is also economic, but also one of unnecessary use, so avoiding waste should be our goal.
Turning off lights that stay on or installing low-consumption bulbs are helpful examples, but there are many other ways to reduce consumption and, with it, the electricity bill, including not overusing the air conditioning or heating, controlling the vampire consumption by unplugging unused appliances or buying high-efficiency models when it’s time to renew them. Let’s try to do the same in the workplace as well.
Take care of the environment
Contact with Nature is necessary for the human being, both at the mental level and for bodily health. In the same way that natural environments take care of us, we also have to take care of them. It is not about reforesting burned areas, although it would be great to do so.
It will be enough that we do not commit recklessness in places where, whether or not it is prohibited, a fire may start or, for example, that we respect flora and fauna, enjoying natural environments without altering ecosystems . Likewise, we can help the planet by practicing sustainable tourism .
Reduce, reuse and recycle
The principle of the three r’s may well be considered the first commandment of ecology . Both in our role as buyers and consumers, reducing, reusing and recycling is the key to eco-friendly behavior. Its application is infinite, and his thing is to keep the rule of the three Rs in mind and apply it on a daily basis when the occasion arises.
When shopping, avoiding consumerism can mean reducing, reusing and recycling at the same time and, for example, when going to throw out the garbage it is important to consider whether it is really a good idea to throw away that object or waste. In addition, we have separated the waste, as well as taking advantage of in a practical way those that could have a second use, such as coffee grounds, vegetable skins, old toys or, without going any further, the food that is left over and ends up in The trash.
It is true, the bicycle is par excellence the most sustainable means of transport . It brings us back and forth with a stroke of pedaling, and we even have the option of the electric bike for longer journeys. But there is something better than using the bike or, at least, the same or more sustainable. We are referring, logically, to the San Fernando car, the one that also brings us and takes us, a little while on foot and another on foot …
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