We have all heard about the climate change and its horrible consequences. We normally feel useless and powerless to fight against it, but the truth is that every single one of us has a massive power and can really make a difference. By making some easy changes in our daily life we can certainly help to save the environment.
#1 Use your car less. Walk, use your bike or public transport and if you really need to use your car, make an agreement with more people to share it. Websites like Blablacar are really useful for this.
#2 Minimize flying. When you can, use trains or buses instead of planes and when you really need to flight because of long distances try to look for direct flights.
#3 Watch the water. Simple gestures can save a lot of water and money: close the tap when you’re not using the water (while brushing your teeth, lathering your hair, etc), fix that leaky toilet, shorten your shower time, use dishwasher and washing machine when full, etc.
#4 Be food-conscious. Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables, try to buy and consume locally produced food (food from far-off locations produce pollutants from transportation impacts), reduce the amount of meat and dairy you eat (it contributes to the greenhouse effect). Also, don’t waste food. Plan your meals so that you don’t cook more than you will eat. Store your leftovers and use them up at your next meal. When eating in a restaurant, take your leftovers home so that they don’t throw them away and when eating in a buffet, use a small dish and refill it as you are still hungry. Don’t put too much on your plate that you’re not going to eat.
#5 Avoid unnecessary packages. Choose to buy in bulk, make your own products at home or when there’s no choice but buying something in package, choose the one with least packaging and avoid buying food that is individually wrapped.
#6 Recycle. You can help reduce pollution just by putting that soda can in a different bin. It really makes a difference.
#7 Compost. Reducing the amount of solid waste you produce means sending less trash and taking up less space in landfills, and it makes a great natural fertilizer.
#8 Make a wise use of energy. Switch off and unplug those devices that use electricity when not in use. Avoid leaving items plugged in, such as phone chargers or microwave (they can use “phantom” electricity), turn off lights when you’re not in the room and use rechargeable batteries.
#9 Go zero waste. Or reduce the amount of trash you produce. You can achieve this by avoiding disposable items like plastic cutlery, coffee stirrers, straws or fancy decoration in your drink. Instead, use a reusable cup or mug for your everyday coffee and a reusable water bottle that you can refill all over again. Bring your own fabric bags when shopping, use a menstrual cup if you are a woman, stop using paper napkins and use cloth napkins instead, etc. You can look for more information and tips about zero waste HERE and HERE.
#10 Be a mindful consumer. Buy less and second hand or used products. Always ask yourself how your purchases are impacting other people and the environment before purchasing anything. Buy items that will last a lifetime and for those things that you need for brief or occasional use, borrow or rent them. Donate or give to friends or family those items you don’t want or use anymore.
#11 Join an environmental organization. Volunteer your time for a good cause. Pick up litter (Želena Ćistka ), educate others, plant trees, etc. There are many ways you can create and promote a better environment by volunteering, just look for the one that suits you best.
#12 Share and spread your knowledge! Tell your friends, acquaintances and family members about what you know and you will slightly start to influence the way they behave.
As you could see, one person can really make a difference! We encourage you to be that person because big changes start on one-self.