Collectively our lifestyles have a big impact on the environment in which we live. Making small changes to what we eat, what we buy and how we get around can make a big difference to our carbon footprint and environmental impact. Today we're going to look at some of the ways you can make your lifestyle greener.
Recycling: In many developed countries facilities to recycle glass, cardboard and plastic are widely available. Many homes now have a box in which they can place their recycling apart from their usual household waste and have it collected with the other refuse. It's easier then ever now to recycle your waste. The US currently recycles around 28% of its waste. Austria is out in front with 60% of their waste being recycled. It's clear there are improvements which can be made here if all of us take a little extra time and do our bit.
Transport: We're all guilty of using the car in situtations where we could have walked or taken a bike. Vehicles are one of the largest emitters of C02 and we should try to limit our use of them wherever possible! Not only does it save you money in petrol/gas it keeps you fit and active too!
Efficient Appliances: When buying new appliances for the household such as a fridge, cooker, microwave or T.V be sure to check out it's energy efficiency rating. The more efficient the appliance is rated the more money it's going to save you and the greener it's going to be in the long run. A more efficient appliance may end up costing a little more to buy initially however the savings you make on your energy bills should more than make up for that over the life of the product.
Diet: A diet rich in Meat and Dairy produce has a big impact on the environment. Like for like, producing meat and dairy for human consumption releases far more greenhouse gases than producing the equivalent nutrition through plants. For many this can also yield positive health benefits with most vegan and vegetarian diets being much lower in saturated fats.