“Easy Ways to Help Protect the Environment!”


You don’t have to be an eco-warrior living in a cave away from civilization and eating nothing but beans to make a difference to the environment. In fact, there are literally hundreds of small things we can all do to help protect the earth and make the future a brighter one for or children.

 

Here are some really easy ways you and your family can start making a difference right now:

 

  • Replace Wrapping Paper with Fabric

 

Instead of using disposable wrapping paper to make your gifts look pretty, try wrapping them in reusable fabrics and bows instead. Not only will it help to preserve natural resources and keep stuff out of landfill, but it will make your gifts look more beautiful and unique than ever before.

 

  • Use Biodegradable Dog Bags

If you have a pet pooch, and you want to be a responsible dog owner, but you also want to reduce the amount of plastic you use and throw away, switching to biodegradable dog bags is the way to go. These bags will naturally break down in a fraction of the time it’ll take for a normal plastic bag to do so, which means that it’ll do less damage to the environment and it won’t poison wildlife.

 

  • Switch to Reusable Diapers

 

I know a lot of you out there reading this will have just recoiled in horror at the very thought of reusable diapers, but they really aren’t as awful as you might think. Yes, you can’t just dump them in the trash, but they’re actually cheaper in average than disposables, which means no funky smells until trash day, they tend to be more comfortable for baby, and once you get the hang of washing them, it really doesn’t take much effort. Most important of all, by switching their diapers to cloth versions, you will be helping to make the planet a better place for your little bundle of joy.

 

  • Unplug Things

 

Instead of simply switching your TVs, games consoles and kitchen appliances to standby when you aren’t using them, unplug them and not only will you save energy and cut your emissions, but you could potentially save hundreds of dollars on your utility bills each year.

 

  • Drive Slower

 

So, you like driving fast, I get that, but decreasing your speed from 70 mph to 50 can cut up to 25 percent of your fuel consumption, which will be of immense benefit to you, your bottom line and the planet as a whole.

 

  • Reuse Your Bath Water

 

No, I’m not saying that you, your spouse the kids and the dog all have to wash in the same bath water – those days are over – but what I am saying is that you should try to reuse your bath water for things like watering your plants, where possible. Water is our most precious commodity and the more we can do to preserve it the better.

 

  • Switch to Showers

 

Even better than reusing your bath water would be switching to showers only. You use much less water showering, providing that you don’t spend an hour in there, and many people think it’s a lot more hygienic too!

 

  • Buy Energy Efficient Appliances

 

You shouldn’t start throwing out perfectly good appliances to switch them for more efficient ones, but whenever one of your appliances or bulbs break down, you should try to choose a replacement that is energy star rated.

 

  • Buy Used

 

There’s no denying that we live in a consumer society where we treat goods like they don’t mean anything. Most of us think nothing about throwing away perfectly good stuff only to replace it with a newer shinier alternative. This is causing us to deplete raw materials and pollute the earth much more than ever before. To fight back against this without having to go without anything, one of the best things any of us can do is to, first fight the impulse to throw out perfectly good items and secondly, to buy used goods where possible. You can buy almost anything you need second-hand in good condition from places like Goodwill, Craigslist, and eBay and you’ll never have to pay full price again. It really is a win-win situation.

 

  • Recycle Everything

 

If you’re serious about protecting the environment for future generations, then there’s no two ways about it – you simply must recycle, and you should recycle not only the easiest items but anything that can be recycled, including old electronics. Sure, it takes a little more effort than throwing everything in the trash, but can you really put convenience before the planet and your children?

What do you do to help protect our environment?  Do you have any tips that would be useful to protect the environment?  Leave your ideas in the comment section!

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9 thoughts on ““Easy Ways to Help Protect the Environment!””

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  2. Great tips and if everyone managed just one of these they would quickly see how easy it is to take meaningful green choices. Many thanks for adding this post to the #GoingGreen Linky.

    Apologies for the messed up badge – Photobucket, who hosted the image I used on it, are now demanding $400 to host images for badges etc which is completely ridiculous for this one image. So I have switched the badge to another host and uploaded a new badge here if you want to change it on your blog – https://eco-gites.blogspot.fr/2017/07/going-green-8-july-2017.html

    1. Hi Rosie,
      Glad you like my tips. Glad to be part of #GoingGreen linky and thanks so much for hosting it. Have a healthy, happy & blessed day.

  3. These are some great tips that anyone can make. I like the idea of using fabric instead of wrapping paper. Thanks for sharing on the #WasteLessWednesday blog hop.

    1. HI Katy,
      Glad you like my tips and found them useful. Always glad to be part of #WasteLessWednesday blog hop. Thanks for stopping by and have a healthy, happy & blessed day!

  4. The trouble with biodegradable plastic bags is that they won’t actually biodegrade if discarded in a landfill–nothing biodegrades in landfill. They don’t make much difference unless you are composting your pet waste, which is risky when your pet is a carnivore like a dog because their intestinal bacteria can be dangerous. If dog waste is going into the garbage can, a better way to reduce waste is to reuse plastic bags that have already been used for something else. I know dog owners who save all the bags from frozen foods, etc., for this purpose as they are reducing their total use of plastic bags by taking reusable shopping bags to the store.

    To conserve bath/shower water, place your plant watering can under the faucet before you turn it on and wait for the water to warm up. It will catch the cold water that comes out first. Then you can water the plants after you’re dressed.

    I now get most of the water for my garden from a rain barrel. It collects all the water that runs off my roof, and that’s a surprisingly large amount!

    1. HI Becca,
      Thanks for all the great information and advise. We also have a rainbarrel hooked up to our spouting to water plants. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a healthy, happy & blessed day!

  5. Great post Marla that I’m pinning and sharing. Visiting you from the HHGN Blog Hop. One of the most easy to do environmental action things I do is to carry my own glass refillable water bottle wherever I go. Have a beautiful weekend.

    1. Hi Nancy,
      I also always carry a reusable bottle but I prefer the stainless steel one just because of breaking a glass one. Thanks for stopping by, commenting and sharing my post. Have a healthy, happy & blessed week.

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