There is a Native American Proverb that reads “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” In recent years it has been a vital and urgent topic worldwide; we have to change our ways in order to provide our future generations with a beautiful world to live in. This is how many people have begun making changes towards sustainable and green living, helping in any way they can.
Small Changes In Your Everyday Life
Here are 10 easy changes that you can make in your everyday life that will make a massive impact on the world:
- Waterwise garden
Planting drought-tolerant local vegetation goes a long way to saving water. Trees and succulents that require very little water are great for saving money and water. Find out what indigenous plants will be great for your garden here.
The importance of recycling cannot be stressed enough. Paper, tin, glass and plastic can be made into new and useful items. Recycle these things to prevent them from filling our landfills or ending up in our oceans.
- Grow your own food
Having your own veggie garden will make it easier and cheaper for you to harvest your own yummy foods! Not only do you have your food right where you can get to them, but you save on packaging and can keep your food organic and delicious. Consider getting the community involved by starting a community garden if you have space. Or plant a veggie garden on the sidewalk your house for everyone to enjoy as this man did!
- Install a low-flow shower head
It’s a bit of an investment, but well worth it. These shower heads add aeration to the water flow without compromising your water pressure, saving buckets of water and electricity for heating in the process.
Donate the items you do not use anymore instead of throwing them away. Keep goods that could be reused away from the landfill and help needy organisations instead. See this list of local charities.
- Unplug to save on “vampire” energy
Vampire power, or standby power, is wasted in many households without residents realising it. That small red light on the TV, or the microwave telling you what time it is, is costing you money and electricity. Switch off and unplug any appliance that you are not using and bring your electricity usage down.
- Rethink your washing
Washing your clothes on cold cycles can offer a huge saving on electricity as most of the electricity usage goes into heating the water. Further savings are to be had when you hang your washing to dry instead of using a tumble dryer.
- Have Meatless Monday
If your family is big on meat, you might be surprised at what a difference you can make by simple going vegetarian one day of the week. Not only is it good for your own health, but also for the health of the planet. See what makes Meatless Monday so great!
- Use natural cleaning at home
Cut out the harsh chemicals by using natural products for cleaning your home. Products like lemons, vinegar, salt and baking soda do the job just as well. Not only will your family breathe easier, but the planet will also love you too.
- Stop drinking water from plastic bottles
Plastic is one of the greatest sources of pollution on land and in our oceans. By using reusable containers to drink your water from, you can make a massive impact in the world. Make a point of recycling your plastic and try to make use of as little plastic packaging as possible.
Lighten your carbon footprint by making some small, yet significant, changes in your daily life. These are just 10 of the easiest ways to green living that you can use to personally make an impact. Leave a beautiful world for our future generations!