What do you think is that one thing which is common for all of us? Undoubtedly, it is Mother Earth, and we all are aware of the current status of our only home. And to protect our lives, we need to protect our home’s first. But, unfortunately, our planet cannot handle the repercussions of our actions, which has already resulted in climate change, increased carbon footprint, water crises, food crises, and what not!
We can always defend our limitless intentions to continue exploiting resources for the reasons like increasing population, excessive demand for products, etc… Still, there is one inevitable reason we must stop harming nature, and that is- to be able to save our only Earth. Isn’t the reason serious enough for us to change our lifestyle choices? It is incredibly crucial for us to acknowledge the causes and find eco-friendly alternatives for a better world. Time is now & choice is ours.
I know it is not reasonable to throw away every non-environmental product or change habits overnight suddenly, but let us take one step at a time. Let us begin with small changes, and honestly, I am one like you and hoping to start this journey together of living an eco-friendly life.
It is never too late to start and do something good for the existing beings and future generations.
After thorough research, I have shortlisted 11 eco-friendly alternatives out of many, keeping in mind, we all are beginners and would start with small and easy swaps to save the world-
Reusable Shopping Bags vs Plastic Bags
We often get bags when we shop; it’s best to reuse the bags instead of buying new ones. Try using organic handmade bags, like jute, canvas, paper, khadi, or any eco-friendly poly bags, which is way better than using the most dangerous plastic bags.
Plastic does not only harm the environment but also releases various chemicals damaging every life on the planet.
Energy Efficient Lights vs ICB’s
Make it a habit of always switching off the lights when not in use (do not keep switching off and on if you are to get back in few minutes). It will not only help you reduce consumption but also cut down on your electricity bill.
Bachat Lamp Yojana (BLY) & Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for ALL (UJALA) are two such programmes launched by the Indian government to promote (environmentally friendly) energy-efficient lighting. Also, encouraging people to use LED or Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) instead of ICB’S (incandescent bulbs) consumes four times more than a CFL and seven times more than a LED.
Save Water vs Let It Run
There are endless ways to save water, but let’s focus on the three top ways we indulge in almost every day. First, many of us unknowingly leave the tap open while we brush or wash the dishes and sometimes take a shower.
Nobody will tell you every time to close the tap or stop wasting water, so it’s essential to ingrain the thought of saving water. Practise to say this to yourself whenever you plan to use water, “I WILL NOT WASTE THE WATER.”
Repeat, I WILL NOT WASTE THE WATER.
Fresh Food vs Packaged Food
Fresh food is not only healthy for your body but also helps us contributes to a cleaner environment. We all can grow various veggies at home and avoid ordering them from far off places which involves transportation, ultimately leading to air and water pollution.
Organic food is free of additives and preservatives, unlike most processed food.
Donate Your Food Leftover’s vs Wasting Food
Do you know that many die every day due to hunger, and 14.5% of our population is undernourished? It is unfair not just to humankind but also to the planet. Adding food wastage to landfills only increases greenhouse gases’ harmful impact, leading to an increased carbon footprint. Donate your food leftovers to your local food banks to help people live a healthy life.
We must produce or buy food as per our needs. It is sad to imagine the number of resources used to make food, ultimately going to the bins. Think before your throw. Let us not waste food.
Buy local vs Buy Global
With the ongoing pandemic, it’s very imminent that local purchases will be the safest option. It will help support the national economy but also helps us avoid unnecessary travelling to far off places.
Let us all help our neighbours first and support eco-friendly materials.
Handcrafted vs Machine-Made
More manual work means fewer machines, which leads to less consumption of electricity and other various resources. On the other hand, handmade lead to less wastage and help add employment opportunities for people. Moreover, it supports the national handicrafts industry and helps prosper local artisans.
There is nothing more precious than handmade, which is real and has a personal touch.
Decluttered Life vs Stuffed Life
If we are to check the unnecessary things we possess, we might get amazed for a minute. Right from unwanted clothes to extra stationery, from food leftovers to unlimited pairs of shoes, we have things way too much than we require.
Less stuff = Less waste = Conscious Living
Planned Shopping vs Impromptu Shopping
I know it’s hard to resist when you step into a departmental store full of fancy packaged products and stuff. However, the best we can do is never shop without planning because it often increases shopping bags from one to four. Also, it’s important to support eco-packaging than just picking anything just because it looks appealing. It’s time we pick right.
I prefer to pen down a list of things that I wish to buy before I plan to shop. It saves time, money and avoids wastage.
Eco-Friendly Cutlery vs Plastics
Products like bamboo straws, stainless steel, ceramic cutlery, organic wood utensils, etc., are few great eco-friendly swaps to start with. Plastic disposables are dangerous to the environment as it consumes valuable resources, increases pollution, and ultimately adds to the wastage.
The idea is to purchase now, keeping in mind the impact the products have on the environment.
Shop Online vs Shop Offline
Besides making life a lot easier, it will help save the environment to a great extent. Imagine the vehicle you otherwise would take out to reach to the store, thrice taking out bike just because you forgot a few items from the list, travelling to the other corner for apparel shopping etc., becomes the reason to defend your choices leading to increased pollution levels, fuel consumption and noise pollution.
Convenience is comfort, but conservation is a necessity.
Small steps can make a huge difference. I am hopeful that we all can contribute in some way to protect our wildlife, human friends, and the environment around us!
Did you find any easy eco-swaps in the blog? Which ones would you think you can try first? Let us know in the comments.
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