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How to Live a More Eco-friendly Life

Abena is a writer and entrepreneur. In 2016, she took the plunge and moved from the UK to Ghana, West Africa.

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Living a more compassionate and Earth-conscious life isn't just for vegans and animal rights activists. We should all try to protect the Earth, save money, and live a more compassionate and Earth-conscious life.

If you want to help protect the environment and/or save money, you might be thinking about going green. Here are a few tips to help you get started.


Switch it off

Switch it off
You can start living in a more eco-friendly way right now by turning off the lights when you leave a room and unplugging things when you are done with them. For instance, most people leave their TVs on standby. Instead, just turn them off. Your carbon footprint can be cut down by a lot if you make a conscious effort to turn things off when you're not using them.


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Use Less Plastic


Reducing your use of plastic is another important step you can take to live a more eco-friendly life. Making plastic takes a lot of energy and resources, which releases carbon into the air and adds to global warming. Recycling plastic is not the answer because only about 9 percent of plastic gets recycled on average. Because of this, the best way to cut down on plastic production is to stop using it or use less of it.


Shop with care

Shop with care
Fast fashion is a big problem. When you buy cheap, trendy clothes, you add to the huge amount of textile waste in the world. Waste textiles are made at every step of the process of making textiles.

The textiles business is the second most polluting in the world.
You should think about supporting brands that help restore rainforests, use fair trade, and make their products in an environmentally friendly way.


Buy Green technology


Technology companies are now paying attention to how much energy their products use. If you want to live in an even more eco-friendly way, pay attention to the technology products you buy. Instead, try to buy tech items that use less energy. This will help you use less energy overall.



Change to clean energy


You can also make a difference by switching to renewable energy. Some energy companies offer a 100% renewable tariff that lets you use energy with less carbon emissions. To cut down on your carbon footprint, you could also use solar energy or other forms of renewable energy.


Eat less meat


When people eat too much meat, it hurts the planet. For example, about 8 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide per year would be taken out of the air if the world's pasture lands were used only for natural vegetation. Beef eating is definitely not good for the environment.

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Don't waste food


Every year, the United Kingdom alone throws away more than 7 million tons of food. This is an unbelievable amount of wasted food. When food goes to waste, CO2 is released into the air. You can stop food from going to waste by freezing extra food, donating food, and shopping for food at the end of the day at grocery stores.


More Eco-friendly Tips


Use your food scraps to feed your grass and plants by putting them in a compost pile.

Recycle
Even though recycling plastic isn't the best way to live a more eco-friendly life, you should still do it. You can also recycle clothes, electronics, paper, cardboard, glass, and metal.

Use LED Light Bulbs
LED bulbs use less energy, so using them will cut down on how much electricity you use. Some electricity companies give these away for free or at a lower cost.

Insulation for homes
Insulating your home is a good idea because it keeps heat inside and keeps cool air inside when it's hot outside.

Delivery from a grocery store
Have your groceries brought to you instead of driving to the store. One van can carry a lot of grocery boxes, which saves gas and cuts down on carbon emissions. Grocery delivery is like public transportation for groceries.

Buy things that are used.
Rather than buying everything brand new, you can cut down on textile waste, paper waste, and other types of waste by buying used items.

Use cleaning products that are good for the environment
Many store-bought cleaning products have chemicals and small pieces of plastic that are harmful. They are also packaged with materials that aren't good for the environment. If you want to live in a more eco-friendly way, buy cleaning products that are made with natural ingredients or make your own cleaning products at home.

Drive Less
Get rid of your car and walk, bike, or take public transportation more to cut down on your carbon emissions.

Shop close to home
Local shopping is a great way to cut down on your carbon footprint. When goods are made close to where they are sold, less fuel is used to transport them, which lowers carbon emissions overall. So, buy things from local stores to help protect the environment.

Explore Your Local Area
Traveling is great, but planes have a huge negative effect on the environment. If you want to help the environment, you should fly less and explore your area or country more.


Grow your own crops
It just makes sense! If you grow your own vegetables, you'll use less packaging, put out less carbon, and clean up the soil. What's holding you back? Grow some of your own food!

Use natural products for skin care
Many skin care products you can buy in stores have microplastics and chemicals that are bad for you. Stop using products that are bad for your skin and start using natural ones instead. You can make your own, or you can buy things that only have natural ingredients.


Conclusion

As you can see, there are many things you can do to start living in a way that is better for the environment. It's easy: just decide to do everything you can to protect the planet. A few simple changes can make all the difference. Start today by turning off the lights, making your own natural cleaning and skin care products, and eating a plant-based meal instead of your usual meal. You don't have to wait until tomorrow to start living a more eco-friendly life. There are many things you can do right now.

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