What Can You do as an Individual to Save Environment

Daily reports on pollution and climate change are worrisome and it also highlights the ways through which humans are themselves destroying their only habitat. If we look at the situation one may think that we can do anything right now or what can someone do as an individual. There is also a controversy on “climate change is not real”.

While that’s where we are totally wrong. To bring huge changes, yes governments needs to be involved but as an individual person, everyone can do a lot to save the environment. There are a lot of environment friendly moves someone can take to preserve the environment. Being eco friendly / living a life centered on saving the environment is also good for wallet.

There are variety of area where you can take steps to reduce your environmental impact. Below is the areas where you can do a lot to help environment. Don’t forget to comment at the end of the article to help us understand “how you are contributing to help save the planet?”

“An Eco friendly life style is a Healthy life style”

  • Try to maximize usage of day light
  • Turn off all unnecessary lighting in your home, office, shop
  • Go on foot
  • Use bicycle instead of bike ( insignificant environmental  impact )
  • Use local transport instead of personal vehicle (low environmental impact)
  • Travel together
  • Use online platforms for meeting
  • Use energy efficient lighting and other equipment’s
  • Keep your AC at 26 oC
  • Shop virtually  (don’t have to travel to store using fuels based vehicle – saving environment)
  • Buy garments, shoes or accessories made in Eco friendly manufacturing system
  • If it’s cotton garment, then look for organic cotton tag
  • Look for garments made from recycled raw material
  • Order what as much as you eat
  • Take as much as you can eat (specially on public events, seminar, weddings)
  • Try to avoid wasting food items
  • Donate the extra food
  • Save water
  • Understand the expiry date of food stuff and manage it accordingly
  •  Take the extra food home
  • Try to create compost piles (can be used in kitchen gardening, roof gardening)
  • Avoid food packing’s
  • Try to buy items with less packing
  • Buy items with recycled packaging material
  • Carry around your own cup, don’t use plastic cups
  • If you are taking food away home, ask the restaurant, not to pack plastic utensils with it.
  • Reuse items
  • Eat local items (avoids traveling – saves environment)
  • Buy locally
  • Grow your own garden
  • Whenever you buy anything keep environment in your mind
  • Bring your own bag for shopping
  • Use non-toxic cleaning agent (eco friendly)
  • Say good bye to bottles (don’t buy new bottle, you can use a BPA Free plastic bottle or a glass bottle)
  • Take care of tree / plant more trees

Read more here on UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion

“Tags contain a lot of information regarding manufacturing of products, so pay attention to labels and buy environment friendly products.

Environment Friendly products would mean that the manufacturer has taken care of all environmental issues during the manufacturing process of their products (e.g. less waste, less chemicals, less pollution etc.)”

Read more here on How Plastic is killing the Marine Life

So act, do, use and buy Environment Friendly

How Plastic is Killing Marine Life?

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Plastic is a moldable substance. It can take any shape that why it has complete become part of our life. Even our daily routine items are also made of plastic i.e. plastic bottles, disposable items, shopping bags etc.

No one can deny the importance of plastic material, plastics saves our shipments by creating water proof covering, saves our eatables, etc. but we humans are irresponsible towards everything available in access.

Items made of plastic usually take tens of years to decompose in the soil releasing harmful chemicals, even some types of plastic material might take centuries to decompose in the natural environment.

Once the plastic material is disposed in soil and become part of it, this material blocks the seepage of water underground, mixing of oxygen, inhibits growth of plants etc.

There is an increase in trend of garments made of polyester, a form of plastic. During its manufacturing process micro-plastics are formed. These micro-plastic easily pass on to the steam and then to oceans.  Micro-plastics are also released from other processes like aging of tires etc. In oceans these micro plastics gets trapped in the bodies of marine life. Slowly micro-plastics pill up and blocks the chanals in the body of aquatic life (digestive track, air ways) causing the unfortunate death of the fishes, turtles, whales.

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In a recent event a whale was found dead in Italy. When investigated it was found that there was 48 pound of plastic in its body that caused its death. In recent times, death toll of marine life is increasing day by day.

There is another process known as bio-magnification, when the micro-plastic becomes part of fish body it gets transferred to anyone eating the contaminated fish. So, this is one way through which human can be directly affected and so many are out there.

Different solutions are proposed by different communities like proper management, recycling etc. but via these techniques the plastic is still there. Biodegradable plastic is an excellent solution to this problem.  Biodegradable plastic can degrade in natural environment in matter of few weeks/months.  

“So, the time to take action is now and create a plastic free world”

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