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Best 5 Ways to Go Green

Are you worried about the environment and want to help to save Mother Nature? You can take small steps to become a more conscientious citizen on earth!  So many people want to become more green and start to look after the globe but starting is the hardest part, especially when you don’t know how to. So here are 5 tips for going Green.

Give up Bottled Water

www.liveoncelivewild.com On average, Britain consumes 3 billion bottles of water each year and only around 20% of the plastic is recyclable. Giving up buying bottled water will not only save you a little money but you will also be healthier as reusing plastic bottles is not advisable. Use a filtration system at home for the purest water and buy a reusable bottle – whatever you spend on that, you’ll be saving when you add up how much bottled water you buy.

Get around Green

Flickr / Pedro Ribeirio SimoesWalking, cycling and using public transport will lesser your fuel consumption and improve your global footprint. Road transport now accounts for 22% of the carbon dioxide emissions and it is only getting worse as the demand on cars is greater than ever.  Car manufacturers are trying to lessen the CO2 and there are more eco-friendly cars which are on the market now. But you can help by walking a little more and driving a little less.  

Embrace Meatless Monday’s (and Tuesdays & Wednesdays…)

Flickr / Sonny AbisamisConsuming meat every day in multiple meals isn’t a good idea for your health but on top of that the meat industry produces around 20% of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions. The demand on meat per capita has risen because of the developing world’s increasing consumption of meat. Animals’ grazing has also had a big impact; 26% of the earth’s ice free terrestrial surface is used for grazing. Ranch induced deforestation has led to the loss of tropical plant & animal lives in Central & South America, ecosystems are being altered and the natural life has depleted for mass livestock.

Compost it

Flickr / Kirsty HallThere are so many amazing benefits to composting and putting your unused food materials to good use. The compost enriches the soil and regenerates bad soil, also keeping away pests & plant diseases. Composting also absorbs anything that has contaminated the soil and prevents pollution including storm water runoff which can contaminate surface water resources. Plus it has economic benefits on top of it as it reduces the need for fertilisers, water and pesticides. It’s a lengthy process to get it to the maximum use (6-12 months) but definitely has a lot of benefits. If you don’t have a garden don’t throw away compostable food, you could give it to a family member or friend (obviously not as a birthday present though).

With great taps comes great responsibility

Flickr / IUCNwebTaps are a big use of water wastage even though there are many ways to stop this from happening. Think about how long you brush your teeth for (it should be around 2 minutes) if you keep the tap running that adds up to 200 gallons of water per month when it’s so simple just to turn off the tap. Also a dripping tap seems minor but can actually waste up to 1 litre of water an hour, think about how this affects your bills and you haven’t even used it! It’s a small thing but something that needs to be taken into consideration.  

These little things you do might not seem like much but they’ll have a big impact on your life and the health of the world. If more people start becoming green then we are on our way to improving environmental problems the world is facing. If you’re in support of a greener planet try one of these things this week and then go on from there, you’ll be happy you chose the green life.

If you’re interested in environmental conservation take a look at Frontier’s Costa Rica Climate Change Project & Peru Amazon Rainforest Conservation and take a bigger step in helping the world. You can also work in wildlife & marine conservation and improve exotic animal’s habitat.

By Fay Partridge

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