5 Ways to Make Your Life More Environmentally Friendly

1. Eat Less Meat

Cutting back on your meat consumption is an important step in reducing the overall emission of GWP gases.


2. Use Less Paper

The world we live in today offers options to be more "digital". So, instead of reaching for a paper notebook or printer paper, grab your computer and jot down notes there. The less paper used, the less paper that needs to be produced and the more trees that get to fill our forests. If you MUST use paper, be sure to recycle. It takes less energy to create paper though recycles and already used paper products than it does to create brand new paper products.


3. Compost

Compost bins not only reduce waste by letting you re-use things you would normally just toss out, but they also save you money and help your plants grow better in your garden. If you garden at all, it really doesn’t make any sense NOT having a compost bin. 


4. Use the *Right* Lightbulbs + Cut Down on Energy Usage in Your Home

Replace your lightbulbs (as they die) with more eco-friendly brands, ideally something that is compact fluorescent light. CFL bulbs can last more than five times longer and use much less electricity than regular incandescent light bulbs. There are a lot of ways to cut back on energy you use in your home. These will lead to smaller energy bills and more money in your pocket (great for you!) Start by lowering your thermostat in the winter and raising it in the summer. Unplug appliances when they aren’t being used, and try washing all possible clothes on cold. 


5. Reduce Your Water Waste

Use less water and cut back on your bottled water purchases. Its easy - Take a shorter shower or install a low-flow shower head. Also, cut back on bottled water purchases. Even if you live in an area where your tap water isn’t the best, purchasing a water filter with help with taste. Get a reusable water bottle and fill it up with your newly filtered water. 


You don't have to start all these things at once. Even if you pick and choose 1-2 ways from this list, you will be greatly impacting your life and the livelihood of the Earth! 



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