These are only a few of the ways in which we can conserve and protect our resources. Not only are you making a contribution to Mother Earth, but you also save money in the long run. Being conscious is much easier on the pocketbook, so that’s an added benefit of protecting the environment. It may seem like an impossible task to be conscious every day of how you use energy and water, among other things, but every little thing makes a difference, and if everyone participated, can you imagine how quickly the environment would change?
If you need a place to begin, start using less water. Shower in less time, reuse water that can be, get a gray water tank which recycles water in your own home, turn lights off and buy LED lighting which uses less power, eat leftovers, compost your food for animals and planting, be more mindful in the home of overall energy use. These are simple things you can do on a daily basis. It matters!
In the kitchen, use cloth towels instead of paper, as the trees need our support as much as anything. Toaster broken? Instead of buying a new one, see if it can be fixed. This is part of our attempt to reuse instead of being a part of our consumer culture that buys without thinking of the environment.
Tired of your clothing? Try to buy recycled, reused or repurposed clothing online. It saves you a drive and is more eco-friendly than transportation. There is a new “thing,” where friends have clothing jams/parties and buy or receive clothing from friends, like a clothing swap. It can be permanent or just for an occasion, but it’s practical and wasteless.
Read labels on everything you buy. Avoid toxic products or those that damage the environment, like the ingredients in makeup, hair, skin and cleaning products. It used to be that the eco-friendly products were more expensive, but with inflation at an all-time high, it’s no longer true and everything is expensive. Spend your money wisely.