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30 simple ways to reduce your ecological footprint

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1. Replace disposable plastic cutlery set with reusable ones!

Buy less plastic cutlery means reducing the presence of it in the environment, which in turn reduce the family every-day costs for disposable objects.

2. What about doing the same with dishes?

Reusable objects are an investment for both the natural world and the family dimension. You can find online several sustainable products, what about those bamboo dishes?

3. Replace personal care objects: Cotton Buds.

The impact of these little white pieces is very often underestimated. Do you know that in 2017 have been estimated across the Italian beaches 100 million cotton buds? Buy eco-friendly cotton buds it’s an easy and responsible choice.

4. Do not forget to do the same with Cotton Pads!

Cotton pads last more than our dogs, our cats and US, they can take hundreds of years to break down! But fortunately, there are many options to live more than these little discs of “cotton”.

5. Use eco-friendly toothbrushes!

The time required for each plastic toothbrush to be decomposed is about 1000 years both in a dump or in the marine environment! There are several virtuous options though, as minimise the use of plastic components by changing only the bristles, or better, buy these eco-friendly bamboo toothbrushes for no plastic at all!

6. Start using the right sponges!

The natural environment provides many sustainable options as the loofah sponges or the konjac ones, which for instance is the root of the wild plant Konnyaku. So, avoid plastic sponges and use what mother nature provides to us.

7. Do not forget to use the right soap!

The environmental impact of soap and skin-care products is often underestimated, but again these products combined with their unsustainable packages are negatively transforming our planet. However, there are many alternatives that while maintaining the original functions represent also the more sustainable choice being 100% natural.

8. Try solid shampoos

By not containing water solid shampoos represent the eco-friendly version of the conventional ones, and are also far more easy and safe for travelling!

9. Support and buy to local markets.

These products, food or objects, are far more sustainable, cheaper and tasty! You just must find out the right markets, and who sell the right products.

10. Eat less meat.

Everybody loves a good steak, but how much it costs? Greenhouse gas emissions associated with beef are more than three times higher than those associated with chicken and almost 20 times those associated with lentils and beans.

11. You don’t need food packaging!

Reducing the use of packaged food means reducing plastic waste, and why you should use packaged food? It is tastier?

12. Plant a garden!

Growing your own garden is not only rewarding, but also ethical and intelligent! It’s the "real" km-0: the simplest and most efficient way to reduce consumption and costs related to the production and purchase of food and its transport in the markets, and above all, you know what you eat!

13. Avoid processed food

This is another reason to plant your own garden. A massive proportion of the daily food is processed, representing the result of an expensive energetic production process and transportation and non the healthiest choice for ourselves.

14. Start meal planning!

What we are talking about here is not only sustainable but clever action. Planning weekly meals will not only save time and energy per day but will also reduce food waste. It is not necessarily a matter of planning per gram, but of adaptable and flexible plans.

15. Let’s recycle

By dividing properly different kinds of waste you can substantially contribute to reducing the ecological footprint. This will help proper centres in process, transform or break them in raw materials to be re-used.

16. Stop buy plastic bags, try instead the cotton ones!

Why continue to spend and use plastic bags? Just think about it, this is a small change that would bring only positive effects for ourself and the environment. Online there are various alternative options such as these cotton bags, which in addition to lasting much longer than plastic ones are very nice aesthetically!

17. Reduce water use

The domestic use of water is often greater than the minimum required: long showers, frequent use of dishwashers and car washes. The only question here is: do we need all this water? Using the minimum amount of water we would save resources and energy used to heat it.

18. Install low-flow showerhead

This little device will help you in reducing the quantity of water.

19. Be affiliated to a green-energy company

You just have to take a look around to recognise tons of real green energy companies.

20. Resist the use of electronics

First of all, unplug the electronic devices from the sockets when not in use. Not everyone knows that the electronic devices turned off but still attached to the power outlet continue to produce energy! Up to a quarter of the energy used by an electrical object is used when the electrical object is switched off or on standby.

21. Do not use desktops, opt for laptops!

The difference in quite apparent, desktops require far more energy for their use compared to laptops!

22. Choose the “bright” light!

By preferring LEDs you are probably going to spend more, but they consume a quarter of energy than incandescent bulbs and last up to 25 times longer!

23. Use wall and insulated ceilings

This decision could drastically reduce the need for air conditioning and heating in homes, making the latter more insulated to external heat in hot periods and cold in cold periods. In turn, a lower use of heating and air conditioning means less energy used and emitted into the air.

24. Carefully consider the space of your home and its usage

The larger the size of the dwelling, the greater the energy required to heat or cool it. An alternative in addition to choosing smaller houses could be to rent part of the house to other people, to reduce emissions per capita!

25. Use recycled building materials

The use of recycled material for construction and real estate would greatly reduce the environmental impact. So why not?

26. Drive less

Do not use the car if you have an alternative. Cycling, walking on a scooter or using public transport is not only a cheaper choice but also much healthier for us and the environment!

27. If you must…buy a little car

If you really must use a car, buy a little and less-consuming car. Smaller cars often require less energy and resources to function, and importantly, are easier to park!

28. Or better, start car-pooling

Use car-pooling, and in addition to generating less emissions, you can share travel expenses with your colleagues/friends.

29. Do not take flight for short travels

Aircraft contribute largely to climate change by releasing substances such as nitrous oxide and water vapour at high latitudes. Why not use the train or a bus instead?

30. Buy sustainable fashion items

One of the ways to decrease the fast-fashion trend is to use longer clothes, buy quality garments that last for several seasons or even second-hand. Besides, vintage always has its charms, doesn’t it?

Yes! You can make a difference!

As a global community, we are facing a major climate crisis. Fortunately, we all have the power to be a part of the change we want to see, and that includes YOU!

Your actions and your voice matters. Today’s adults – parents, teachers, religious leaders, and politicians – cannot deny that you and your peers will carry the burden if significant action is not taken to address climate change. Changes to the way we live, what we buy, and how we participate in the community.

Be the change!

 

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https://www.auklett.co.uk/collections/best-sellers/products/natural-cotton-tote-bag?variant=37766603407517

https://en.reset.org/act/reduce-your-ecological-footprint-0

https://cpj.ca/7-ways-youth-can-reduce-their-ecological-footprint/

https://www.ilsole24ore.com/art/sulle-spiagge-italiane-100-milioni-cotton-fioc-AEnO0jLD?refresh_ce=1

https://banish.com.au/blogs/how-to/14-ways-to-reduce-your-ecological-footprint 

https://www.buildwithrise.com/stories/how-to-reduce-your-ecological-footprint

https://banish.com.au/blogs/how-to/14-ways-to-reduce-your-ecological-footprint

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