First steps for an ecological and sustainable life

First steps for an ecological and sustainable life

Does your neighborhood provide a green container for the collection of recyclable materials at home? Use it! Do you usually pass a recycling point? Get organized! If you just cover those basics - cans, bottles, newspapers, and magazines - you're already part of a vital green web.

Don't take the car to the corner store. These shorter car trips cause the most pollution, mile by mile - cold engines are inefficient and you'll spend half your time idling while driving.

Get a backpack! They're all the rage, allow you to carry a few shopping things without hassle or cluttered hands, and you won't even need a carry bag when you've strolled, car-free, to the street shop.

If you've decided to use a car for your trip, why not decide how you drive as well? You can save fuel and lower emissions by opting for a softer driving style that says, "I'm relaxed, I'm in control, and I have nothing to prove!"

Fly Less: Bargain flights are very tempting, yet the impact of air travel cannot be underestimated. The easiest option is to simply choose a vacation closer to home, or simply cut back on round trips.

Turn off unwanted lights. It's so simple that it saves money and says, "I want there to be enough for everyone, forever."

If you have central heating, every 1 ° C lower on the thermostat can mean 10% lower fuel bills.

Set your refrigerator to 3-5 ° C; any decrease is a waste of energy.

Wipe the dust off the coils on the back of the fridge. Perfect cleaning, and if the dust accumulates, the refrigerator could use 30% more energy!

Is it really worth leaving your television, stereo, computer, etc. on hold? In the UK we spend £ 150 million on electricity a year not doing this!

If you decide to buy toxic household chemicals (and most of them are toxic!), Buy only what you need and store leftovers carefully, to avoid having to buy again in the future.

Don't pour toxic chemicals down the drain! - The sewerage works are fragile, like the rivers. Seal it, bag it, alright!

Do not throw away used engine oil! - is a real hazard to wildlife and waterways, and can provide useful energy instead. Visit the Oil Care Campaign site for information on local recycling sites.

Energy saving lightbulbs? - Treat yourself to at least one. It will pay for itself and it will also make you feel virtuous.

Gardening? Use peat substitutes, never peat itself - every block of peat you use was an irreplaceable piece of wild land and a vital natural carbon sink.

Try one of the "green" cleaning fluids. A cleaner environment, and with today's products, there is no compromise in your kitchen!

Buy recycled! - it is not good to take paper to a recycling bank if there is no market for recycled paper products. Larger supermarkets often have toilet paper and kitchen towels made from recycled fibers to begin with.

Buy second hand and consume less!

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