It’s very reassuring to see that some of the main contributors to climate change – businesses and areas of industry – seem to be making positive steps towards helping the environment and reducing the effects of climate change. Many areas of industry now rely more on natural resources such as solar power, and the ones that don’t are at least employing air pollution control systems to ensure that they minimise the number of harmful chemicals expelled into the atmosphere. But what you can you do to aid the environment within your own home? Fortunately, there are a number of things.
Recycling your home waste is very easy, but the effects are considerable. By recycling things such as paper and glass and plastic bottles, you not only reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill, but you also save precious energy, as the energy its takes to break down and recycle these is far less than the energy required to make these objects from the raw materials themselves. With the growing concern over deforestation, recycling of paper specifically should also have a knock on effect of reducing our reliance on chopping down trees in order to produce new paper. And finally, if you’d like to take recycling a step further still, composting all of your vegetable scraps is a fine way to reduce exports to landfill, whilst giving your garden a wealth of fantastic fertiliser as well.
Don’t Drive Everywhere
With the convenience of owning a car, we’ve all become incredibly lazy. How often do you find yourself nipping to the local shop for a few items, when you could easily walk the same distance? How many times do you drive to work in the morning, when a bus could get you there in good time as well? If you answer ‘often’ to one or both of these questions, then it’s definitely time to reevaluate your mode of transport. Not are walking or taking the bus far more eco-conscious ways to get about, but they are immeasurably cheaper than relying on your car. So it makes perfect sense; help the environment and save money at the same time.
Play Your Part
Whilst it’s positive to see industry taking more responsibility for the environment, the role that everyday people have to play is incredibly significant. There are many ways we can help, but two of the most immediate and effective ones are listed here.