5 steps towards an eco-friendly lifestyle
20 April 2020 Estimated time: ~2 min.
A lifestyle that is more friendly to nature does not involve big sacrifices, it only requires awareness of environmental issues and a bit of creativity!
If you have decided to live by the ecological trend and put the long-term needs of the planet above your immediate needs, here you are five simple steps you can take in the eco friendly direction.
1.Keep the packaging and be creative
It is up to us to keep the world beautiful and we can start today! Choose not to throw away the glass containers that have hosted your favorite products: give them a new life with new design ideas. Thus, empty bottles of creams, exfoliants and shower oils can become splendid vases, pots or candles!
The glass is 100% recyclable, while the plastic takes 500 years to decompose in nature. By recycling/reusing the glass instead of using new raw material, the pollution level is reduced by 20% and water pollution by 50%.
2. Do smart shopping
In other words, less purchases, more quality. You can also apply the ten day rule: when you think you really crave for a certain product, wait ten days before you buy it and see if you still want it. Thus, you avoid shopping out of impulse.
True, nothing can replace the smell of freshly printed paper, but the trees that are cut to make cellulose are difficult to replace. Think that the most important thing in a book or newspaper it’s the content, and the beauty of the words, the accuracy of the information, or the mastery of metaphors can be enjoyed just as well by reading online. If you are still a fan of conventional reading, libraries are always a good idea, as are the exchange of books, newspapers and magazines between friends.
4. Use textile bags for shopping
They are more trendy than the plastic ones you get from supermarket anyway! Always keep in your purse a textile bag that you can use whenever you need it, when shopping. And if, however, you happen to need a plastic bag for transport, remember that it can be used several times and then can end its „career“ as a garbage bag.
5. Make short bike routes
When the road is too long to be made on foot, but short enough to travel on two wheels, a bicycle ride will do well for your siluette and for the air, which will no longer be polluted by exaust emmisions.
What else can you do out of love for the planet
- Support local producers
- Plant a tree
- Donate the clothes you no longer wear
- Close the tap while brushing your teeth
- Choose to receive your invoices online