The world is changing, and this change imposed on a global scale puts a strain on natural resources. It may seem bleak, but there are ways you can help alleviate our collective plight. Read on as the experts at Handyman Connection® of Alpharetta share five easy-to-follow steps for a lifestyle that is kinder to the environment.
1. Start Small
Ever heard of the ripple effect? An effort, no matter how small it might seem, will and can greatly contribute to a more sustainable future. Perhaps your first environmentally friendly step can be taken by bringing and using non-disposable straws when eating out at restaurants. For weekly groceries, choose eco bags instead of plastic bags. When considering carbon footprint, a little really does go a long way.
2. Live Simply
There is a current consumerist trend where the propensity for excess is glorified. Almost everything is turned into an extravagant display of functionless design, from fashion to lifestyle. Admittedly, it’s easy to get swept up in fads but make the effort to simplify your life. Reduce your purchases and really think about the environmental impact of every acquisition. Your wallet—and the environment—will thank you.
3. Go Green
Reduce your carbon footprint by walking or biking to work when conditions permit. Not only is it a great way to exercise, you’ll also save on gas money. Less carbon dioxide emission from your car also means a cleaner environment. Incorporate air-filtering plants in your home and on your office desk. There’s a movement nowadays called Zero Waste, which means incurring little to no trash at all.
Although it might sound like an intimidating challenge, normal folks can certainly give it a try by making a backyard compost, or simply giving up tissues in favor of cloth handkerchiefs. Instead of single serve coffee, choose coffee grounds; the grounds can be used as fertilizer afterward.
4. Favor Efficiency
They say that all good habits start at home. That said, be conscious about using products that are sapping up energy. Opt for energy-efficient products, starting from your roof, windows and doors, down to your lighting fixtures and home appliances. These investments will pay for themselves in no time, and will considerably lessen your carbon footprint.
5. Be Mindful
Examine every activity and purchase. Try to be aware of trends detrimental to the environment, and actively avoid them. Choose the eco-friendly life, challenging as it may be. Remember, even a ripple can become a wave.
Handyman Connection® of Alpharetta specializes in home remodeling projects. Give us a call at (770) 727-8045 to find out which of our services can help you live your most environmentally friendly life.