We all enjoy doing effortless things. It makes life easier and simpler. Unfortunately, if we want to help the environment, it’s not going to be as simple as we want. But there are many things that take 30 seconds to 10 minutes. We all can fit at least ten minutes in our life and definitely can take an extra 30 seconds.
Start by saying no:
Styrofoam contains possible cancer-causing chemicals that melt off into our hot drinks and food. Styrofoam also never decomposes, so it stays on earth forever. Try using reusable containers like Tupperware when you take out food.
Plastic straws are one of the most common items of waste found on beaches. Many of you have probably seen the video of a turtle with a straw stuck in its nose, this video started the project of going strawless. Going strawless is very easy. You can either stop using straws or buy steel, silicon or paper straws. Personally, I like steel straws. I got my 6 from Amazon for 8 dollars. They work great and are easy to clean.
- Six pack rings
Six pack rings are also very harmful to sea creatures. They can get stuck around sea creatures bodies and suffocate them, or the animals can eat them. The best thing you can do is not use them. Buy soda in cardboard containers instead. That way you can recycle all the materials for your dozen sodas. If you use six-pack rings though, cut each circle of the rings. That way animals can’t get stuck in the little rings.
- Plastic bags
Plastic bags are also very harmful to animals and our earth. Animals can eat them and get stuck in them. The bags can also let off toxins that go into our ground or water. Reusing the bags are great, but you still eventually throw them away. Try getting reusable bags. You can probably find ones at different business for free, or you can buy them at various stores.
- Plastic produce bags
These have a lot of the same concerns as normal plastic bags. But there are different ways to avoid using them. Buy mesh bags online or in stores like natural grocers. These are lightweight and are a very easy switch.
- Ziploc bags
Ziploc bags are also a very easy waste to fix. Reuse the current ones you have, then buy reusable silicone ones. I found some on Amazon, but I’m assuming you can also find ones at stores like natural grocers.
- Saran wrap
Saran wrap contains chemicals that hurt humans and the environment. It has similar effects as many other plastics. This can be fixed though. You can buy beeswax wrap or make it homemade. It works really well and is very useful! I use mine for wrapping sandwiches and snacks.
Other easy eco-friendly tips:
- Hang clothes
Hanging clothes rather than drying them in a dryer is a simple and rewarding solution. All you have to do is take your clothes out of the washer and bring them outside. You don’t need a clothing line, in my house we use our deck railing and it works great. It leaves a sunny smell to it that I personally prefer more than a normal dryer smell. Just make sure to check the weather before you leave your clothes outside!
- Buy Rechargeable batteries
There are many harmful situations that batteries cause. One situation is water pollution. Batteries have many harmful chemicals like mercury, lead, and cadmium. When they are disposed of, these chemicals can get into water areas and pollute them. This can damage drinking water and animals living environments. The best thing to do is to buy rechargeable batteries and a charger.
- Toilet Trick
The amount of water used per flush in an older toilet is 5-7 gallons. Now it’s much less water for newer toilets, but if you still have an older toilet, you might want to try this toilet trick. Put a plastic bottle with a couple of pebbles in it in your toilet tank. This reduces the amount of water that fills your tank, so less water is wasted when flushed.
Ecosia is a search engine that plants trees per search. You can download it on your phone or put it on your computer. To put it on a computer you search Ecosia. Then a little note pops up saying “Add to Chrome”. If you click on that it will lead you to adding it as your search engine. Note: this may vary depending on computer brands. I know that it works on Apple products, Windows, and Google products, but I’m not sure for other companies.
Polystyrene Foam Is Bad For Your Body and the Environment
Richard Bruno – https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-styrofoam-bill-20170216-story.html
Because You Asked: What’s So Bad About Plastic Straws?
Batteries and Their Effects on the Environment
EcoFriendlyLink – http://www.ecofriendlylink.com/blog/batteries-and-the-environment/