What is eco-conscious living? To live an eco-conscious life is to live an eco-friendly, environmentally-friendly life; one whose purpose for living is to make a social and environmental impact, benefitting the planet, animals, and people. To be eco-conscious is to be aware of the environmental impact of your everyday living.
Here are 10 tips for you to begin living an eco-conscious life:
- Begin to become aware of the everyday products you use, where they come from and their environmental impact.
- Use eco-friendly products and replace them with products that are reusable, recyclable, biodegradable and/or compostable.
- Start commuting in an eco-friendly way. Make use of public transit, cycling, walking, and ride-sharing when commuting from one location to the next.
- Eat more whole foods and fewer meat products. Processed foods and animal meat consumption have a direct impact on the environment and “win-win” diets “help tackle two of the most urgent challenges of today: securing good nutrition for all and protecting the environment", as quoted by the United Nations. Studies by the Food and Agriculture Organization have shown high levels of emissions from global livestock.
- Become involved in your community. Join a local community garden and grow your own vegetables, or join groups that help clean green spaces in your neighbourhood.
- Use canvas, cloth or other reusable shopping bags. Plastics harm the environment. For example, any time that you go out shopping at the grocery store, opt for a friendly alternative such as reusable bags.
- Organize a clothing swap party. Instead of shopping for new clothes, swap gently used clothes with your friends or neighbours in exchange for a different and new wardrobe.
- Clean your home with green products. Harmful chemicals are not only unhealthy for you and your family, they are also toxic to the environment. Opt for cleaning products that are environmentally friendly and toxic-free.
- Reduce water waste. If you tend to a home garden, collect rainwater with a large bin or a number of large buckets and use the collected water to water your plants. After it rains, keep the bin or buckets covered so that the water does not evaporate quickly.
- Start a compost bin for your garden. Some eco-conscious cities have made it mandatory for its citizens to compost waste, whether they have a garden or not. If you don’t already compost, start composting organic waste to turn it into a valuable organic fertilizer for your garden.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these tips for Eco-conscious Living. Take on any of these tips that resonate with you the most. Remember, small actions can lead to a big, beautiful impact. Be sure to share this post with your friends and spread the Eco-love!
With love and compassion,
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