Note: this is a partnered post and consideration was received for its publication. CC-licensed photo by Frank Pickavant.
You’ve probably seen documentaries about people who are so dedicated to the planet’s future that they’ve decided to stop eating all animal products (and especially those from huge factory farms with equally-large carbon footprints), trade their gasoline-powered cars for electric ones, and become so conscious of the wastefulness related to disposable packaging that they depend on reusable containers whenever possible.
Although effective, those kinds of measures all require substantial changes. If you’re ready to live a “greener” way of life without making yourself adopt too many new habits all at once, there are several things you can do to get started. Remember, one of the most important things is that you’re motivated to make changes. The fact that you’re getting started in that mindset is a huge advantage.
Find Out About Recycling Options in Your Community
Maybe you’ve noticed napkins, cups and other everyday items that have text printed on them to indicate how they’re made completely or mostly from recycled materials. It’s easier that you may think to do your part by recycling most of your family’s garbage.
First, find out about which kinds of materials can be recycled in your hometown, and if the community participates in single-stream recycling, where you can put all recyclables into one container, or if you need to sort things more carefully. Get into the habit of checking every piece of household trash to figure out if it’s recyclable. If so, put it into a dedicated container so it never reaches the trashcan.
Grow Your Own Produce
By growing fruits and veggies in your own garden, you’ll be able to reduce dependence on companies that may waste fuel and resources to transport produce thousands of miles to your nearest grocery stores. Don’t have a backyard? No problem. Growing produce in containers is a viable option, especially if you take advantage of the many books and websites about the subject.
Update and Maintain Your Plumbing System
It’s also a good idea to think about installing low-flow showerheads and toilets in your bathroom. Those options help you save resources without even thinking about it.
Also, if you have a faulty toilet that runs too long after you flush it or a faucet that just won’t stop dripping, hire plumbing specialists to fix the problem. If you depend on technicians associated with Southern Air plumbing services, for example, it’s possible to get prompt, reliable service, and even save money by using coupons that are available on the company’s website.
Before agreeing to have new plumbing products installed, explain that environmental friendliness is one of your top priorities. That way, company representatives know to only suggest items that meet that need.
Don’t forget that plumbing professionals can also install new water heaters. If the one you have is old and not very efficient, there’s probably a newer model you could upgrade to that isn’t such a drain on resources.
It should now be clear that doing your part to protect the planet doesn’t always mean making gigantic changes. Start small by pursuing some of the suggestions above. Before long, you may feel empowered to start doing even more.