Going green helps the environment by reducing energy use, saving water and reducing carbon emissions. Swapping to greener energy sources like wind and solar, recycling, driving less and choosing recycled cardboard and plastic products are all great ways to help the environment. Go green in your own home by choosing locally grown food or grow your own fruit and vegetables in your backyard.
Going green can have many benefits to the environment as well as to our own family. Saving energy, saving water and ultimately saving money are great benefits we get from caring for the environment. These changes help our planet too.
In this article we will cover just a few of the many ways going green can help our environment.
How to go green to help the environment
1. Reduce energy and water use
Reducing our energy consumption, water use and waste all help to preserve the precious resources available to us on this planet. If we choose to use less of these resources our planet benefits. A great proportion of our electricity is produced using oil, coal and natural gas. Reducing our power use or swapping to greener energy sources such as solar power or wind will help us to live greener.
2. Recycling can help you live a greener life
Recycling is another way in which we can cut back on the amount of wasted resources. It is estimated that recycling just 1 plastic bottle will conserve enough energy to light a 60 watt light bulb for up to 6 hours.
3. Reduce Pollution to help the environment
Many things that we do in our lives can create pollution that goes into the environment. Driving our car puts pollutants into the air, many of the products we use create pollution in the form of non-recyclable waste and even the products we use can release unwanted chemicals into our environment.
Making choices like driving less, and choosing recyclable or reusable products can go along way to helping our environment. By doing this we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the amount of waste that ends up in landfill. Think about the products you use in your daily life and choose reusable or recycled options.
4. Food choices can be green and reduce our impact on the environment
The foods we choose to eat can can have big impact on our environment. To reduce our impact on the environment we can choose locally grown food, eat more plant foods, less meat products and choosing to grow your own fruit and veg. Reducing the distance our food travels also helps by reducing the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere.
5. Choose package free foods to go green
Try to choose foods that produce the least waste, try keeping your food package free and avoid single use plastic wrapping. Choosing a bento box can cut back on the amount of plastic packaging we need to keep food fresh at work or school.
6. Green light bulbs and cleaning help our environment
Choosing green products helps to reduce the amount of waste entering our environment. Less waste means less landfill and less pollution that enters our seas and natural habitats.
Choosing energy efficient light bulbs, natural cleaning products, recyclable products or multi-use products such as reusable coffee cups or lunch boxes instead of plastic bags and wrap all help reduce the waste produced in our work and school lives.
7. Save natural habitat and plant in your own backyard
Habitat destruction is one of the biggest impacts we have on the survival of animal species. Going green can help to slow the destruction of rainforests, trees and natural scrub land. Choosing recycled paper products or those made from managed forests can help reduce the amount of natural rainforest or bushland taken to make paper or cardboard products.
Another fantastic thing that helps the environment is planting trees. You could join a local land care group or grow small trees or plants in your backyard or patio. Each addition of green helps to store carbon, filter the air and create shade.
If you have a small backyard you can still help to trap carbon and give passing insects and birds a place to rest. Plant wildflower seeds, fast growing annual flowers and small shrubs to provide shelter and pollen for bees.
How going green helps the environment – Summary
There are lots of easy ways to make small changes to go green in your own home and help the environment. Swap 1 car ride for your bike or try a reusable coffee cup and you will be making a small difference that can add up over time to help us all live more sustainably.
I am an accredited practicing dietitian, experienced gardener and a dedicated cook. I love writing and sharing my experience so you can learn from my successes and mistakes.