We should show respect and kindness to the planet every day, and Earth Day is a great reminder of that. Keep reading for some fun and easy ways to be greener this year!
1. Shop With A Plan
Shopping with a plan reduces your chance of over-purchasing and having waste. It’s important to be a smart shopper and bring your own bags and buy fewer plastic materials. When grocery shopping, make sure to buy organic produce. This helps eliminate the use of harmful chemicals, fungicides, and pesticides.
2. Don't Leave the Water On!
Did you know that the average American uses 88 gallons of water a day at home? Something as simple as turning the faucet off when you brush your teeth can conserve gallons of water. When we choose to use less water, we are making a powerful impact. It’s important to be aware of our water usage because only 2% of the earth’s water is fresh.
3. Use Green Certified Products
Many products are harmful to the environment. Luckily, there are green-certified products that safely do their job and don’t harm the environment. Recently, there has been an increase in sustainable products making it even easier than ever to show respect to the planet. When you use a certified green product, you are encouraging more reusability, energy efficiency, and recycled products.
4. Use A Water Bottle
Using a reusable water bottle is a great way to be more green. Reusable water bottles help reduce the plastic litter in oceans, streams, landfills, and other places where the plastic waste ends up. Single-use plastic water bottles are expensive and don't provide you with as many vitamins and minerals as other water sources.
5. Start Recycling!
Recycling is key for creating a more sustainable world. Recycling is when you donate waste like newspaper, aluminum cans, glass, or plastic to be converted into new materials. Reclaiming items saves energy, reduces pollution, and conserves natural resources. If you want to start recycling, rethink what you view as waste. Almost any material and object can be recycled or reused.
6. Limit Laundry Loads
One way to be more conscious is to only do full loads of laundry. Every time the washing machine is used, water is consumed. Make sure to use a half-load setting if you have to do a smaller load of laundry. Tumbling dryers also use large amounts of energy. Don’t forget to dry your clothes naturally when possible.
7. Bike or Walk Locally
There are many advantages to biking and walking. Some of the most significant advantages are that these methods of transportation don’t use fuel, require less energy, and don’t release toxic emissions or fumes. During a car’s lifetime, it will produce 1.3 billion cubic yards of polluted air. Switching out your car for your bike a few times a week is an effective and simple way to reduce your carbon footprint.
8. Use Environmentally Conscious Solutions
Using green cleaning products will help reduce the hazards and waste that comes from using traditional cleaning products. This is especially relevant in carpet cleaners. Green carpet cleaners are usually free of dyes and fragrances. Some brands even have biodegradable packaging and only use organic ingredients. Green cleaners will provide you with the same results as other cleaning products.
9. Repair, Don't Replace!
Constantly throwing away objects and buying new ones is straining your wallet and the environment. There are endless ways to repair such as refurbishing old furniture or disassembling it and reusing the materials. You can also take your clothes to a tailor when buttons go missing, your pants need to be hemmed, or a jacket lining gets torn. The repairing possibilities are endless! When we repair, we are putting our planet first and doing our part to preserve it for future generations.
These are just a few ways to be more green. Making positive changes starts in your home. Check out ChemDry’s eco-friendly carpet cleaning services for all your carpet cleaning needs!