For years now there has been a push towards eco friendly living; however, the recent global pandemic has really caused people to re-evaluate their relationship with nature and what sustainable truly means. Global warming, rapid animal extinction, rising sea levels and increased pollution have been major environmental issues over the last two decades—and they are all intertwined and connected. Man-made emissions of CO2 have altered our planet in real and tangible ways. “Since the Industrial Revolution began in about 1750, CO2 levels have risen more than 30%. The concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in at least 800,000 years. Other greenhouse gases such as methane and nitrous oxide are also released through human activities but they are less abundant than carbon dioxide.” (BBC News)
To Live Sustainably, Start with Small Changes
The rapid increase in environmental issues has led many to think of how they can alter their own lives towards more eco friendly living. While some people are taking more extreme measures, and going completely zero waste, others are looking for simple ways to live sustainably.
The key to living a sustainable lifestyle is to turn your good intentions into good habits.
Start with small changes and make them a part of your everyday life. Whether it’s switching to reusable water bottles, taking public transportation more frequently or starting a compost bin—whatever it is that you choose, make sure it’s something that fits into your life and that you can continue to do on a long-term basis.
Eco Friendly Living at Home
We have all been spending a lot more time at home this year, and it has led us to assess what home means to us. The best place to start making and implementing sustainable living practices is right at home. Within those walls where we raise our families, cook homemade meals, relax and laugh together—this is where changing your daily habits begins.
Ways to live green at home:
- Opt for eco friendly packaging on items. Skip the plastic and look for items in cardboard or paper pulp, which is easily recycled.
- Buy seasonal and local food at a farmer’s market. If you buy what is grown near you, you help cut down on food transportation pollution.
- Upcycle what you can. Upcycling is transforming one item into something else—turn that empty glass jar into a homemade candle or used cooking oil into biodiesel.
- Turn the lights off when you leave a room. This is a good habit to get into and it will also save you money on your monthly electric bill.
- Ditch the paper towels, plastic straws & plastic bags. There are great sustainable options available for all of these common household items.
- Choose home cleaners that are made from natural ingredients. You can even simplify this further and make your own.
- Properly dispose of your used cooking oil and grease. Keeping these harmful contaminants out of your kitchen sink drain means that you are dramatically reducing your chance of a sewer overflow into your home or neighborhood.
Grease Hero Drain Guards for Your Kitchen
Grease Hero is designed to be placed into the top of your kitchen sink drain, so you can quickly and easily pour used cooking fats, oils and grease into it and then promptly dispose of it. It’s designed with recyclable materials to absorb the oil and grease waste and can be thrown out with your regular garbage. See Grease Hero in action on our YouTube channel. This one easy change in your kitchen cleaning routine will save you money from costly plumbing repairs, the city from expensive sewer damage, and our environment from deadly contamination.
Eco friendly living doesn’t have to be hard or mean that you need to take drastic measures. Small changes in your daily habits really add up, and every little bit we can do to help our planet is what counts.
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