Green living: Save Our Earth By Living Green

Unique Eco-Friendly Tips

When you strive to be environmentally friendly, you are always on the lookout for unique tips. Sadly, if you are advanced in environmentalism it can be difficult to find new ways to save green points. This is especially true if you live in a city. Regardless, there are several rare ways you can perfect your commitment to the planet.

Walking a dog
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Commit yourself to walking a dog

One of the best ways to save the planet is by walking. However, many people will deny this method because they are out of condition. For this reason, you can help yourself and help someone else by walking a dog. In particular, someone that is sick or disabled may not be able to take their dog for a walk. After a year of daily walks, your body will acclimate to walking longer distances. You will also be fully aware of what type of shoes to wear, what weather conditions prevail and how to dress for the temperatures. Over time, you can start to do errands like walking up to three miles round-trip to get groceries.

Change your bathroom habits

Although there are several ways to save money with bathroom habits, few are unique. For example, putting a brick in the water reservoir of the toilet will certainly help to save water. Other ideas are more complicated such as changing the shower to a low-flow model or having a hot water on-demand system installed. Alternatively, hygiene can be addressed in an environmentally friendly way by using reusable toilet paper, diapers and menstrual pads.

A new way to compost

Undoubtedly, one of the biggest challenges of living in an urban area is figuring out how to compost. Before you dismiss this aspect of being eco-friendly as an impossibility, consider trying it in a different way. For instance, save several plastic containers that you can store in the freezer. When you need to compost, put the organic matter into the containers. In addition to creating a scent-free method of urban composting, it can also prevent dealing with rotting smells as you are transporting it to a nearby community compost facility.

Take your own instead of using disposables

We have all heard that you should take your own bags instead of using the plastic ones at the grocery store. One other common tip is to take your own lunch in reusable containers. Of course, you can save plastic by bringing your own mug to the coffee shop or using a water bottle. On the other hand, few people are aware that they can you use a resealable container to carry around cloth napkins and tissues. One tip is to only use these items once because continuous use of a cloth tissue to wipe noses can be disturbing to onlookers.

Keep your life clean and tidy

They say that cleanliness is next to Godliness, and this may be debatable, but it is usually true when it comes to environmentalism. For example, fixing a leaky faucet saves water. Cleaning your refrigerator coils will keep the unit from using excess energy to stay cool. Nevertheless, one area that gets overlooked is cigarette butts. If you are a smoker, consider placing your butts in an enclosed container or jar that you carry with you instead of throwing them on the ground. You can also switch to something like electronic cigarettes.

Give it to the birds to decide

If you live near an area where birds are common, they will appreciate some of your refuse. For instance, instead of throwing away hair from a haircut, place it where birds can find it to use for their nests. Along those lines, birds also appreciate dryer lint for the same reason. Finally, depending on the area that you live, some birds also like pecking at old eggshells.

Do not buy it in the first place

One area of eco-friendliness that will take some time to refine is your shopping list. In addition to buying a local or organic products, you may want to avoid extra packaging. In some cases, this includes excluding plastics. While it may be difficult to completely avoid buying excess packaging, it is definitely one of many steps in the right direction.

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