Now is as good a time as any to put your principles into practice and start the greener living you've been dreaming about. From choosing eco-conscious products to making small lifestyle changes that add up to make a big difference, get started now and set an example for those around you. Establish eco-conscious habits you'll likely keep for the long term.
Save Energy When You Plug In
Between your smartphone, laptop, tablet and other handheld devices, that power strip in the corner is probably completely full every night. Do the environmentally conscious thing and get a smart charging station that shuts down automatically once your devices are charged. Even better, check out the appliances you're using. Most lamps are available with Energy Star ratings that provide amazing energy efficiency. Make smart choices for the environment, and don't be surprised when you see your energy costs dropping as well.
Ride Your Bicycle
Traveling from point A to point B by car is generally a pretty easy task. Once you get to your destination, you park your car and forget about it. However, by and large, traveling by car doesn’t afford you the same opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint as riding a bicycle does. So get a bike (and a good lock for it) and show everyone how you live up to your greener principles as you tool around town. Bike baskets, racks, backpacks and saddlebags let you carry your belongings with ease. Enjoy the ride and get to where you’re going without using up non-renewable resources whenever possible.
Buy a Reusable Water Bottle
While it's important for your health to stay well hydrated, you may need a calculator to add up the number of plastic water bottles you go through every week. Pick up a good stainless steel, glass or BPA-free plastic water bottle, and fill it with filtered water or your favorite beverage. Get tons of use out of it and enjoy the feel good factor of making this eco-conscious choice.
Get the eBook
Snuggling up to a good book is a great way to unwind. Save storage space and resources by swapping the paperbacks and hardcovers for the digital editions. Many of your favorite titles are readily available in digital versions. Add a tablet to your electronic collection to take advantage of these digital books.
Using remanufactured inks, which require less energy to produce and help prevent waste in landfills is a clear environmentally-conscious choice. Taking advantage of double sided printing functionality on your printer can also help avoid waste. In addition, consider purchasing paper made from recycled materials to minimize your impact on the planet.
In addition to your standard waste baskets, set up dedicated cans for recycling in your kitchen and other common areas. Encourage others in your home and office to recycle items like cans and water bottles. Don't forget about recycling paper as well; set up a paper tray by your printer to snag loose sheets that can be recycled or reused.
Your commitment to greener living and to making greener purchases can set a pattern that affects the future, your own and that of the planet. Small changes in everyday lifestyle choices concerning how you travel, what you purchase and even how you charge your electronics can add up and help you live a greener more sustainable lifestyle.
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