I’ve always been an environmentally conscious person (although it wasn’t until a few years ago did I fully go green by making the decision to go vegan) and I’d always read tips on going green each year when Earth Day comes around but I never thought that they were feasible.
So here are my top five easy ways to go green and to keep Mother Nature happy:
1. Go vegan. Going vegan is the easiest and most effective choice you can make to be a true tree hugger. More than half of the world’s crop are grown to feed farmed animals and the livestock industry produces more than 18 perfect of greenhouse gas emissions, uses more than 8 percent of water use, and is a major cause of deforestation and lack of biodiversity. Also, did you know that eating one pound of meat is equal to six months of showers?
2. Unplug. Turn off devices and appliances that aren’t in use. You’ll save money on your electric bill and you’ll by saving a whole lot of power because electronics that are plugged in use power of up to 20 watts in one day.
3. Take the stairs. According to CreativeCitizen, climbing one flight of stairs in one direction uses approximately 1/2 the amount of energy it takes to recharge a cellphone battery. Added bonus: you’ll work off that cookie you had with lunch.
4. Reduse, Reuse, Recycle. The three R’s are key to being green and reducing what goes into our landfills when the average American creates more than four pounds of waste per day. Using your old toothbrush to watch dishes and using an old t-shirt (you weren’t wearing it anyways) to dust and wipe off countertops is a great start. Also, after each season, donate your old clothes to your local thrift store. What goes around comes around, right?
5. Turn off the water. The average American uses 80 to 100 gallons of water each day. Turn off the faucet when you are shaving and brushing your teeth. Try to take shorter showers and use fewer dishes when possible, so you don’t have to wash many later.