6 Unexpected Ways to Save the Environment
Many people find the idea of saving the environment one that sounds wonderful in theory but difficult to actually execute. This is for a multitude of reasons, one of them being that the problem feels too large to really solve alone. This may be true, but if we all were to take minor steps toward this goal, a real transformation could be seen. With all this in mind, we must also accept that we are humans with daily tasks and needs that must be tended to. This includes heating our homes, driving to work and simply feeding ourselves and our families. Below we explore some unexpected ways to improve the environment:
1. Fly Economy
Obviously the idea of flying First, or even Business Class, is far more enticing than the thought of being crammed into tiny seats next to big strangers but it is, without a doubt, the best option. From the standpoint of simply saving your own money, the cost benefits are clear but from a global environment standpoint, if all of us decided to forego the space, we’d be living in much better conditions. Air travel, while a remarkable technological advancement, has done irreparable damage to our planet.
2. Take Care of Your Car
Getting your car checked on a regular basis, not just when you suspect something has gone horribly wrong, can maintain the life of your car and the planet. Setting a reminder to bring your car in for maintenance is probably the best way of going about this, as it can be easily pushed to the side as one goes about other tasks that seem more pressing. Another thing to consider is taking your car to the car wash as opposed to doing it yourself, as they use less than half the water than you would.
3. Keep Up With Your Online Shopping Habit
So while it takes some sort of method of delivery for your items to get to you, the majority of the time online shopping is actually better for the environment than shopping in a store. Everyone shops a bit differently but generally, people are going back and forth from stores evaluating purchases, making returns or simply not making purchases at all. There is also the upkeep and energy use of the store that one has to consider. Another aspect of shopping that one should take into account is the wastefulness of buying clothes from fast fashion stores, like H&M and Zara. They seem great when you’re getting a new dress for $15 but it will fall apart before you even leave the store and will end up in a landfill, contributing to further wastefulness.
4. Eliminate the Use of Unnecessary Plasticware & Condiments
When ordering takeout, ask for them to leave out the plastic cutlery and napkins, especially if you are having food delivered to your home. The amount of condiments given on just one order can often last you months at a time. If you’re ordering using delivery apps, like Seamless for example, they will give you an option to forego the excessive wastefulness of plastic. Also, any time that a straw with your drink isn’t absolutely necessary, try to survive without it. You’ll find that it only feels necessary because you’re used to it.
5. You Don’t Actually Have to Preheat the Oven
For most recipes, the preheat step isn’t actually necessary and is ultimately a waste of energy. A lot of energy is used to heat up a small space and one won’t ordinarily notice a difference in the quality of the food. You’re also going to have to open the oven up at some point to put the food in, which will waste even more energy. This will be an easy change for the impatient ones who skipped this step anyway.
6. Have Less Children
This is a somewhat controversial approach to saving the planet, although its benefits can’t really be ignored, especially if you were on the fence about having children in the first place. Although this option isn’t mentioned as often as things like recycling, for example, it is actually the best approach to fighting the deterioration of our environment. Depending on where a person lives and their socioeconomic status, their impact will change but it will still be enough to be more notable than any other method. Even if you still chose to have the same number of children, it is good to be aware of your children’s effect on society.