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10 Easy Ways to Be More Eco-Friendly

10 Easy Ways to Be More Eco-Friendly

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Being eco-friendly is essentially about building a lifestyle that minimizes your impact to the environment. It is about making conscious choices that promote positive behaviors and habits that help you protect the natural environment in small ways. It is about taking small steps and doing simple things that are good for the planet. Here are some of the easy ways to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

  1. Eat less meat. Being eco-friendly does not have to mean shunning meat completely if you are not ready to make that kind of commitment. Eating less meat is already a small step towards the right direction. You can start with one or two meatless meals per week. Explore other sources of proteins you typically get from meat. You might be surprised how easy it becomes over time.
  2. Choose green transport. Find ways to green your transport. Use public transportation, consider car-pooling, start biking, or travel on foot more. These options put a lot less strain on the environment, especially cycling and walking that release zero emission.
  3. Buy less, live with less. Take a leaf off the minimalists’ playbook. Start living with less. Buy less stuff like clothes and other items. Things accumulate over time and many of them eventually end up in landfills.
  4. Limit food waste. Be a conscious shopper and eater. Check expiration dates when buying food products. Know the shelf life of fresh produce and other food items. Donate what you cannot consume to a local shelter. Eat leftovers. When eating out, check portion sizes before ordering your meals. Take leftovers home with you to eat for later.
  5. Use less packaging. Bring reusable bags and containers when shopping. Buy in bulk and choose items with minimal packaging. Choose products with reusable packaging or containers.
  6. Grow your own food. Start an edible garden. Grow fruits, vegetables, and herbs in your backyard or in containers that you can easily fit in whatever small space you have.
  7. Start composting. You can make your own organic fertilizer for your plants. Use natural kitchen and other household wastes for composting.
  8. Shop at the farmers’ market. Buy fresh produce and other food products from your local farmers’ market. Choose in-season fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients.
  9. Learn various ways to preserve food. Preserving food not only helps cut down food waste. It is also a great way to make reuse jars and other containers you may have. You can learn how to make fruit preserves, can vegetables, dry or smoke meat, and more.
  10. Conserve water. Checking for leaks in pipes, taking shorter showers, and using collected rainwater are just some of the many ways you can conserve water. If you are not collecting rainwater yet, now is a good time to start.