Published on : 20 December 20234 min reading time
There’s no doubt about it, plastic is increasingly tarnishing life on land and at sea. Yet there are plenty of simple things that people can do at home to help preserve the environment. It’s worth noting that when we make small mistakes, they can threaten the environment. Eco-gardening, waste sorting, eco-friendly travel – there are a number of gestures that need to be adopted and applied as a matter of urgency.
Preserving precious resources
Water and air are two of the most precious resources to be conserved. So, to effectively reduce your daily water consumption, the first thing you need to do is regularly turn off the tap when washing your hands or brushing your teeth. It’s also essential to install a low-flow aerator on your faucet or showerhead. This device can reduce water consumption by up to half. Better still, we strongly recommend inserting a water carafe in your refrigerator. The aim is to have fresh water available on demand to avoid wasting tap water. You should also wait until the dishwasher is full before feeding it. Finally, it’s best not to spend too much time in the shower. As far as air is concerned, there’s no denying that without it, life would be quite impossible. In fact, air provides oxygen, an essential part of our daily lives. With each inhalation, we absorb not just oxygen, but other toxic particles and gases. To avoid illnesses caused by air pollution or to preserve the ecology, it is undeniable that we must avoid endangering the atmosphere. For further information, click on sosnature.org.
Sorting waste and preserving biodiversity
Some municipalities already have recycling programs in place. To effectively avoid landfill waste, it’s best to minimize landfill use as much as possible. There are other ways to reduce the amount of waste you create every day. First and foremost, you need to buy products that are both reusable and durable. Stop buying disposable or poor-quality equipment. Instead of buying new items, repair your old ones immediately. And don’t go for products that come in a lot of packaging. Bulk products, on the other hand, won’t disappoint you either in terms of quality or convenience. When you visit a grocery store, always carry your own reusable bag to limit its use. What’s more, most municipalities now ban the use of pesticides. Pesticides are among the toxic products that are harmful to humans, animals and, above all, the environment. To preserve the environment, many gardening centers and online sites offer advice on the most natural way to control pests in your garden. What’s more, if you’re planning to add new plants to your garden, start with species that require little water. For example, you can plant native species. These require very little water and are equally suited to our environment.
Reduce the use of chemicals
Today, there are many chemical products that are totally harmful to humans, the environment, animals and plants – in short, to nature. For this reason, their use must be rapidly reduced, or even made impossible. Before rushing out to buy any product, don’t forget to check its labels, and as far as possible, avoid buying toxic products. Also, opt especially for products based on natural ingredients such as vinegar and bicarbonate to clean your household appliances and equipment. Banish non-harmful products from the market right away. If your electronic devices – batteries, cell phones and propane tanks – are looking bad, don’t throw them away. There are now many establishments and specialized centers that collect these failing items.
Choosing environmentally-friendly means of transport
It’s important to note that today’s modes of transport can have an impact on the environment, particularly the climate. There are several ways of getting around more cleanly. For example, you can take the train if you’re travelling long distances. On the other hand, walking is a real asset not only for the environment, but also for your health. Better still, try cycling for short trips. Not only is it practical, it’s also very economical. Last but not least, there’s nothing to stop you taking public transport, which is much faster than pleasure cars, while polluting less.