By Nadia Ghazali
It’s hard to admit but Kermit the Frog was right, “It’s not easy being green.” Sometimes we forget to do those little things that helps save Mother Earth and sometimes it is more convenient not to (gasp!). However, here are some easy tips and tricks you can do to make your day-to-day routine a little bit greener.
What you buy have real impact to the environment. So, before you trot your way to the big-name retailers, try rummaging through OpShops, garage sales or online marketplace for pre-loved items. Whether you are looking for clothes, home décor or a new book, consider buying second-hand pieces – not only will it reduce your carbon footprint, but also add an eclectic charm and character to your collection.
Unless you are pressed for time and/or the destination you are heading to is not easily accessible, hop on your city’s public transportation network. When you are going to work or running chores, take your bicycle out or organise a carpool group. It is great for the environment, as well as your personal health and social life too!
Bring a Tumbler
It is tempting to just buy bottled water while you are out and about. Instead, bring a small tumbler with you all the time and refill it whenever you see a water fountain standing around. Bottled water is not only expensive, but it results in mountainous amount of container waste.
It is a waste of energy to leave your lights turned on the whole day. To manage this, invest in a few detectors or timers that you can program. This way, your lights will only be turned on at a specified time or when it is triggered by the lack of light and movements.
Do It the Old Way
Skip the dishwasher – a sink-full of soapy water and a dish rack will do the same by using less water and energy. Unless you live somewhere where the appearance of the sun is rare, ditch the dryer and hang your laundry on the clothesline – the sun is a more effective clothes drier and your laundry will smell better.