7 ways and 70 tips for the care of the environment

Numbers that scare of our environment

Plastic 2

9
MILLIONS​

"TONS OF PLASTIC WASTE END UP IN THE OCEAN EVERY YERAR"

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3,5 
MILLIONS​

"PEOPLE DIE EVERY YEAR FROM WATER RELATED DISEASES. MOST OF THESE PEOPLE ARE CHILDREN (2.2 MILLION)"

Bear 1

4
FOOTBALL STADIUM

"THEY ARE DEFILE IN THE ARCTIC PER MINUTE BECAUSE OF GLOBAL WARMING"

These are numbers that worry us all but ..¿What are you doing to take care of our planet?

It's time to take action! Please implement these tips from today

1 – REDUCE FOOD WASTE

The causes of food waste or loss are numerous and occur at the stages of producing, processing, retailing and consuming. The environment is one of the biggest affected by food waste as these involve the use of fertilizers and pesticides. In addition, the use of gasoline for transport generates methane and carbon dioxide, two of the most harmful gases for the greenhouse effect and climate change.

 

HOW CAN I DO IT?

 

1. Don’t overbuy. Keep track of what you’ve bought and used. We suggest taking a photo of your fridge and cupboards to remind you of what’s there.

2. Check the use-by dates of fresh food when you buy it. These are the dates to take notice of, rather than the best-before dates. Only buy what you can use before it expires.

3. Plan ahead. Think about what you’re going to cook and how you’ll deal with the leftovers.

4. Get to know your grocer. They will have plenty of advice on how to use up leftovers.

5. Use your freezer. Use your weekends to batch-cook and freeze.

2 – AVOID SINGLE USE PLASTIC

 

Plastic pollution can affect the land, the oceans and other water courses such as lakes and rivers. It is estimated that 9 million metric tons (MT) of plastic waste enters the ocean from coastal communities each year, 90% of all ocean plastic enters the ocean through river mouths. Living organisms, particularly marine animals, can be harmed either by mechanical effects, such as entanglement in plastic objects, problems related to ingestion of plastic waste or through exposure to chemicals within plastics that interfere with their physiology. Humans are also affected by plastic pollution, such as through disruption of various hormonal mechanisms.

HOW CAN I DO IT?

 

1. Pack your lunch in glass containers instead of plastic. Ditch the plastic Ziplock baggie and use something more eco-friendly than single-use plastic. There are many brands that make glass containers with lids for all of your packed-food needs.

2. Avoid snacks/food with excess packaging. You buy a huge plastic bag filled with even smaller plastic bags of snack-size chips, think of all the unnecessary packing that goes into the food on the shelf.

 3. Stop using plastic cutlery. When you get a take-out order, you will automatically be given a set of plastic cutlery. Before you take your food, make sure to ask for no plastic fork, spoon, or knife.

 4. Choose cardboard over plastic when you can. Cardboard can be more easily recycled and, compared to plastic, it has a way faster biodegradability rate.

 5. Swap out your plastic toothbrush. Whether you believe it or not, every single toothbrush affects the environment.

3 – REDUCE AIR POLLUTION

 

Air pollution occurs when harmful or excessive quantities of substances including gases, particles, and biological molecules are introduced into Earth’s atmosphere. It may cause diseases, allergies and even death to humans; it may also cause harm to other living organisms such as animals and food crops, and may damage the natural or anthropic environment. Both human activity and natural processes can generate air pollution.

 

HOW CAN I DO IT?

 

1. Avoid using your car. Use your vehicle much less frequently. Share the trip, walk or use public transport.

 2. Drive Responsibly. Respect the speed limits, try to save gas and carry your car with little weight.

 3. Comply with regular technical verification of the car. To make sure you do not consume additional fuel. This will not only save you money but your car will also last longer, and help the planet by the way.

 4. Keep the car tires properly inflated. The car consumes more fuel when the tires are not properly inflated and aligned.

 5. Buy green vehicles. Buy vehicles and other items that are useful for the environment.

 

4 – PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR LIGHTS

Artificial light at night is one of the most obvious physical changes that humans have made to the biosphere and is the easiest form of pollution to observe from space. The main environmental impacts of artificial light are due to light’s use as an information source (rather than an energy source). The hunting efficiency of visual predators generally increases under artificial light, changing predator prey interactions. Artificial light also affects dispersal, orientation, migration, and hormone levels, resulting in disrupted circadian rhythms.

 

HOW CAN I DO IT?

 

1. Reduce the power. It is not necessary to light a room too much. Choose light bulbs whose power matches the purpose of the room and the atmosphere you would like to create.

2. Avoid multiple accessories. The more lights you have, the more power you will use.

3. Use multiple switches. If you have to move a distance greater than usual to turn off the light is likely that you would keep these lights on, use multiple switches to avoid leaving the light on when it is not necessary.

4. Install the attenuators. Attenuation reduces the amount of electricity used by light and increases the useful life of low-voltage lighting, such as halogen downlights.

5. Use lamps. An electric lamp will give you enough light at a lower cost than a higher light. It can also improve the ambiance of a room or, if necessary, provide focused light for tasks such as sewing.

5 – STOP USING PAPER

Worldwide, the pulp and paper industry is the fifth largest consumer of energy, accounting for four percent of all the world’s energy use. However, the entire paper and printing sector contributes less than 1% to the global greenhouse gas inventory due to the very high use of renewable energy, mostly biomass. Worldwide consumption of paper has risen by 400% in the past 40 years, with 35% of harvested trees being used for paper manufacture. Plantation forests, from where the majority of wood for pulping is obtained, is generally a monoculture and this raises concerns over the ecological effects of the practice.

HOW CAN I DO IT?

  

1. Do you really need to print this?. The easiest option is to print but do you really need to have that document on paper? A good exercise is to think this every time you click on the “Print” button.

2. Use both sides of the sheet of paper. Doing this reduces 50% of the paper you were going to consume. This action is of a very great impact.

3. Avoid printing out single line emails. Think twice before printing a line from an email or a text document.

4. Use technology. Electronic mail, Internet, Intranets and document scanners can radically reduce paper use, while also saving you time and money. You can use Apps like Evernote, OnePage, etc.

5. Recycle paper. You can collect the paper that you no longer need and that you have printed on only one side to print on the other side.

6 – REDUCE THE USE OF CLEANING AGENTS

Environmental impacts of cleaning agents are the consequences of chemical compounds in cleaning products. Cleaning agents can be bioactive with consequences ranging from mild to severe. Developmental and endocrine disruptors have been linked to cleaning agents.

HOW CAN I DO IT?

 

1. Use cleaning products with the best performance. It is a mistake to think that the cheapest maintains the same quality as a product superior in price. Cleaning products come in different concentrations with different active ingredients and performance levels.

2. Foaming is good. The total cost of hand soap can vary widely between brands, dispensers and types of soap. Sparkling hand soaps use a special dispenser to add air to the product.

3. Clean more frequently. If there is less dirt, then it is easier to clean and use fewer products. Give surfaces a quick clean before they get dirty to reduce the need for deep cleaning and save time and money in the long term.

4. Clean properly always. Ensure that correct methods are used in the cleaning process. This will save you time and money.

5. Buy reusable bottles. By doing so, you will save money and help reduce the use of plastic.

7 – SHOP RESPONSIBLE

The impact of excess shopping is directly related to the production and transportation process. The emission of greenhouse gases from the transportation of purchases has a high impact on global warming. Reducing unnecessary consumption will save money and also help taking care of the environment.

HOW CAN I DO IT? 

1. Shop online. According to this analysis, 22 percent of a garment’s climate impact comes from a consumer’s process leading to the store.

2. Look for certifications. The Forest Stewardship Council certification indicates that all the trees involved were harvested sustainably.

3. Avoid these tissues. The polyester is made of oil and all the synthetic fibers throw microfibers to the watercourses. Acrylic is even more toxic to produce than polyester.

4. Buy second-hand. Second-hand shops can only resell about 20 to 45 percent of unwanted threads — the rest is downcycled into insulation, carpeting, or rags, or (if it’s still wearable) shipped to developing countries to be resold for a few dollars.

5. Improve your wardrobe. The best thing you can do is just buy less stuff. And you can buy less stuff if you buy things that are timeless and high-quality enough to last a long time.

 

5 thoughts on “7 ways and 70 tips for the care of the environment

  1. P.Goodwin

    Stop flying everywhere. Planes are massive polluters. Foreign holidays are an obscenity.

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  2. Judith van Dijkhuizen

    Ok. So I would only buy the food I need if I could choose how much I buy rather than a ‘family pack’. I don’t have a freezer. I didnt’ know about the paper, but what about the carbon footprint of using electronics. Most of these things I do anyway.

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  3. Christina

    What’s about all the petrochemicals in personality care products, perfume, deodorants, hair products, aftershave and creams etc These things are just as dangerous to the planet. Many more people people have asthma and see dying of illnesses of the lungs. Please can we learn before we causes more of damage to the planet and our health 🌞

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  4. J Willis

    I feel as if the message is finally finding it’s way into the wider population that the way we are currently living is highly self destructive to human life and it’s continuity.
    However the forces against are powerful and the effects will impact enormously on the capitalist way of life and the consumer society.
    Where will it all end . Will our grandchildren live longer because of the reduced threat of polluted air to breathe or will greedy big business prevail and continue to be allowed to expand their profits, selling everything from flights, plastic carpets, plastic clothes, polluting vehicles, throw away furniture, white goods (complete with built in short life expectancy/object obsolescence ?

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