Unless you have been living under a stone for the last few decades, you can’t have failed to notice that human activity and consumer culture is having a negative effect on Mother Nature. Nobody is perfect, but as we move into the third decade on the twenty-first century, it time to think about making sure that your consumption habits leave as small an environmental impact as possible. There are a number of simple things you can do to reduce your environmental footprint, some of which are listed in this helpful eBook. Read on for a list of five eco-friendly ideas to factor into your New Year’s resolutions in 2020.
- Reduce Food Miles
One of the easiest way to reduce your environmental impact is to make an effort to buy locally produced food. Do as much of your grocery shopping at local shops, and if you have to go to the supermarket, check the origin of the food you buy. The small extra cost of products with fewer food miles is worth it for the environment.
- Conserve Electricity
It sounds obvious, but the environment does not thank you for leaving your laptop or lights on while go take a trip down to the shops. With the future of the planet on the line, it is time to start making a big effort to cut down on the amount of energy you consume.
- Cut Down on Meat Consumption
The resources needed to produce a single hamburger are shocking. Throughout its lifetime, each cow consumes an inordinate amount of water and grain, and the land needed for livestock farming could be used in a much more efficient way. Shifting to a plant-based diet is one of the most important steps you can take in the New Year to take care of the planet.
- Use Less Plastic
Studies have shown that micro-particles of plastic are now present in the air we breathe and the water we drink. Do your best to avoid an unnecessary use of plastic containers and bags. The environment will thank you!
- Change Your Travel Habits
If you have a bicycle and the weather is not too bad, use it! Not only will you be doing your bit to save the planet, but you will also get a dose of fresh air that will brighten up your day.
It is not too late to make a change! Beat the negativity and do your bit by reducing your environmental footprint in 2020!