five tips to GO GREEN
I am sure you have heard before all about sustainability. ‘Go green’ is a typical, catchy advertisement slogan used by many companies.
But if they did anyone can do it. So can you. You can go green to your business or your house or your community.
‘Go green’ is not simply a briefly in fashion initiative, it became a movement on sustainability and it has spread all around the globe.
On the other hand there a number of choices for you to ‘go green’. I am listing the five options that are available that have the greatest impacts on sustainability.
The three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Wastes are a huge problem for the environment. After industrialization, wastes seem to be alive trying to bury us all. Just notice your street when the collecting employees are on strike!
And if you think that this is disgusting in your town, go to the numerous unlicensed landfills of the countryside. You can find everything there!
Now if you are not sure which R you should move towards, I will recommend the two first ones more.
Recycle is not so sustainable alternative as it is usually assumed. The whole process is money and energy-consuming.
Chose to reduce your wastes in simple ways like chose reusable glass over plastic, or containers overwrapping.
Reuse I believe is more fun. Upcycling is so much more accepted right now that you can actually use the things you think are ‘junks’.
Just let your imagination free. Whatever you choose to do not only do it but also say the story how-where-when-why to your customers/neighbors to influence them.
Manage your water consumption
Freshwater is a nonrenewable resource and so we must be very cautious about consumption.
The best solution in water management is reducing consumption by changing habits. This includes closing the tap when you do need it between.
However, there are more technologically advanced alternatives, i.e. using your greywater for watering your garden.
Greywater is the water you already consumed and with installing a system (yes a lot of pipes come on mind) you can divert it to be used again.
Do you not want to spend money? Use your rainwater by storing it in winter.
However you want to design your water management strategy, it will end up saving you money (even for the more expensive solution).
Energy conservation and sustainability
The energy industry produces a higher amount of emissions from potentially any other industry. So it is important to consider adding saving techniques to your everyday life.
The positive side is that advancing technology means less energy consumption. So if you are purchasing new products add it to your list of must-have features.
There also a number of energy-saving tips. Number one and very important is…yes you may have quested it..turn the lights off.
In general, if you want to save energy you should turn everything off when you do not use them.
There also a number of products in the market that save a lot of energy, like lightning bolts.
Again they may be more expensive but in the long run, you will notice that your bill is getting lower and lower.
Eco-labels: Use them to show your care for the planet
There are a number of ways to show all your efforts on your ‘go green’ transformation and your participation in the ‘sustainability’ race.
If you are a business owner you may consider being certified by the ISO 14000 family on Environmental management.
This will help you also because there are rules to obey and you will manage your strategy better.
You may be also want to register on the EU EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme). To reach your green message to your customer you can use ecolabelling.
If you are going green for your household, share what experience is teaching you. There is power in the numbers.
Environmental education to ‘build’ awareness
It all starts by educating yourself and others (employees, children, neighbors, friends, etc.) on sustainability. Imagine a world that nothing from the above is explained, and we are doing everything unconsciously. That is where we should aim for.
Environmental education means to inform someone with the objective of shifting habits on environmental protection. There are many ways to do so.
For children, there are books and exercises to choose from. Make it fun!
For adults, seminars are the best way to educate people, stressing them out of the great impact their actions will have on the environment.
Other ways are festivals or theater performances where everyone can participate. Whatever you want to provide education, make sure you engage everyone.
All of us can create disruption but also provide a solution.
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