10 things that I do to be more eco-friendly

Yesterday was June 5th – the World Environment Day. It is the day when many people plant a sapling to celebrate the importance of the day. But I have often wondered if the same people will remember to water the sapling and ensure that it survives afterwards.

Today, I thought of sharing a few little things that I do to be more eco-friendly.

  1. I am a stickler for conserving water. Skipping the shower in favour of a bucket can save a lot of water. Turning off the tap while brushing, washing your hands, or doing the dishes can save a lot of water too.
  2. I often try to upcycle products into something useful wherever possible. They mostly end up looking like quirky decor pieces but hey, that counts as re-use!
  3. I carry multiple cloth bags in my vehicles so that I don’t have to rely on plastic bags every time I shop!
  4. I don’t litter. I hate it when people travel to scenic locations and leave a mark by littering. Wherever I am, I make it a point to drop the trash at the nearest dustbin.
  5. I am in the process of making the switch to organic cleaning agents that don’t have any adverse effect on the environment.
  6. At work, we ensure that most processes are converted to paperless mode, one-sided sheets don’t go to waste and of course, reduce mistakes while taking a print.
  7. At home, we ensure that, as far as possible, the appliances in our home are energy efficient. We also unplug all unused devices.
  8. I would give a free (often unsolicited) lecture on all of the above points to friends, family, and anyone who would listen when I see them acting like potential eco-terrorists.
  9. I don’t use disposable plastic dishes or containers. Washable, reusable dishes and containers are much better.
  10. I prefer washable and reusable washcloths over disposable paper towels or napkins and handkerchiefs over tissues. This can surely reduce the amount of waste being generated.

There are still so many things that I can do to save the environment. Hopefully, by next year, my list will grow a little more longer.

We did not in inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.

Native American Proverb

We only have one home. Let’s save it before it’s too late. This is a topic that needs urgent attention and immediate action. Let’s act before we have to resort to desperate measures.

Did this post resonate with you? What are the little things that you do to help save the environment? Do drop a comment or two and let me know. 🙂

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83 thoughts on “10 things that I do to be more eco-friendly

  1. Great job you!!! You’re inspiring!!! My bday is earth day so I always try to do my part in any way I can! So much love to you and Mother Earth 🤗🖤🤍

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      1. Aww thank you 🤗, so kind of you! Keeping a high frequency is caring for Mother Earth too, love is always the answer 🖤!!! Keep shining, my friend 💫

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  2. I too, try to do the same but most of the people here make fun of me, saying that I alone cannot save the world. Reading your post reminded me of people like you who are out there, doing their bit in conserving our precious Earth. Well written ♥

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    1. Oh, those people are very mean indeed. I, for one, believe that even a tiny step goes a long way. The change starts within you after all. If we’re able to inspire at least a few more people in the process, that effect would multiply significantly. That’s exactly what I had hoped from this blog post. I’m glad that you’re doing your bit, Sonali. Don’t let the words of those people stop you. What you’re doing matters. I’m glad that this post reminded you that you’re not alone. Thank you, Sonali ❤️

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  3. Love the post! Love that you’re educating friends and family – it is so important.
    I’ve been trying to go sustainable over the past year and it has been a journey! 🙂
    In addition to these –
    I delete all my unread/spam emails. Junk email wastes SO much of energy. I keep my inbox clean.
    I’ve also moved to sustainable soap, shampoo, conditioner.
    I have reduced my shopping and am trying to be a minimalist.
    I shop local products to reduce my carbon footprint.
    I’ve become vegan for 5 days a week! (this one is the toughest of the lot since I love so many dary products)

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    1. Wow. That’s a lot of good steps you’re taking to save the environment, HP. That’s a lot of more helpful tips to be eco-friendly. I’m so glad that you’re doing all that you can. A big thank you for saving the environment 🙂

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  4. A great post! Timely one! I appreciate the efforts you make to save environment. I always keep a hanky with me and never use tissue papers. But use of thermocol in packaging is really disheartening.

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    1. Thank you. I’m so glad you’re doing all that too. You’re right, there’s a lot of wastage in the form of packing materials. The use of thermocol is very disheartening indeed. Thank you so much for reading and for sharing your thoughts.

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  5. Bucket water is an excercise as you bath! 🥴

    I can relate with all others, esp. the decors, bags in vehicle and digital mode. To me, a part of my bag becomes a trashcan when I cant find any. It’s a habit since my childhood.

    I’d like to add something to the list. If you’re keen about becoming sustainable, try using menstrual cups. They’re also economical.

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    1. Indeed. It is a good exercise. I do the same thing too and then I go home and empty the temporary dustbin that used to be my bag! 😂
      Yes. I just bought it. Have got to try it though. They’re economical and they don’t generate any waste at all. Thanks for the suggestion, Anisha. ❤️

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    1. I’m so glad to hear that!
      Yes, I do that for produce too. Of late, even our local shops have switched to cloth bags in a move to reduce plastic consumption.
      Here’s to doing our bit to safe the environment.

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      1. That’s good! Plastic is due to be banned in Canada by the end of the year. We’ll see how it goes though. It was a flop in California

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      2. There was some local ordinance to reduce the use of single-use plastic. It’s going okay so far. Most people have shifted to cloth bags. I hope that it works out in Canada. Single-use plastic is such a menace.

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    1. Thank you, Becca. I’m glad that you have also written about this. I’m even more happy that you’ve tried to convince others to go green. Thanks for sharing the link. I’m heading over to read your post now ☺️

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