Did you know that all our daily actions produce CO2? From sending an email to watching a soccer game to over-lighting a room: today, it’s a priority to think about what we do every day and how it can make a difference in saving the planet. And because change starts with small actions, here are the daily things you can do to save the planet.
REDUCE WATER CONSUMPTION
How often do we run the tap water unnecessarily? It happens when we brush our teeth, but also when we wash our dishes, fruits and vegetables. Or how often do we use the washing machine and dishwasher without filling them completely? Reducing water consumption is an action that, added to that of billions of people, would certainly have a positive impact on the environment.
REDUCE ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION
Homes are full of appliances and technological objects that consume energy, but very often, by distraction or bad habits, there is a real waste of energy. We could, certainly, start with an apparent banality, namely to turn off the lights in the rooms where there is no one, until using energy saving bulbs. And be careful not to leave more than necessary under load cell phones, PCs and tablets!
The differentiated collection of waste can no longer be an option, institutions as well as individuals can no longer ignore the impact of indiscriminate waste production. Differentiating, avoiding waste, reducing unnecessary packaging, not choosing disposable plates and cutlery, is essential to change course and reduce waste.
The sharing economy is a modern phenomenon that affects many areas of our lives: from the private sphere to work and leisure. It is based on recycling, borrowing and renting for a set period of time and helps us optimize available resources and waste less.
Car-sharing and bike-sharing are now services that contribute to reducing gas and smog emissions, both by reducing the number of polluting vehicles on the road and by using bikes. Several companies have embraced the sharing philosophy by connecting carriers and users to optimize empty trips for freight transportation and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Choose mostly 0 km products and do not buy in excess! Choose fresh food and learn about the production process. According to a Coldiretti study, a family that eats local and seasonal food can save up to 1000 kg of carbon dioxide.
It is also good to remember that intensive livestock farming has a very strong impact on the environment, so it can be useful to reduce the consumption of meat and fish. A varied diet, composed mainly of fruits, vegetables and vegetable proteins is good for your body, but also for the Earth!
OPTIMIZE THE HEATING
Yes, it can be nice to stay in short sleeves in the house, but let’s face it, it’s not essential! In fact, you can have a warm house while optimizing consumption, so avoid keeping the heating of your house at a temperature higher than 19°. And replace old windows and doors to improve energy efficiency!
USE RECYCLED PAPER
Here again, avoid printing documents unless absolutely necessary, as they will quickly go into the trash. The environment will thank you!
Don’t pollute the water table, there are many ecological and natural products on the market that help us respect the environment and take care of ourselves!
GIVE OBJECTS A LONGER LIFE
It would be enough to use a garment for at least 9 months to reduce its impact by 20 to 30% on the greenhouse effect, water resources and the waste system. Think about it before throwing away a piece of clothing, lending items or selling your used goods will allow you to subtract 5 to 10% of potential waste from the environment.
PLANT A TREE
A medium-sized tree can absorb about 6 kg of CO2 per year. So make room for urban gardens and greenery in the city.