The statistics on environmental degradation are overwhelming. Our environment is rapidly buckling under the strain of pollution, wastage, overconsumption, threats to marine life and wildlife and a myriad of other ecological problems. This dismal reality is also affecting our health, homes and wellbeing.
You may ask: How can one person make a difference?
Consumers have come to play an increasingly critical role in environmental preservation. As a consumer, your day-to-day habits have the power to combat pollution, environmental degradation and unchecked consumerism. Here’s how you can make a daily difference with ecological sustainability.
Lifestyle changes such as using less energy at home and while commuting can go a long way to help the environment. You can scale back on your automobile usage by driving less and walking or bicycling more. At home, you can help conserve energy by turning off energy vampires at night – the devices which might not be in use but which continue to consume energy even when on standby – such as televisions, personal computers, WiFi routers and more.
Recycle Your Plastic
Try observing the amount of plastic you use and dispose of in a single week. From drink bottles to wrappers on household items, we habitually contribute to plastic pollution every day. So, skip the plastic when you can and recycle all your plastic packaging.
Recycle Electronic Junk
Sorting paper and plastic is easy. But what about all the other junk including harmful materials such as computer parts, home appliances, batteries and printer cartridges? You can always deposit such kind of trash at recycling centres instead.
Maximise Laundry Days
Another way to conserve our planet’s water resources is to cut down on our laundry and use of the washing machine. Set aside dirty laundry until you have enough for a full load to maximise a laundry cycle. Also, let your clothes dry naturally on a clothesline instead of using a dryer that consumes a lot of energy.
Reduce Fast Fashion
The production of just one piece of clothing consumes a lot of resources and hurts the environment. Think of the total impact of the emergence of fast fashion and a subsequent throwaway culture! While buying less is the ultimate solution, you can also donate clothes you no longer wear to various charities instead of throwing them away.
There are many ways to be environmentally responsible. While brands like Jordan constantly look for bigger ways to protect Mother Nature and produce more environmentally sustainable products and processes, we can practice going green through our day-to-day habits. Together, we can help save the scarce natural resources of our planet and everything that thrives on it.
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