5 habits you can change now to be more green
Whether or not you’ve been following our previous blog posts (and I hope you have!), we all know by now that it is crucial for us to play a role in the green movement. But where should we start? How can we actually walk the talk? Here are our top 5 tips for you to make your life greener than before.
1. Refuse Take-away Cutlery
Most cutleries are made from polystyrene-1, the most infamous type of plastic that cannot be recycled. Many green organizations are already urging companies to dump the waste and use either “vegware” or metal cutlery. One way by which we can help protect the environment is to buy a metal cutlery kit, which typically costs around HK$100 but can be used for years. Starting to use your own cutlery in front of your colleagues can also encourage them to join in as well.
2. Refuse Disposable Bottles and Plastic Cups
Last year alone, only 23% of disposable water bottles were recycled in America. Use a Nalgene bottle instead. That’s a great way for us to up those numbers and cut our expenses spent on bottled water each year. The average Nalgene bottle costs around HKD$100 while one can spend up to thousands of dollars a year on bottled water. A better and greener way to save money, doesn’t that sound amazing? (Yes indeed.)
3. Keep a Small Tote Bag with You Wherever You Go
Dumping and recycling plastic bags have long been the ambition of various global organization, from the EU which vows to recycle 55% of all plastic by 2030 to Coca-Cola which plans to recycle 100% of its packaging by 2030. Tote bag is a must if you are determined to help out. For an average family, 1,500 plastic bags are used each year. That would have been 1,000 bags saved if we choose tote bags instead! Now put that figure in mind and imagine how “bigly” we can cut the use of plastic bags each year if millions of families around the world help out! Definitely a sight right?
4. Buy in Bulk When Grocery Shopping
Probably unsurprisingly by now, there are 80 million tons of waste from packaging and containers every year in America. Buying bulk is, again, another way for you to bring some good to the environment and your monthly savings figure. For example, in the UK buying organic rolled oats (bulk) is 220% cheaper than buying the same amount of organic packaged oats (single servings). It is also upon the stores to make sure that food is stored air tight and able to be consumed over a longer period of time. The environment and your wallet would thank you for buying bulk.
5. Reduce Phantom Power Consumption
Phantom Power Consumption refers to the energy used by appliances and electronics when they are turned off but still plugged in to a power outlet. This power consumption can account for as much as 10 percent of your electricity bill. All you have to do is to pull the plug on appliances that you’re not going to use. That’s all. And for items that cannot be easily plugged, get the ones that have high ratings in terms energy efficiency on their energy labels (or more simply, find green words on energy labels.) That’s a way to reduce the energy “leaked” which contributes to 5% of total energy usage in America.
These 5 ways are just 5 more compelling arguments that protecting the environment is also a direct way to improve your life. Living green has evolved from a fancy word out-of-touch people use to show prestige to a global movement that brings you multiple benefits, instead of inconvenience. These 5 ways are easy steps for you to jumpstart your green lifestyle.