10 Little Things You Can Do To Save Our Environment
India just celebrated its 63rd Independence Day. More important than wearing your flag on your chest and wearing your patriotism on sleeve, is what you are doing to contribute to make this country a better place – in your own little way.
Here are some little but required things that we can do (not just here in India but wherever you are), if you have others, please feel free to post them as comments! We can all contribute to the cause of the environment. This will help us, and more so the generations that will follow after us.
- Turn off the computer once you are done: Always try to turn off the computer when you are done using it. This not only saves electricity, but also gives your computer some time to cool off and refresh!
Note: Do remember to save all the recent updates before closing files and documents. This will ensure that you save yourself the trouble of rework while you continue to save the environment.
- Turn of the internet connection: More often than not, especially when we have WiFi connections at home, we tend to shut down the computer, however, might forget to turn the internet connection. So, it might be important to remember that even if in small quantities even the internet connection consumes electricity. Leaving the internet connection also amounts to wastage.
- Use web and online banking: Web banking is an option that most banks today offer. So, whenever possible, try and do all your bill payments and other banking transfers and investments. Additionally, if it’s convenient, request for online statements for your credit card bills.
- Don’t print it all out: Well, when you need to print, print two pages on each page. If you need only one page on each page, make them back-to-back printouts, meaning print on both sides of the paper. Long story short, we must have a really good reason to cut the only trees left out there guys!
- Do not trash the streets, carry a trash bag: It’s important to remember that we live in the same junk that we create. So, do not throw stuff on the road, instead carry a trash bag. That can easily be kept in your pocket or in your carryon bag. Use the trash bag through the entire journey and dunk it in the trashcan when you are done.
- Treat the street like you would your house: Would you throw trash around the house, or spit anywhere, or urinate anywhere? I guess not. In the same spirit, treat the streets like you would your house. Ensure that you contribute by keeping the same level of resistance when it comes to the street. Do not add to the woes of others; help keep your city and your surroundings clean.
- Carpool, bike pool, or use public transport: Know a friend in the neighborhood that goes to the same area as you? The neighborhood shop is at walk able distance? Reduce your carbon footprint – carpool to work and back, if possible. Walk to the shop that is in your neighborhood – not only does this reduce your carbon footprint, it also makes you fitter!
- Say no to plastic and paper covers: Surprised? When most people are talking about substituting paper to plastic, why are we telling you to avoid paper covers as well? Simple, cause excess use of paper leads to deforestation. Let us say you go to a medical store and you buy two medicines that can easily slip into your pocket, avoid using the paper that the shop owner will provide to you. It’s as simple as that.
- Each drop contains: Save water, apart from the regular closing the taps and showers after you are done, you could additionally do one more thing – Use a bucket in the place of a shower. You tend to use up a lot more water while you use the shower as opposed to bathing with a bucket. Here’s an idea, indulge in the good old brass bucket. Not only does this add spunk to your bathroom, it also helps you save water! What’s more, traditionally, it is supposed to be awesome for your body.
- Personal hygiene, first: It might be funny that this point was put out here in the end, but it must be said that this is truly a vital point. Simple things like washing your hands before a meal and after you use the restroom, using a handkerchief, and staying indoors when you are unwell, are the little things that you can do to ensure that you do not pass on infections to others, as well as protect you from other infections that might come by your way.
Now that we have specified 10 things you can do, share your thoughts on what else you think you can do. We are sure this is a limited list and that you can come up with a lot more options on saving the environment.
More power to us!