An Eco-Conscious Lifestyle For Everyone Everyday
The dictionary says eco-conscious means having a concern for the environment. There are many organizations dedicated to environmental issues and many laws in place to protect the environment. And there are even laws in place to make sure companies don't use the "ECO" terms in misleading ways.
So why is it that after 40 years or so of big concern for the environment, people are not more aware of ways to live an eco-conscious lifestyle? There seems to be a disconnect between the environmental "authoritities" and day-to-day life activities. We've all heard about "pollution" (air and water) and about littering, mainly because of the heavy fines imposed if you do either one of them. Some areas of the country were mandating recycling years ago while other areas have just recently started a voluntary recycling program. We are now more aware of our electricity usage. However, is it to save the environment or is it to save money on our electric bills? Most people do not know that the landfills are overflowing with clothes. Since there are no fines involved with throwing out clothes (to my knowledge), most people aren't conscious of the quantities of discarded clothes or its effect on the environment.
All of us have to be conscious of the environment so that the next generations will be able to live on this earth. We have put together a list of some of our tips for being eco-conscious in your daily life:
- Keep a recycle container(s) in your kitchen
- Keep a recycle container in each bathroom - there is a surprising amount of recyclable trash found in the bathroom wastebasket
- Turn on lights and appliances only when needed (walk through your home to see how many lights or TVs are on in an empty room)
- Wear your clothes until worn out
- Turn worn out clothes into rags and use for cleaning, working on the car
- Donate unwanted clothes/household items to a local charity or thrift store that accepts donations (make sure the charity/thrift store works with a local recycling company for any unwanted items)
- Repurpose - for example, the plastic wrapping around an 8-pack of paper towels can be used as a small trash bag for trash or recyclables, create something beautiful and useful out of an empty coffee can.
- Buy local when possible - the less traveling a product has to do to get to market, the less fuel is used, the less pollution is emitted.
- Buy secondhand - for personal use and for gifts.
Some jurisdictions charge residents by the amount they throw out. Perhaps if people start (or increase) their recycling, reusing, and repurposing practices now, it will prevent the mandatory charges for trash disposal that are likely in our future.