4 Ways to Clean Up Your Bad Habits
Most people contribute negatively to the environment. If you drive a gas-guzzler, smoke, or even drink too many bottles of water, you’re included in that category. If you look in the mirror one day, you’ll probably find that some of your habits could definitely be cleaned up a bit to help the environment. Below is a list of ways to clean up your terrible habits so that you can wake up in the morning feeling like you’re helping your earth a little bit.
1. Purchase a Vehicle with Better Fuel Economy
If you’re driving a gigantic truck and you’re not a construction worker, consider getting rid of that useless thing and get a more conventional vehicle. Not only does driving a truck cost you an incredible amount of money in gas, it also hurts the environment almost as much as a serious sports car. If you purchase a Civic or Prius, you’ll get at least twice as many mpg, and you’ll even be able to fit in parking spaces much better. Imagine that.
2. Refill Water Bottles
If you drink several bottles of water a day, you’re seriously contributing negatively to our environment. Forgot about all of those crazy news stories about how it’s not that big of a deal, because it is. Consider just refilling the same bottle over and over again with clean and cold water from a water fountain. But if your problem is that you don’t like that chlorine taste, try getting a water filter for your home. If you drink a lot of water, you could even get a large container for your water at the store to refill.
3. Use Green Cleaning Products
There are a lot of cleaning products out there that emit harmful chemicals into the air. If your entire cleaning arsenal is full of these, you’re doing nothing but harm. A lot of stores are selling green cleaning supplies in the same aisle as their harmful chemicals, so you can easily find it. The best part about it is that these green cleaners are about the same price as others and clean just as well. Why use chemicals that harm if you can get green items that don’t harm?
4. Reduce Your Plastic Usage
Using a ton of plastic cups and plates is especially bad for the environment if companies need to keep using this particularly harmful material to produce more. If you at least use paper cups and plates, you’ll get the same use out of them that you see with plastic cups and plates except that you can recycle them. This isn’t even a big step toward going green; you barely need to change anything with this one. It might even be cheaper to begin purchasing paper goods rather than plastic. If you look around online or at the various stores in your area, you’ll notice this for sure. If you need to spend an extra 10 cents for paper goods, it’s not that big of a deal if you’re helping the environment.
If you follow these helpful tips that don’t take much life changing to do (except for the car, I suppose. But you’ll need a new car sooner or later!), you’ll be well on your way to being a positive contributor to the environment.