Two of the most common excuses most people use are that they have neither the time nor the resources to live a greener life. And while it does take some time to become more aware of how our actions and decisions affect the environment, changing to an ecological lifestyle can actually bring great benefits.
A fortune can be saved
Now that winter is approaching many are considering buying some kind of heaters. Choosing those that ensure good energy efficiency can significantly reduce your annual electricity bill. The same is true for the vast majority of the appliances we have at home.
When it comes to mobility, choosing an eco-friendly vehicle, be it an electric car or a hybrid, also brings big savings in consumption and if possible, the bicycle can be the ideal means of getting around, as it is not only eco-friendly, but in addition to not causing costs or pollution, it is excellent for maintaining a good physical condition.
“The idea of being more respectful of the environment in our daily lives is something we all yearn for. Many of us have already taken some action. But there are too many people who wonder how to do it and whether they will actually, in addition to helping the environment, get some personal benefit.”
The body will appreciate it
Being respectful of the environment in one’s personal life also depends on the choice of food. Opting for organic and ecological brings a variety of long-term health benefits.
Choosing to buy organic products is the best way to achieve a healthy and nutritious diet, and taking care of our body does not seem to be a way to spend money, but to invest it in the best possible way.
Keeps us active
Small changes, such as choosing to ride a bike instead of driving or taking a taxi, not only reduce the number of emissions and pollutants in the air, but it’s a great way to stay healthy and active. Walking to work or the grocery store instead of using a vehicle can meet the daily activity requirements necessary for a truly healthy life.
Caring for water is caring for the future
Clean water is one of our planet’s most precious resources. Being aware of the amount we waste can help reduce stress on treatment systems, ensuring there is enough water for everyone.
A great way to start is to forget about bottled water. This act alone can reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases from transport, as well as the energy needed to produce plastic bottles and in turn reduce the volume of waste deposited in landfills.
Plants can “change your life”.
Back in 1980, NASA researchers discovered that certain indoor plants can reduce indoor pollutants by as much as 87% in just over 24 hours. Having plants in the home is an excellent idea, as contaminants can cause mucosal irritation, headaches, dermatitis, respiratory diseases, and even neuropsychological problems.
Recycling helps you be more creative
Recycling as many products as possible not only saves money and resources, but can also be a great creative outlet for the whole family. Making new things from recycled materials can be a great relaxing weekend activity and will make each of our family members feel involved in the task.
Protect yourself from harmful toxins
Buying “green” products such as cleaning products and cosmetics will eliminate the vast majority of the toxins and chemicals that are often breathed into the skin every day in our homes. This is a great way to protect the whole family from exposure to harsh chemicals, which can cause long-term side effects on your health.
Green homes are more resilient
Furniture can be repainted to change its appearance, without having to make an investment and change everything. If we resort to recycling, we will get more of the same, the investment will be minimal and things will last longer. A “green” house is more durable and will cost less money on repairs and renovations in the future.
A clean and green environment is the best reward
When someone chooses to be more environmentally friendly in their overall life, they are reducing their carbon footprint in a truly effective and participatory way. By taking the necessary steps to reduce the amount of personal pollution, the amount of energy used is reduced, creating a cleaner and greener environment for us and new generations.
Looking the other way does not solve the problems and, as things stand, any minimally sensitive person feels a real dread of thinking what the world will be like in a few years’ time; a world in which our children and grandchildren will live (or will have to survive). This is the moment to rebel against absurd and harmful consumerism for all humanity, not in a violent or extremist way, but in a private and effective way, to change, with small acts, completely destructive habits that harm us all without exception.