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7 small ways to be eco-friendly

With the wave of concern over climate change echoing throughout the world, here’s how you can do your bit to help the environment.

There are a lot of little ways in which you can decrease your environmental impact. None of them are too difficult to implement, and may even save you money in the long run. Read on to see how you can reduce your carbon footprint, and leave a green one instead:

Take public transport more often

This one’s a doozy, but it’s important to repeat. Even if the public transport system isn’t always infallible, it can sometimes be the best alternative to being stuck in traffic for ages in peak times. Even if it means you have to walk a little further to get to work walking from the train station rather than the carpark, a little extra exercise never hurt anyone.

Dispose of old batteries properly

Recycling small batteries is one of the best ways to prevent unnecessary environmental pollution, because the materials can be reused. It’s not limited to batteries, either – all types of mobile phones and light bulbs can be recycled and reused. And all you have to do is drop off any of the above at certain service centres and libraries. If you live in Sydney, these locations are more than willing to accept your old batteries.

Buy a reusable coffee cup

A lot of coffee shops even give a discount when you bring in your own coffee cup! You’ll be saving money while saving the environment. In case you’re not sure where to start with buying one of these magical money-saving beverage holders, check out these SoL-ful cups.

sol-cups(Image via SoL Cups)

Use CFL lighting

How many lightbulbs does it take to change the environment? By using CFLs as lightbulbs – short for ‘compact fluorescent lamps’ – you’ll use less energy and have lightbulbs that last between four and ten times longer than incandescent bulbs. They may be more expensive when first buying them, but the longevity of them will more than pay for itself.

Unplug devices when they’re not being used

Many of us leave devices on overnight without thinking twice. But even standby devices use a bit of energy, turning them into what some might call ‘energy vampires’, that unnecessarily waste energy and add to your power bill. Before you go to sleep, switch off your TV and chargers, and see how much money you save in the long term.

Line dry instead of using the dryer

It may add an extra step to your weekly chores, but it’ll pay off in the long run. Dryer emissions are costly, for both the environment and your wallet, and hanging your clothes out on a clothing line will save you and the planet in the long run.

Fill your life (and home) with plants

Bring a piece of the outside into your home by redecorating with the environment in mind – with the recent wave of succulent enthusiasts inevitably popping up on Instagram feeds everywhere, you’re probably well-acquainted with the aesthetic appeal of incorporating plants into your décor. But did you know that having plants in your home can decrease flu symptoms by at least 20%?

dan-gold(Image via Dan Gold)
(Feature image via Thomas Verbruggen)
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