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Today’s youth are more concerned about the environment than ever before. Students are trying to incorporate new trends not only in their studies, using modern courses and paper help, but also trends in environmental friendliness. They understand that being aware of this issue allows us to remember that much in protecting the environment and making our places greener, also depends on ourselves. After talking to various experts, we have formulated eight golden rules for students striving to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle.
After all, if you remember that in the two minutes you simply brush your teeth a whole bucket of water flows out of the faucet, and that happens every morning and every evening, you might be tempted to turn off the tap. Up to 15 thousand liters (or 15 cubic meters) per year will save money with a familiar double button on the cistern of the toilet bowl – if, of course, you use this option properly. Of course, all plumbing and water networks in your home must be serviceable and not allow the slightest leakage.
Fortunately, stores are full of products that help you really save both resources and, ultimately, money. A simple example is LED lighting, which will noticeably reduce electricity consumption and at the same time will not require living in semi-darkness at all. The same can be said about numerous household appliances, which greatly improve the quality of life and at the same time allow you to see yourself in an eco-trend.
Sort your garbage
The topic is old, but still very controversial. However, in our opinion, all disputes, in the end, come down to the question of the desire to change the habitual way of life a little bit. And all the references to the small size of urban apartments, which does not allow having several containers for different types of waste, or to a single bin in the yard, where all garbage is placed indiscriminately, are far-fetched arguments.
It really is easier to start separating waste in your kitchen than it seems. You don’t need to try to fit “five buckets in every corner” – two are enough for you. Or rather, you already have one: continue to put there all that you will continue to take to the garbage site. And next to it place any container that will receive what will be suitable for recycling (for example, plastic, glass, metal, paper, or cloth).
Useful advice – start with one or two types of waste that you will save forever in the landfill. Fortunately, for example, in a rare yard in the big city, you will not find additional containers for the reception of bottle glass or PET bottles – the most common after the food waste type of garbage. Manufacturers themselves are getting involved in installing them to demonstrate their environmental awareness.
Why do we need a selective waste collection? It’s so that the most value can be recycled and thereby help reduce the overall consumption of resources on the planet.
Even at the sorting stage at home, it makes sense to google what collection points are available nearby and, depending on that demand, form the “assortment” of your recyclables. For example, the RecyclеMap project from Greenpeace can help you: go to the site, choose your city and see where you can send your recycling materials.
Very quickly you will understand how to optimize the collection and disposal of recyclables. For example, you can accumulate used batteries for months, if not years, and a simple shoebox will do. And just a separate desk drawer will be good for collecting paper in your home office. You’ll also discover that some advanced home goods manufacturers have long offered very compact and user-friendly systems for more civilized household waste collection.
You may take it a step further – you’ll start recycling some of your trash yourself. Don’t be surprised: Gardeners and vegetable growers are now getting popular with the idea of producing their compost – a valuable natural fertilizer that plants love. And the lion’s share of biodegradable waste, which usually goes in the trash as well, is good for this.
The topic of eco-friendly shopping is not only a question of the ecology of personal consumption. It is fundamentally important to be able to see the ecological footprint left by the production and transportation of a particular product. After all, the shorter the path from the producer to the store, the fewer emissions into the atmosphere. By the way, the ecological footprint is also left by what is retained after the product is consumed, i.e. its packaging. The more recyclable materials it contains, the better.
It is good if the producer himself uses recyclable materials to produce his products.
In countries whose residents are highly environmentally conscious, such companies are a priority, and they must receive public support. Identify such manufacturers for yourself, promote them among your relatives and friends if possible, and, of course, support them by giving preference to their products and services.
This rule may well be an extension of the previous one because it too is about the consumption of what we buy for our needs. It comes down to the fact that we should try to exclude the consumption of things with a short life cycle.
It’s not so much about electric cars and various “hybrids,” as about the principled refusal to use personal transportation in favor of alternative ways of getting around town. They are well known: public transport, bicycles, and, of course, the way on your own. Hence the full support for initiatives that promote inner-city eco-mobility: from pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure to prioritizing public transportation.
By the way, traveling by car can also be quite environmentally friendly: google, for example, about carpooling – sharing a car with several fellow travelers – and think about how you can support such initiatives.
No, we’re not urging you to become a desperate eco-activist whose phone number will be known by every journalist in town. We’re just for consistency: you can’t care about the environment while passing by outright nastiness that certainly doesn’t improve the environment. At the same time, showing your active civic position is becoming easier, remember the effect of public resonance, which can be created today more easily – thanks to social networks.
And most importantly – change your habits
It is easy to conclude: none of these rules will work without the main condition – all these recommendations should become your daily actions. So the main rule is to get into the right habits, not forgetting to take simple daily actions that mean so much for the environment.