Do you often feel guilty when you dump plastic waste? Do you want to protect our wildlife, oceans and turn to green living? Well, most of us have a “YES” as an answer to it. But the actual problem lies here: We probably do not know how to start and from where, to begin with? You must have read many journals and articles on going Zero-Waste, but do you know how to do it when it comes to you as a beginner? It’s okay not to know, but it’s not okay to not try.
Well, this blog is all about You and your new journey to an Sustainable, Healthier, and Eco-friendly Lifestyle! So let us get started…
WHEN TO START: How to know that you are ready?
First of all, you need to understand that there is no perfect age for turning eco-friendly. We believe if you feel for mother earth, you are ready to go! Yes, that’s all you need: CARE AND CONCERN FOR NATURE AND THE PLANET. You may be a young kid, a teenager, an adult or an old age person. Caring for the environment does not need any particular skill; it only and only needs HUMANITY.
But prior, we need to understand what going green or turning eco-friendly mean? Is it a thought, a small act or a much more significant change? What do these Glossy green terms mean?
Going Eco-friendly is a way of life, a life that does not harm the environment and any of its component. Be it the land where we humans survive, the oceans, the air, the wildlife, the forest and the atmosphere. Reducing our impact on the world is what going Eco-friendly means.
One needs to realise that being eco-conscious is not something that happens overnight. It is a journey that keeps on evolving where our intentions need to align with our actions. It is not just a thought of the mind but a series of efforts that need a little direction.
Let’s get Started:5 Tips for Beginners to go Eco-friendly Lifestyle
Going Eco-friendly can be pretty fun, and with simple changes in your daily life, you can do your part to protect the environment and live a green life. One thing you need to keep in mind is every small change makes a difference. ‘It is just one straw’- Said 8 billion People. You never know who you may be inspiring. So focus on your actions, and the rest of the world will fall in place.
As a beginner, don’t be scared of making mistakes. Instead, try to learn something new every time you fail. Now that we have made up our mind let us proceed towards how to get eco-friendly?
1. Free yourself from any myth or doubt
A lot of you will have some pre-judgements regarding eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle. When the mind is not accessible, how can one act? Therefore, clearing your doubts or any myth is the first step towards going Eco-friendly.
Some common pre-assumptions that people have include:
- Going Eco-friendly means avoiding plastic.
- Sustainability is too expensive.
- Recycling will solve the plastic problem.
- Green living is only about the environment.
- A single individual’s choices cannot make a dent or difference.
|Going Eco-friendly means avoiding Plastic||Though plastic is one of the primary cause of environmental problems, it is not easy to completely replace all plastic. A beginner needs to focus on replacing single-use plastic to start with.|
|Sustainability is too expensive||Most sustainable products can be reused or repurposed, saving your money. They encourage more sustainable and environmentally friendly behaviour that gives an edge to convenience over price.|
|Recycling will solve the plastic problem||Going eco-friendly is not merely recycling. A lot of plastic isn’t recycled or cannot be recycled. Recycling is the last resort, and other actions still need to be undertaken.|
|Green living is only about the environment||Adopting a greener lifestyle is not just for the sake of environmental health. Instead, it is necessary for your health too. Also, it will create a better planet for future generations to come.|
|A single individual’s choices cannot make a dent or difference||You will always have the power to influence your close ones and your family. There are ample examples of small communities creating a significant impact on the world through their consistent ethical efforts.|
Try to overcome judgements by researching and gaining more knowledge about what an eco-friendly journey would look like and will lead you to.
2. Mind your Consumption
“Do I need this?”,
“Is this going to last in the environment for too long?”,
“Can I have a more Sustainable alternative for this product?”,
“Is the Packaging Recyclable or plastic-free?”
Putting such questions will open up your mind and make you excited to seek answers.
Explore your bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, living area and garden to find out the plastic products that are single-use and will be thrown away by you very soon. Try to avoid single-use plastic as much as possible and don’t adopt anything that comes in a fast fashion. Take your time and make an ethical buying decision.
Your mindset has to shift from: These are the things I do and the things I buy To Why do I purchase these things, and are there alternatives that are better for the environment?
3. Say No to Plastic daily-use items
Daily use Household Items are the ones that have an enormous impact on our habits and lifestyle. Do you know ‘Every Single Plastic Toothbrush you used till now is still lying somewhere in the environment?’ It would be best to try to replace these daily essentials with eco-friendly, Sustainable alternatives available in the market.
Most of the plastic never gets recycled and gets dumped into landfills and oceans. This degrades the life of marine animals and gets to humans in the form of micro-plastics in food, air or water.
Here is the list of everyday daily use essentials that can be replaced with the below healthy version of them:
|YOUR CURRENT CHOICE||ECO-FRIENDLY CHOICE|
|Plastic Toothbrush||Bamboo Toothbrush|
|Plastic Bottles||Reusable Copper/Steel Bottles|
|Plastic bags/ Polythenes||Reusable Cloth/Jute Bags|
|Cotton Plastic Ear Buds||Bamboo Ear Buds|
|Plastic Tongue Cleaners||Copper Tongue Cleaner|
|Menstrual Pads||Reusable Cloth Pads/ Menstrual Cups|
|Plastic Razor||Wooden Safety Razor|
|Plastic Hair Combs||Wooden Combs|
|Disposable Plastic Cutlery||Reusable Wooden Cutlery|
|Plastic Straws||Metal/ Bamboo Straws|
|Synthetic Loofah||Natural Loofah|
|Plastic scrubbers||Coconut dish scrubber|
The packaging industry is one of the biggest contributors to plastic pollution. As a beginner, you should not get carried away with the fancy packaging of the products. Choose products with eco-friendly and Recyclable Packaging.
4. Don’t get carried away by Big Brands
Most of the beginners fall out of place when they start following brands blindly. We all buy new kinds of stuff coming into the market by our favourite brands without even realising the impact they are creating on the whole world.
Without your research work and adequate information on eco-friendly labels, your buying decision is all set to be a victim of greenwashing. They convey a false impression or provide misleading information about their products which makes them more environmentally sound.
Ask them about how their products are made, the raw materials used, and the packaging they use for the products. Think and then Invest!
5. Move Steadily with Continuous Efforts
Most importantly, Don’t Give Up. Going Eco-friendly is a way of life that will keep evolving with time. As a beginner to this new Journey, you might face some difficulty in changing your habits and switching to newer products. But think of it as a long-term investment that will give back good health to you and the environment. Just be consistent!
Focus on small changes initially, and don’t try to do everything at once. Take your time, learn, Unlearn and Re-learn.
We, Enable Nature dream of changing the World, but sometimes changing a single soul is enough. For Inside every Human, there is World. Let us try to change ourselves, our mindset and our habits. Incorporating sustainable changes at your home and workplace will be your first step as a beginner. Spread awareness of eco-friendly living to your family, friends or social circle and ask them to join you in this beautiful Journey.
Eco-friendly living for beginners can be simple if you know how to focus your efforts in a right way. We hope this Guide will help you to start living a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. So get started!