Easy Ways To Go Green In 2015
The turn of the year is a time when people make resolutions to change their life for the better: quit smoking, become vegetarian, be nicer to waiters. Indeed, in a recent survey of 1,000 Australians, 69 per cent of them intend on making such resolutions, but only a quarter of them will last past the early months of the year before falling back into old ways. One of the finest promises you can make to yourself is to be a little (or a lot!) more greener in life, so we’re giving you a few tips on how to go green by becoming more eco-friendly, and stay that way.
Ban bottled water from your life
As we described in a previous article, buying bottled water is wrong on all kinds of different levels. For starters, producing these bottles is at massive environmental cost to the Earth – 1.5 million barrels of oil are used to make them each year, whereas the further transportation and storage of the things releases the same amount of greenhouse gases as 13,000 cars. Additionally, they biodegrade extremely slowly.
Not only that, but it’s ridiculously expensive – a litre of bottled water dwarfs the oft-quoted price of a litre of petrol. Why not use Onya’s super eco-friendly Onya stainless steel drink bottle – it’ll last you a lifetime without ruining the Earth. This is one of the easiest ways to go green.
Bin the plastic bag (in a figurative sense)
The horrors of the plastic bag have been well documented, especially by us. The facts and figures make for grim reading – a staggering 500,000 end up in our rubbish bins every minute. As well as taking the best part of a millennium to biodegrade, plastic bags take up an enormous amount of landfill space each year – almost 21,000 tons have to be covered. That’s space we’ll never get back due to the near-invincible nature of the rustling terrors, so your best option is to go green and invest in something reusable. Onya has a range of green bags that can be used for life and are ethically-sourced and stylishly made.
How many light bulbs does it take to change a human?
The answer is one. Jokes aside, switching to modern compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) is one of the easiest, greenest things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. Old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs not only consume electricity like it’s going out of fashion, but they have a relatively short lifetime, needing to be replaced less often. CFLs not only last seemingly for eons, but they also use around 80 per cent less energy, significantly reducing your monthly bill.