- Use both sides of paper
Set your printer’s default option to print double-sided (duplex printing). And when you are finished with your documents, do not forget to take them to the ‘recycling’ bin instead of waste bin. Have not created a ‘recycle bin’ in office, do it at once.
- Wrap creatively
You can reuse gift bags, bows and event paper, but you can also make something unique by using old maps, cloth or even newspaper. Flip a paper grocery bag inside out and give your child stamps or markers to create their own wrapping paper that’s environmentally friendly and extra special for the recipient.
- Pet bottles are a mess
According to TERI report, nearly 90 per cent of plastic water bottles are not recycled (as even regular kabadiwala refuses them), instead taking thousands of years to decompose. Buy a reusable container and fill it with tap water, a great choice for the environment, your wallet, and possibly your health.
- Brush without running water
You’ve heard this one before, but maybe you still do it or maybe you forgot to tell your children about it. An average household with running water supply could conserve up to five litres per day if they do not use running water while brushing says a TERI research.
- Take a shorter shower
Every two minutes you save on your shower can conserve more than ten litres of water. If everyone in the country saved just one litre from their daily shower, over the course of the year it would equal twice the amount of freshwater withdrawn from natural sources.
- Plant a tree
It’s good for the air, the land, can shade your house and save on cooling (plant on the west side of your home), and they can also improve the value of your property.
Make it meaningful for the whole family and plant a tree every year for each member.
- Use vehicles sensibly
Try avoiding useless drives, turn off the engine in red signals and us less-powered vehicles that emit less pollution. A lot have been said about the vehicular pollution, we all just do our bit towards controlling it.
- Buy recycled
Toys, bicycles, playing equipment, and other age and size-specific items that are quickly outgrown should be shared or can be bought second hand too. Most of those things use plastic that does not decompose and metals that are a natural resource.
- Buy local
Consider the amount of pollution created to get your food from the farm to your table. Whenever possible, buy from local farmers or farmers’ markets, supporting your local economy and reducing the amount of greenhouse gas created when products are flown or trucked in.
- Adjust your air conditioners often
Adjust your AC one or two degree higher in the summer than usual, it will will save about 10 per cent on your energy use, but will not affect the cooling much.