How to reduce your ecological footprint?
6 June 2022
Ecology and environmental conservation have been the focus of many debates for many years. More and more people, in fact, are trying, in their own small way, to change their way of life and to adopt an eco-responsible approach. But what to do concretely? Save energy, make homemade products, reduce waste: discover 5 easy ways to reduce your footprint on a daily basis.
- Save energy
Saving energy and taking care of your water or electricity consumption remains one of the safest ways to reduce your ecological footprint, at home, on a daily basis. Small gestures and simple reflexes can help you in this positive step for the planet, but also for your budget. Because beyond the ecological aspect, you will save on energy bills.
To save water, avoid bathing and try to take short showers. Similarly, when washing dishes or brushing your teeth, be sure to turn off the tap as soon as necessary so that the water does not run unnecessarily. Finally, another tip to save more water: in toilets, install a double flow drain to not consume 10L of water each time.
When it comes to electricity, make the most of natural light during the day. For example, arrange the furniture in the rooms so as not to obstruct the light. If you do telework, also sit by a window.
In general, remember to turn off the light during the day and as soon as you leave a room. In addition, to save electricity, you can install low-energy bulbs. They offer good brightness and a long service life.
- Create your own cosmetics and cleaning products
Cosmetic or cleaning products sold in stores contain many pollutants: solvents, alcohol, petrochemical products, etc. Making these products yourself for the home or for care is therefore a great way to reduce your ecological footprint.
More and more people are turning to this type of homemade product. Toothpaste, soap, shampoo or even bubble bath and dish detergent: you will easily find simple recipes to prepare these cosmetic and cleaning products yourself. For example, to clean the house, all you need is white vinegar, baking soda and black soap.
- Avoid disposable products
Paper towels, plastic bottles, cotton balls, coffee capsules… Disposable products are ubiquitous in our daily life, from kitchen to bathroom. So much waste that accumulates in our garbage cans, some of which, thrown into the environment, can take several centuries to degrade.
Try as much as possible to switch to reusable items. When shopping, instead of taking a plastic bag, use a fabric bag – a tote bag – or a shopping bag. Replace the water bottle in the bag with a small water bottle. During picnics, banish plastic cutlery and disposable napkins. Bring cutlery from home and use cloth napkins instead. Examples are numerous. All you have to do is make some small changes to your daily life.
- Sell or give away what is no longer used
Always with the same goal of avoiding waste and excessive consumption, selling or giving away things you no longer use is a good way to reduce your daily ecological footprint. Whether it’s clothes, furniture or electronics: give them a second life and reduce your waste. There are many sites for sale among individuals on the Internet, such as Vinted. You can also donate what you no longer use to an association. You are making a great gesture in addition to reducing your ecological impact.
- Cook fresh products
Revising your culinary habits can help reduce your daily ecological footprint. This involves, among other things, the purchase of fresh products and their cooking. In addition to preparing healthy and tasty dishes, you will greatly reduce the use of cardboard wrap, plastic film, aluminum or canned food.