Consumption consciously is becoming a common trend in social life and increasingly spread in the world, especially young people. Many groups who join to protect the environment were created. Their mission is to promote the sharing of environmentally friendly lifestyles, join hands to protect our largest ecosystem – the Earth, also known as is the biosphere. Many positive actions have been recorded and are being strongly propagated. No need to do great things, each of us just needs to change very small habits in daily life can also improve environmental problems.
If you want to do something to protect the Earth, these 5 small things every day below will make you become responsible individuals for protecting the environment!
1. Reduce plastic bags
It is estimated that each year about 5 billion billion plastic bags are being used by people everywhere on earth. Plastic bags are very cheap, and convenient so that we are always easy to use and easy to throw away without hesitation.
According to scientists, plastic bags are made from ubiquitous polymer substances. When released to the environment, it can take from 400 to 1000 years for plastic bags to decompose. Because the decomposition time is too slow while the use time is short, the ability to store toxic components for a long time, the increase in the amount of plastic waste will cause bad impacts on the environment and public health. Besides, it is a major cause of soil, water, and marine pollution.
We can use cloth bags, paper bags or any type of bag that can be used many times instead and can be decomposed to replace plastic bags. Just fold a few bags and put them in your scooters or your car in case you need to buy urgently.
When going to the market, we should use baskets and the carrying of plastic containers to store wet food, large cloth bags to hold vegetables so that we have limited a lot of plastic bags. Say “NO” resolutely with plastic bags from sellers.
2. Reduce disposable plastic items
Plastic waste is considered the second global problem after climate change. According to UN statistics, every year at least 13 million tons of plastic waste goes into the sea – the equivalent of a truck full of garbage dumping into the ocean every minute. It is estimated that currently the amount of plastic waste at sea is about 140 million tons. Plastic waste that is on the ocean can last for hundreds of years. Due to rubbing, under the influence of seawater and ultraviolet rays, plastic waste will disintegrate into small pieces and may be eaten by seafood species and then present in the human food chain.
Nowadays, disposable plastic water bottles are convenient and cheap with all models and designs appearing everywhere. Due to the convenience, many people do not want to carry personal water bottles. At takeaway beverage stores, the abuse of disposable plastic items such as disposable cups, straws, and plastic utensils is becoming a problem.
The simplest way that anyone can do is using reusable water bottles, and get yourself into the habit of bringing them yourself when outdoors, when traveling or outing. You can also ask the seller putting drinks such as coffee, milk tea to your bottle if you want to take away. You can also say no to plastic straws if not absolutely necessary, you can enjoy drinks without a straw, right?
3. Reduce meat consumption and don’t waste food
One of the main causes of climate change is the livestock industry. Therefore, you should be vegetarian a couple of days a week, reduce meat, fish and other animals on your meals. That has helped the earth a lot. If everyone is vegetarian, even in one day, 5 million pigs, 8 million cows, 33 million sheep, and 480 million chickens will escape death.
In addition, just eating enough and not wasting is also a practical way we can do to reduce the pressure on the food industry. Crop chemicals and animal wastes also contribute significantly to increasing the greenhouse effect. Moreover, reducing food consumption is a way to limit deforestation and convert forest land into agricultural land.
4. Buy only necessary clothing
A lot of people, especially young people, are very comfortable buying clothes. You buy a lot of clothes for your hobby, show your personality and wear only a few times and then leave. According to the researchers, making a pair of Jeans costs 10,000 liters of water. So, if you are wasting money buying unnecessary things, stop right away. You should only buy the right amount of clothes for your needs, or buy second-hand clothes. This not only contributes to reducing the burden on the environment but also helps you to spend sensibly and save some money. It may not be worth it, but over the years, you will be surprised at how much you save.
5. Self-growing clean vegetables for the family
A small garden at home, on the balcony, on the terrace will be where we can grow clean vegetables for all family members. Therefore, we can take advantage of organic waste such as pods, leaves, deep leaves to compost into green manure for our garden. This not only solves the organic waste but also limits the use of chemical fertilizers, the soil has more humus and saves a lot of money to buy fertilizer. The method is very simple. I use an empty bin or pot, pour a thin layer of soil, then add organic waste, then cover it with a thin layer of soil, one after another. After a while, it all becomes soil and you can use it to grow trees. Or more simply, I preliminarily washed fruits and vegetables, then chopped, sprinkled on pots, a little each time. When the new layer covers, the lower layer will decompose, so you do not need to change the soil for potted plants.
Many small actions will have a great impact. So, just changing your daily habits to be more environmentally friendly will help our planet minimize current environmental problems. If you already know the steps to take, let’s get started!