The damaging effects of climate change on the planet have put a growing emphasis on doing one’s part in the fight against global warming and becoming more environmentally responsible.
However, many have the misconception that there needs to be major lifestyle changes to have an impact but the truth is, you don’t have to change all your less than environmentally-friendly habits overnight. You can do so in baby steps that can eventually turn into larger, more evident actions that can have a huge impact on the fight against global warming.
One small but major way you can contribute and make a difference is by reducing your waste production and you can start at home.
Three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
Reducing your waste can be as simple as saying “no” to plastic. However, this doesn’t mean that you will completely avoid plastic. This just means you will reduce your dependence on disposable plastic products gradually and continuously as the production and improper disposal of plastics are harmful to the environment.
This is because they are non-biodegradable and often use harmful chemicals for their production which can harm the planet if improperly disposed of. By bringing your own containers, reducing the use of single-use plastics, and supporting more environmentally-conscious manufacturers, you can do your part, even while at home.
Reusing can either mean repurposing or engaging in various DIY projects, using items that no longer serve their original purpose. The latter is becoming a popular option, especially with the prevalence of various guides and tutorials on the internet.
Repurposing your old household items and/or engaging in DIY projects are a great way to become more environmentally-friendly and reduce the negative effects of improper waste disposal on the environment.
Recycling, in this case, means observing proper segregation and disposal methods such as segregating biodegradable from non-biodegradable waste, especially at home. This can go a long way when it comes to doing your part to reduce waste and pollution brought on by improper disposal.
Strictly complying with your local waste management regulations like following disposal schedules as well as having the right containers for your waste is also great for helping the environment.
Practicing proper waste disposal and adopting better waste management habits can go a long way in fighting against the effects of climate change. While it cannot reverse what has been done, greatly reducing your waste production can give the planet the chance to heal and return to how it was before.
Adopting more environmentally-friendly practices and habits can be daunting, but taking small steps can make it less overwhelming. You can do this by adopting and practicing these habits at home.
It may not produce immediate significant impacts on the environment but doing so nonetheless can contribute a lot to the fight against global warming and its effects.
After all, we only have one planet and we should all do our parts in reducing waste and saving the environment.