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5 ways to help the planet from home

Even small changes in your routine can make a big difference to the environment.

Changes in the Earth’s climate, depletion of fresh water and pollution of the world’s oceans, destruction of soil cover, the disappearance of various species of animals and plants – these are far from all the problems that environmentalists are increasingly talking about. The need to use natural resources wisely is now more acute than ever. Taking care of the environment is not as difficult as it seems at first glance. One has only to start. Here are five ways to help the environment that you can use right now without leaving your home. Small changes in your routine can make a big difference.

Sort trash

Tons of products are produced annually in the world, which decompose for quite a long time in the natural environment. Therefore, after use, it must be properly disposed of and recycled to create secondary raw materials. Otherwise, the planet will turn into a huge dump.

What to do?

Waste must be sorted correctly. So, in one container you can collect dry paper, in the second – plastic products, in the third – waste in the form of food debris, and in the fourth – glass. On the street, sorted waste must be thrown into special containers. If there are no such in your yard, take them to special sorting centers.

Dispose of batteries correctly

Recycling household batteries helps not only to preserve nature and reduce emissions of heavy metals (cadmium, lead, mercury), but also allows you to obtain salts of metals, graphite and iron without using primary resources.

For example, one “finger” battery pollutes 20 square meters of land and 400 cubic meters of water with heavy metals. Batteries burned in incinerators form dioxins, which then enter the human body through water or air. This is why it is so important to collect and dispose of batteries separately from household waste.

What to do?
Dispose of used batteries to designated recycling points. They are usually found in large electronics stores.

Do not use polyethylene

Did you know that discarded plastic bags are not biodegradable? Now, let’s pretend: there are about a trillion new plastic bags produced every year.

But it is important to understand that they cannot be burned, as this will lead to the release of carbon monoxide and harmful carcinogens, and burying them will cause water and soil poisoning. Thus, the plastic bags form permanent pollution.

What to do?
Plastic bags can be replaced with paper, cloth bags or string bags.

Inform

One of the biggest challenges in moving to conscious consumption is figuring out where to start. You can communicate the benefits of being aware of resources to the people around you, for example, through social media.

What to do?
In the digital age, it is quite easy to spread information. For example, even by putting a like on Instagram on a post about conscious consumption, or by reposting to your page, you will make your little contribution. By raising the reach of your publications, you are helping more people learn about environmental issues.

Support the international action “Earth Hour”

Every year, on the last Saturday of March, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) holds an international Earth Hour campaign, urging all organizations, commercial institutions, schools, individuals to turn off the electricity for one hour. The purpose of the action is to draw people’s attention to the need for a responsible attitude to nature and resources of the planet.

What to do?
Everything is very simple. One has only to turn off the light for an hour and those electrical appliances that are not related to ensuring safety and health.

It is a good thing to participate in large-scale campaigns, organize waste recycling centers in your city and draw public attention to environmental problems. But not everyone has the time and resources for such immersion in the issue. However, you can help the planet and do your bit. What will be a small step towards change for you will be a big leap for humanity.

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