Most people think they know precisely how to minimise their carbon footprint. If you think the same, chances are you’ve made attempts to walk instead of drive, reduce, reuse, and recycle, and turn off the lights and other electric appliances when you leave the house.
Thing is, everyone (yes, you included) unintentionally makes everyday choices that harm the environment — choices that give Mother Earth a tough time.
Here is a look at things that are causing for harm than you think:
1. Using Regular Lights
You probably use incandescent lights in your home. Most people do, despite the many greener alternatives. If you really want to go green and save the planet, start investing in more energy-efficient products, such as solar lights and solar panels.
2. Patronising Denim Clothes
Studies show that some clothing companies use about 3,000 litres of water to produce one pair of denim jeans. If you own seven pairs that you wear almost every day, then your efforts on saving the planet are going terribly wrong. Denim is beautiful and versatile, so stick with just a few and junk the excess.
3. Being a Beauty Junkie
People all over the world dump beauty products into waterways, lakes, streams, rivers, and public water systems each year. Cosmetics that contain parabens specifically affect reproduction in wildlife and marine life. Almost all personal care products on the market contain diet hanolamine as well, which can cause cancer in both humans and animals.
4. Using Disposable Chopsticks
Whether they are made of plastic or wood, the chopsticks that come with your Chinese takeout negatively affect the environment. Plastic does not decompose in landfills. Wooden chopsticks, on the other hand, are just as bad considering the millions of trees cut down to manufacture them.
5. Leaving Your Computer Monitor On
Leaving your computer monitor on standby mode uses less energy than turning it on and off every time you come back. Leaving it on for more than 20 minutes, however, would be more harmful, so it makes more sense to just turn the monitor off.
The hard truth is that almost everything you do and the decisions you make all throughout the day has a hidden environmental impact. Always think twice about the things you use and the things you do. Focus on small changes so you can truly reduce your carbon footprint.