Pollution in your neighborhood can come in various forms and everyone is responsible for the clean-up. Luckily, it is a simple matter of developing and tweaking a few daily habits and it can make a world of difference for the environment.
Be a trend-setter and start out making the change you wish to see- pick up litter, don’t use common harmful pollutants and non-biodegradable products, recycle.
Talking to environmentalists, we came up with a list of practical ways you can keep your neighborhood pollution-free.
1. Leave The Car At Home
“Especially if only one person is in it. We build cars to carry their own weight, which is far more power than we need to transport ourselves. Walk or bike when feasible–or use a hybrid: throw the bike on the car, drive to someplace you can park and leave it, and ride the last several miles. You get a good workout as well as lowering carbon and pollution.” (Shel Horowitz)
2. Wash Clothing In Cold Water
“Most of the pollution impact of laundry is heating the water (if your heat source is powered by fossil fuels, including most grid-based electricity) . (Shel Horowitz)
3. Use Power Strips To Get Rid Of Phantom Power Consumption
“TVs, computers, stereos, and kitchen appliances can all be turned fully OFF with a power strip switch when not in use. If you have a stand-alone freezer, deplete it before the one that’s part of the fridge. We unplug ours around March and put a cloth between the lid and the base so it doesn’t go moldy.”
Shel Horowitz, Founder and Transformpreneur, Green/Transformative Biz Profitability Expert Going Beyond Sustainability
4. Learn to Recycle Properly
“We all know the basics of recycling. Plastic, Cardboard, Metal, and maybe a few others, depending on your location. What a lot of people don’t know, however, is that an incorrect recycling process can cause big issues and potentially lead to increased pollution in your community.
“A perfect example of this would be cardboard. For example, cardboard contaminated with grease, such as that found in a pizza box cannot be recycled by most service providers. What’s more is that if this contaminates the rest of your cardboard, the entire bag could end up being sent to landfills, increasing pollution levels. In more severe cases, the incorrect disposal of things like electronics and batteries can also have a devastating effect on the local environment. If you’re looking to make a small difference that has a huge impact and can be actioned today: learn to recycle like a pro!”
Cathryn Bailey is the Founder of Bomisch.com
5. Recycle E-Waste
“A great way to protect the environment and community health is to recycle items that contain copper. There’s a huge amount of E-waste being sent to landfills and incinerators and it’s scary to think about how they contain metals and plastics made out of various compounds that, as they break up, really hurt our planet. Unused chargers, wires, and cables contain a lot of copper which are not easy to obtain and sending them to your local scrap yard that can properly recycle them is a great way to get back all that copper without participating in the destruction caused by copper pits.”
Matthew Paxton, Founder Hypernia
6. Let The Kids Play Plastic Police
“A good idea for getting the kids and younger ones involved in keeping the community clean is to have them compete to see who collects the most plastic. You can have an activity where the kids are the plastic police, and the one that collects the most at the end of the day gets a prize. To avoid making it too competitive, you can also call it a pizza night if they collectively gather a certain number of plastic bags, to help associate the activity with something the kids really enjoy doing. This can become a weekly event, with parents rotating who hosts the competition, and pays for the pizza of course!”
Torben Lonne, Diver and Chief Editor at DIVEIN.com
7. Cut Down on Vehicle Use
“Reduce emissions by cutting down your vehicle use. Always prefer walking to the nearby stores instead of driving. This will not only cut down your fuel expenses but improve your health and stamina.” (Jabez Reuben)
8. Buy Product Without Excessive Packaging
“Always buy products that do not have excessive packaging. Since the packaging waste usually ends up in the landfills or needs recycling, buying products with less packaging helps to reduce wastage considerably.”
Jabez Reuben, Owner at The Blueprints
9. Prefer Public Transport
“Opting for public transport instead of a private vehicle can reduce carbon emission by a huge margin. If followed by a large group of people, this initiative will reduce air pollution to a very high extent. This will also reduce traffic and carry large groups of people at the same time. Private vehicles will not carry as many people and as a result, traffic will become worse.” (Adam Rowles)
10. Improved Waste Management Systems
“It is predicted that shortly, the oceans will have more plastic than fishes. This represents how grave the situation is. We need more systematic waste management systems to avoid such a future.”
Adam Rowles, Reduce Power Bills