Ways to get your family to go green
Tuesday, April 18, 2017-Goh Kai En
What actually is the meaning of going green? Going green means going the extra mile to protect the environment—the water, the land, and the air we breathe.
What can you do? There are many little things that we can do that will make a big impact. Let’s make a difference today, by teaching your kids the 3 Rs of the environment!
1. Join or volunteer in your local environmental community
There are many environmental societies and organisations around you. With the planet being so big and mankind so small, they would be more than happy to welcome volunteers. Extend your help, and make a strong impact to change the world for the better. Joining a turtle release program is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so don't miss out on it.
2. Plant your own trees
It only takes about 15 minutes to plant a tree, and 10 minutes to water them everyday—whether it is the seed of a fruit or a non-edible plant. Not only does it combat climate change, keep the air cool, and provides oxygen for us to breathe, but plants also help to breathe a new air of life to homes. House plants are small in size and easier to take care, as they don't need to be watered as often!
3. Build your own compost
Stop! Don’t throw away your food waste into the bin. Instead, create your own compost (excluding meats and bones) that can be used as soil fertilizer. It takes almost no time to create, is free, and gives back to nature.
Learn how to compost here
4. Carpool, or take public transport instead of driving alone
Although this tip has been around for a long time to reduce carbon emission, many still do not practice this. Carpooling or taking public transport benefits the environment as well as yourself—efficiency in time management, punctuality, and learning to plan ahead.
5. Change from disposable items to zero waste items
It doesn’t take much effort to change from plastic to glass containers, or from disposable razors to safety razors. On the surface level, disposable items seem to cost less than zero waste items, but in the long run, you save much more money and the future of our planet by using zero waste items. Instead of buying new bottles of water every day, use a water tumbler of your own to ease plastic consumption.
6. Turn off the lights when you're not using it.
Even better, switch to energy-efficient light bulbs, like compact fluorescent lights (CFL), or light emitting diodes (LED). They last much longer and use less energy. Plus, they reduce light pollution (yes, it exists!).
7. Turn off the water when you're brushing your teeth.
This is a no-brainer. According to Waterwise, if the entire adult population of England and Wales remembered to turn off the tap when they were brushing their teeth, we could save 180 megalitres a day—enough to supply nearly 500,000 homes, and fill 180 Olympic swimming pools! (One Olympic-sized pool is 1 million litres).
So, there you have it! Seven simple yet effective tips to make a change in the environment. Know any other ways to reduce waste? Let us know in the comment box below!