How to Be More Aware of the Environment in Everyday Life

How to Be More Aware of the Environment in Everyday Life

Having a green mindset takes daily effort
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A green lifestyle is more than making one change and giving yourself a pat on the back. Having a green mindset takes daily effort. There are so many little choices you make in your life that can foster sustainability. Here are a few ways to keep the environment a priority in your daily routine.

1. Water Consumption

Think of how much water covers the earth. Only 2% of water on earth is drinkable and 1% is accessible, making water a vital piece to sustainable living. Conserving water is a great way to help the environment, and there are many ways you can do so.

One thing you can do to cut your water consumption is turning off the water when you brush your teeth or shampoo your hair in the shower. If you’re not directly using the water, shut it off until you need to rinse any soap. You can even opt for a low-flow showerhead to cut your daily shower routine’s water usage.

Another way to conserve water is by making sure the pipes in your home are leak-free. A daily drip will add up to gallons over time. Ensuring your home isn’t dripping water will save you money and help the environment at the same time.

2. Food Mileage

Did you know produce and other food you bring into your home affect the environment through travel? It’s called a carbon footprint. The food you eat had to come from somewhere. If it’s not local, it was shipped, which takes gas and emits carbon dioxide into the air with every mile.

You can reduce your food mileage by shopping locally. Locally-sourced produce has less food mileage and leaves less of a carbon footprint than imported produce. Not to mention that local farmers may produce more organic food because it doesn’t have to be preserved for travel.

3. Energy Consumption

Your home is an energy guzzler. Heating your home in the winter and cooling it in the summer are a high-energy cost on your wallet and the environment. Lights in your home, as well as your appliances consume energy because they require electric to run.

You can reduce your energy consumption with apps that allow you to control the energy usage in your home. Not only will this cut your energy bill, it will reduce the carbon footprint your home leaves in energy consumption.

Another simple way to cut these costs is by turning a ceiling fan on. In the winter, it will help circulate the warm air so you can turn your heat down a few notches. In the summer, it will help circulate the cool air so you don’t have to turn the AC up as high. Although a fan still requires electricity, it doesn’t consume as much energy as heating and cooling your home.

4. Recycling

People who don’t recycle are damaging the environment. Recyclable items often end up in landfills, animal habitats and even in the ocean, harming marine animals and the ecosystem. By practicing recycling in your home, you can make sure those items don’t end up in places they don’t belong, such as the environment.

When you recycle, it’s important to understand what you can and can’t recycle. Always remember to rinse out any plastics before you recycle them.

5. Second-Hand Items

Hey environmental Macklemore, you should go thrift-shopping. Second-hand items are great for the environment and look nice in your home, too. Instead of throwing an item in the trash where it will eventually be put into a landfill, you’re keeping an item in use. Less waste in landfills protects the environment from items that take years to breakdown.

The positive factor about second-hand items is they’re cheaper. You’ll save yourself money. There are so many second-hand items worth buying. Furniture is a big one because you can always refurbish it so it’s customized to your home.

Second-hand clothes don’t come with the big brand price tags. You can even purchase refurbished electronics at a fraction of the cost but still have the same quality as new electronics.

6. Chemical-Free

Going chemical-free in your home will reduce your impact on the environment. The cleaners in your bathroom will get into the water system, which eventually puts pollutants in the water supply in your area. As it goes down the drain, those chemicals mix in with the water.

Cleaning your home with non-toxic and chemical free cleaners is a great way to change your everyday life while putting the environment first. You can find homemade cleaners that won’t harm your home.

Making small changes in your daily life will have a big impact on the environment. You can make your daily life a sustainable one. Keep the environment and your life happy at the same time.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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When You Decide You Don't Love Me Anymore

I'll forgive you.

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I never thought I would write this, but I feel like I have to: there will come a day where you won't love me anymore. This won't be a sad day, but instead a day I have waited for all along. You see, they all leave and that is perfectly okay. People may not be meant to be in my life for all of it, not in any of our lives but this is normal and although initially saddening it is a part of our lives and inevitably part of our journey.

When this time comes I want you to know that we did our best, that we were in fact in love once and that we had hoped it would blossom into a lifetime commitment but it didn't and I accept that and will respect you always. I know you did not wake up one day out of the blue and stop loving me, I know this feeling grew over time in your heart and that it was not something you planned on. I respect this.

You were the only person I trusted and the one I loved the most, but nothing lasts forever and I hope you can understand there is no animosity here and certainly, no stone left unturned. We just are not those kinds of people, we would have tried everything to keep our love burning bright and tried for quite a while to understand where the cracks began so that could fix them, it just isn't that simple. Love is a long complicated process, you know that and falling in love with me couldn't have been easy, I am misunderstood and stubborn as all hell and I am FULLY aware of that but that does not mean I didn't try to ease up on you, I promise I did my best.

I have always done my best to understand you, to make you happy, to keep the flame alive, but it has been extinguished. Love does that sometimes, it is there one day burning bright and then it slowly starts to dim with every fight, every unrequited "I love you" and every day passing by in which we spoke less and less about the things that mattered and more and more about worthless things.

This is all okay, it is a season of life, a part of our lives in which we do suffer but one we must grin and bear. I want you to know that I will always love and care for you, although it is now in a much different way, now we no longer look at each other with doting eyes and open hearts but instead with the freedom to let go and move on.

It is time for us to go on with our lives and find a new adventure, one that will light our hearts on fire instead of continuing to snuff our joint flame. You will always be in my memory and a huge part of my life that I once had but I accept that it's over and that time sometimes wears on things as it has worn on us.

You are the love of my life and that is truly the reason I must forgive you.

Goodbye, my love.

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