By Sara Laroussi — Braintree High School
Do you care about the environment? Do you want to help but don’t know how to start? You're in luck because we can all make a difference by following these simple steps:
Simply separating your trash requires little effort, but will still help the environment. Those styrofoam cups and takeout containers that we use are much more harmful than they seem. Styrofoam is a No. 6 Plastic, and most landfills won’t accept them. Styrofoam is a petroleum-based plastic and contains a chemical called styrene that contaminates the environment.
2. Energy and Water Usage
Decreasing water and energy usage by turning off lights is also easier than it sounds. Taking shorter showers and turning off the tap when brushing your teeth/washing your hands will surely contribute in a positive way. Also, try to maintain the same mentality of turning on lights only in room you are in instead of keeping lights on in multiple rooms. LED light bulbs, or even fluorescent bulbs, require less energy. In the modern world, many houses have solar panels on their roofs. Solar panels are very much worth the investment as they lower the cost of your electricity bill in the long run.
3. Going Paperless
On the same topic of being in the modern age, one of the easiest ways to become eco-friendly is by using less paper. Choosing to finish your work online rather than on paper is very effective. Students can agree that they write most of their essays and homework assignments online anyway. We all know the saying “We’re saving more trees.” Sending emails rather than a letter is an example of going paperless. We can easily adjust if we take the energy to.
With a more domestic approach, you can start using cloth towels rather than paper towels. This practice costs less and saves money.
4. Using reusable products
By using reusable fabric bags to carry your groceries, you will help cut down on plastic. To continue your plastic detox, switch out your plastic, store-bought water bottles for a stainless steel or glass water bottle. It will also help you save money on overpriced water. We might not have the income to strictly buy local produce, but we can try to buy reusable products that are made from recycled materials.
So… what do these things all have in common? They save you money! In any attempt to help preserve the environment, it's actually beneficial for you. Damaging this planet only damages your health. What goes around, comes around, and we should all want to live in a better world.
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