Harmful waste affects everyone on this planet. It also harms the ocean’s acidic levels either directly or indirectly. Until you take a closer look, you might not see it overtly. Rest assured, waste is there. Luckily, we still have time to help save the wonderful and weird ocean creatures home. Try these easy suggestions and you’ll be a living example of part of the solution. When you do, you might just change the world.
1. Give Your Old Electronics to Charity
Electronic waste fills our landfills. Your outdated electronics can be a godsend for someone in need. Consider donating your old cell phones, printers, and other electronics to a local charity.
2. Purchase Pesticide-free Fruits and Vegetables
Eat locally grown produce without the toxins of pesticides. It’s the better food for our bodies. What’s more, less harmful chemicals on the Earth help save it.
3. Use Reusable Grocery Bags
Plastic bags aren’t biodegradable. They often end up in the ocean and threaten our marine life. Make shopping with reusable grocery bags a habit. You’ll like it. They’re often sturdier and easier to carry than those one-time use, flimsy plastic bags.
4. Send Your Empty Ink Cartridges to Companies Who Recycle
Some environmentally conscious ink retailers automatically send a postage-paid return envelope for your empty ink cartridges. If not, ask for it and when it arrives, immediately mail in your empties.
5. Give Your Dryer a Break
In warm climates, dry clothes on a clothesline outside; in colder weather, use a drying rack indoors. Towels, washcloths, and blankets, among other things, are perfect for this natural drying method.
6. Clean with Non-toxic Cleaning Products
Make your own natural cleaners using white vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. Other things you’ll need is a soft cloth or sponge and some warm water.
7. Power Your Lamps with Low Energy Light Bulbs
Low energy light bulbs provide sufficient light and last much longer than other types of light bulbs. Switch to save money, time, and energy.
8. Properly Inflate Your Automobile’s Tires
Check your tires regularly. Low tire pressure causes a rougher ride and makes it difficult for tires to rotate effectively. Underinflated tires lose 25 percent of their tread life and waste gasoline.
9. Unplug Your Cell Phone From the Charger Once It’s Fully Charged
Curb the tendency to charge your phone overnight because usually, two hours is enough to charge it completely. If left to continue to charge, the Li-ion battery’s capacity to gain a full charge will shorten. This is because it will try to receive drips of an electrical charge when it’s still plugged in. Unneeded charging wastes energy.
As you can see, anyone, including you, can do many of these things with little effort. The bonus is you’ll likely have fun in the process. Start today with at least one of the above tips and then treat yourself. Enjoy the planet’s resources you helped save. Go ahead. You deserve it.