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7 unexpected but effective ways to go green

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We all want the best for Earth. Love and empathy for the planet are universal. So, naturally, each of us has thought about modeling our lives in accordance with nature. Unfortunately, it will take us some time to meet our goal. The misconception is that “eco-friendly living” is often referred to as nomad living. People assume that you’re supposed to strictly not use a car or plastics, produce less waste, and plant more trees. While those tips are useful, they’re not the only way to help the planet.

Read on to know some lesser-known and unexpected methods to go green.

Know how expiration dates work

You’re not the only one who gets skeptical about eating foods that have passed their expiration date. It happens to all of us, and that contributes to food waste. Sadly, not many really understand how food expiration works. The date printed on a particular food refers to its quality and not safety. So, you won’t fall sick if you eat these foods past their expiration date; however, the taste may differ ever so slightly. Refrigeration can help increase the shelf life.

Avoid foods that spoil easily

Some foods are so delicate that they don’t survive more than a day or two. So, they have to be transported via airplanes instead of trucks or ships. This increases carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. CO2 is one of the biggest causes of global warming, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. Hence, it is best to avoid foods that have air-freighted. Asparagus, berries, and green beans are three examples of such foods. Instead, look at your local farmers’ markets for alternatives.

Change your cleaning products

Toxic chemicals in modern cleaning products are harmful to the environment. They can also adversely affect your health, increasing the risk of many diseases. While shopping, look for organic or eco-friendly products as they’re safer. Alternatively, if you have the time, try making your own cleaning spray. You’ll find tons of resources online on how to make safe and effective DIY cleaning products.

Carry your bottle

This is a no-brainer! Plastic bottles are still being used for drinking water. Data suggests that about 60 million plastic bottles are thrown out every day. That’s not a figure to be proud of and could have serious consequences in a few years. Before the damage becomes irreversible, it is imperative to stop using plastic bottles in favor of reusable water bottles. Carry it wherever you go and keep refilling it.

Upgrade your home appliances

Buying modern home appliances can also help save the planet. It may seem strange, but new-age home electronics are smart and energy-efficient, which means they consume less energy as compared to their predecessors. Less energy consumption has a direct impact on emissions, which reduces pollution. So, if you have old appliances, exchange them for new ones. Also, while shopping, look out for Energy Star labels on the appliances.

Go thrifting

Big brands often get most of our attention and money. We love buying big brand names, as they come with a sense of luxury and royalty. However, these sentiments should be ignored when on an eco-friendly journey. Minimalism is the way forward, and that means avoiding big brands and choosing thrift stores, antique shops, and flea markets. These places are affordable, stylish, and environmentally conscious.

Sell your vehicles

It may sound extreme, but selling your extra vehicle will encourage you to travel in a greener way. If you live in the countryside, a bike is a great way to travel. You also have the option of using public transport, which is still greener than a private vehicle. Also, if you absolutely need a vehicle, consider carpooling with your friends and family.