100+ Amazing Ways to Help Our Planet Earth
By : ConsumerRemarks | Last Updated : 17 August 2016
Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans.
If we continue at this rate, the earth will expire within a few decades.
A decade may seem a long time for you.
Before you exhale the breath you’ve been holding with relief, let us rush in and say that you’ll live to feel the impacts of this destruction.
Impacts starting from climatic changes to melting of glaciers and natural disasters could already be seen.
So: It’s high time we pay our attention to save the planet.
It’s easy, achievable, and requires less or no time at all.
In fact, there are environmentally conscious people already on the run to save earth - and you can join them too.
Don’t burden yourself with all these 100+ steps at once. Instead ; take one step at a time - take it easy - together we can do it.
And scroll down and see just how.
- PAPER -
Save Paper. Save Trees. Save the World
1. Use Paper with Care
Think twice before you toss a crumpled ball of paper into the bin. Always use both sides to jot down notes for all your personal use.
2. Spell Check
Before you press ‘print’ your document, use your spell checker and detect all possible errors. This way, you won’t have to reprint and waste paper as your docs would be error-free.
3. Minimize the Use of Paper Towels and Tissues
In fact, you don’t need them at all. Instead of cutting down trees to wipe your hand or blow your nose, use rags, napkins and handkerchiefs.
4. Junk Mails Need to Stop
Junk mails are both a nuisance and a whopping 100 million waste of trees in the US every year. Take actions immediately by writing to Mail Preference Service, Direct Marketing Association, P.O. Box 3861, New York, NY 10163-3861 and reduce these mails by 75%.
5. Leave Your Less-Dirty Papers for Kids
Tots and kids love to scribble the first thing that comes to their mind. However, don’t give these unsuspecting kids super white A4 papers. Instead give them papers that you won’t use for official purposes, like the ones with only one blank side.
6. Recycle Newspaper
Instead of buying newspaper, try catching up with the news online. However, if you do buy newspapers, don’t forget to get hold of recycling bins to dump them because, out of 63 million newspapers that are printed each day in the US, more than half of them are thrown away. By recycling them, over a million of trees could be saved every week.
7. Reuse Gift Wrappers
Gifts exchanged between loved ones is a joy to the heart but not reusing them ends up being a grief to the earth. However, the best part is that this is turning out to be a trend. So the internet is full of ideas to help you get started.
8. Use the Internet Over Paper Phone Books
Annually, about 650,000 tons of paper phone books are printed and distributed in America only. Then just imagine how many trees are cut down when you can use the internet instead? So call and stop your yearly phone book delivery right away and don’t forget to recycle the ones that are rotting away in your shelves.
9. Buy an E-ticket to Fly
The cost of printing a paper ticket is $9 more expensive than an e-ticket. If everyone buys an e-ticket, apart from the savings of paper, about $3 billion could be saved in mere cash.
10. Settle Your Bills Online
If all Americans could do so, over 18.5 million trees could be saved annually. At the same time, it could stop the release of over 2.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide and 1.7 billion pounds of solid waste.
11. Go for Electronic Bank Statements
Most banks that are conscious of the environment would even pay you a dollar or donate for charities on your behalf.
12. Join a Library or Read Online
and minimize the purchase of books. If everyone could do so, trillions of trees could be saved every year.
- ELECTRICITY -
Keep the future bright, Turn off the light.
13. Replace Bulbs
Replace at least one of your ordinary bulbs with CFL. If all American households would do so, the impact would be similar to sweeping one million cars entirely out of the roads.
14. Know When to Turn Lights Off
If you use incandescent bulbs, make sure to turn them off when you leave a room. But don’t turn off CFL bulbs unless you won’t return back to the room in 15 minutes. This is because CFL bulbs consume electricity more when they’re turned on and off than during the duration of their glow.
15. Use Dimmers
This way, you can adjust the lighting to meet your needs.
16. Your Computer Doesn’t Sleep
When you leave it in the sleep mode, it doesn’t sleep. Instead, it would draw up to 40 watt-hours per day, which would result in $14 a year. So switch it off and unplug it before you go to bed every night.
17. Use Solar and Photovoltaic Cells
These are the best alternatives for hydroelectricity as they use free sunlight in producing electricity. Most utility companies even volunteer to install these panels for you.
18. Replace Your Old Appliances
It’s true that old appliances last longer, but they also consume double the electricity of modern appliances. So replace old models with newer ones.
19. Don’t Leave your TVs on Standby
Instead, switch them off completely and if possible plug them off too. This way, even the smallest of power draws could be eliminated.
20. Insulate your Water Heaters and the Pipes
Insulation helps to minimize heat loss and shorten the time taken to boil water.
21. Maintain Your Refrigerators
You can’t live without fridges, even when they account for 7% of electricity consumption in the States. So keep the temperature as high as possible and don’t forget to clean and dust off the coils at the back of your refrigerator.
22. Air Dry your Clothes
It’s free and also the best way to retain the the quality of fabrics much longer.
23. Oven Rules
Don’t preheat it unless your recipe demands it. Even if it does, don’t preheat it for more than 10 minutes. Also, instead of opening the oven door and releasing the heated air, use the oven window to sneak a peek at your food.
24. Fix a Revolving Door in Your Office
Revolving doors minimize the mix of internal air with the atmospheric air by at least 8 times compared to swinging doors.
25. Do your Laundry in Cold Water
Over 90% of the cost added to the energy bill by your washing machine is due to water heating. It’s as costly as it’s a waste of energy and about 60% of Americans still do it out of habit. Use of cold water over warm water doesn’t make much of a difference unless your clothes are really dirty and stinky.
26. Paint Your Roofs White
White is also a sleek colour. It would help to reflect heat and save about 20% to 30% of your electricity bills.
27. Don’t Overheat Water
If you’re heating water for showering or washing purposes, don’t heat it until the boiling point. If you can reduce the temperature by at least 10%, then you save 5% of your energy costs related to heating water.
28. Do you Really need an Answering Machine?
They use energy 24/7 and a broken machine is an added waste to the environment. So the best alternative would be a voice mail service and Americans alone can save over 2 billion kilowatt-hours every year.
29. Use your Microwaves to Cook Food
As they’re very quick to heat up, they use less energy. You can not only get the job done super fast, but also manage to retain the natural colour and nutrients included in the food.
30. Slice Food where Possible
The smaller the particles are, the faster they get cooked.
31. Plant Aspidistra
They help to bring down the level of temperature in your home and ultimately reduce the need for an air conditioner.
32. Go Romantic
And light up a candle - instead of a light - for dinner with your partner.
33. Block your Chimney
Don’t forget to do it when you switch on your heater during winter, or your air conditioner during summer. This way, you can stop air exchange from the environment altogether and save heaps of energy and money.
34. Party a lot During Winter
A room full of people could heat up as much as a 100-watt heater. This would reduce the work load of your heater.
- FUEL -
35. Inflate Your Tires
Poorly inflated tires not only tire your vehicle to use 6% more fuel, but also reduce the lifetime of your tires. In America only, about 100 million pounds of rubber are worn out every month - causing nearly 7 million tires to be freshly produced.
36. Recycle Motor Oil
Every year, Americans contribute to environmental pollution by removing about 350 million gallons of motor oil. So when you change oil, make sure to go to a place that recycles oil. If this turns into a habit, all gas stations would compete to go green.
37. Travel by Air, But Not Often
Air travel releases carbon 3 times more than trains and other public transport.
38. Use Kettles to Heat Water
Kettles are specifically designed to heat water and they’re the most efficient at this task. Try to use a kettle with a whistle and make sure to boil only the amount you need. In the meantime, don’t forget to clean the inside of your kettle. A scale build up inside would only delay the process and consume more gas in the process.
39. Drive Green with Vegetable Oil
If yours is a diesel vehicle, did you know that you can even totally run on vegetable oil? Which also happens to be less expensive and far more cleaner than petroleum. What’s more, you can even produce this oil effortlessly at home. For further details, don’t forget to check it out on Google.
40. Buy Cardboard Match Boxes
Instead of buying lighters. Lighters are made up of plastic and butane fuel is used to light it up. Also, since it’s disposable, over 1.5 billion of them are added to landfills every year.
41. Save Fuel with Cruise Control
If your car has this button, then go for it. You can minimize fuel waste by maintaining 15% better mileage.
42. Plan and Land
Planning is important, even in everyday life. So instead of making short trips to the mall every time you need something, plan ahead and buy all or at least most of what you’ll need in one long trip.
43. Work From Home
If you can make arrangements to work from home at least once a weak, you can cut down your fuel expenses by a considerable amount. What’s more, you can even work with your pajamas on!
44. Consider Hybrids over Flashy Vehicles
The next time you decide to go car-shopping, consider buying a hybrid vehicle. They’re one of the best ways to save fuel.
45. Don’t Speed Up
unless someone’s dying inside your car. You can save about 25% of fuel by running at 50mph instead of 70mph.
46. Walk Instead of ‘Gyming’
So that you can save energy, money and keep fit too.
- WATER -
To a Thirsty man, a drop of water is worth more than a sack of gold.
47. Seal all Your Leaking Faucets
Until you do so, collect every droplet of water by placing a bucket or a container underneath. Then use it for washing, cooking or watering plants. Leaks may seem small to your naked eye, but if you do your math, a drop per second equals to over 200 gallons of water every month.
48. Install Low-Flow Showerheads
These showerheads create an illusion of high water flow when in reality only little water is being pumped. As a result, you can annually save up to 14,000 gallons of water.
49. Bring Your Showers Down
Both in numbers and amounts of time. If you shower everyday even for just 5 minutes, you’ll be using about 700 gallons of water every month. But by saving that amount of water, you’ll be able to live for three years. So take showers once in every few days that are short, yet enough to stay clean.
50. Do your Laundry with a Full Load
Or make sure to set it up for half load if you ain’t washing a full load. Because, on average, an American family uses up to 2500 gallons of water every week. In the meantime, don’t forget to set the lowest possible temperature to wash your clothes.
51. Don’t Run the Water While Brushing
This is being repeatedly said everywhere and we’re surprised that it hasn’t turned into a legislation yet. No matter how many times its repeated, people still do it and each person wastes up to 5 gallons of water every day.
52. Dishwashers Save Water
They save almost half the water used to wash dishes by hand. However, you’ll be breaking this norm if you pre rinse the dishes before you load your dishwasher.
53. Avoid Bottled Water
Avoid them at least until a reusing or recycling programme is solidly established because over 90% of plastic bottles are thrown away. So make it a habit to carry a reusable bottle of water with you.
54. Care for your Lawn
If you think it needs water, then water it early in the morning to minimize loss of water through evaporation. And if you see the unwelcome presence of weeds, get rid of them by spraying vinegar instead of harmful chemicals.
55. Get your Car Washed by a Professional
The cost of hiring a professional will not exceed the amount of water you get to save as they’re specialized in car washing and are far more efficient at their job than you. If every American does it at least just once, 8.7 billion gallons of water could be saved!
56. Save Water that Gets Flushed Down your Toilet
If you can afford, replace your toilets with ones that save water. If not, convert your toilets to be more efficient on your own by Googling the trick.
57. Wash Nappies Energy-Efficiently
Give your baby’s endless nappies to a nappy washing service and save 31% of energy and 41% of water.
58. Opt for Low-Phosphate Washing Powder
When washing powder with high level of phosphate is released into water systems, they encourage the growth of algae and end up lowering the level of oxygen and killing aquatic plants and animals.
- SHOPPING -
Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky
- Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam
59. Minimize the Use of Plastic and Polythene Bags
Instead, use clothe bags. You can not only reuse them for years, but also save the cost of buying polythene bags for every use. Polythene and plastic are not fully degradable and the cadmium used in the production of plastic could turn out to be deadly when mixed with food.
60. Shop for Organic Products
They’re not only good for your health, but also good for the soil, and animals like cattle and pigs that are harmed in the process of producing diary products. Higher demand for organic products would result in profit-hungry businesses to go green as well.
61. Buy Local Products
While there are certain items you can’t domestically produce, buying the rest locally will encourage local enterprises, reduce unemployment and ultimately help your economy grow. On the other hand, it’ll reduce pollution and wastage of fuel that is used to transport products across continents - just to serve your plate and decorate your home.
62. Choose Items with Less Packaging
The more the products are wrapped, the more expensive and more pollution they cause. So choose items with less layers of packing. If all Americans could do so, it would discourage manufacturing products with unnecessary layers of packaging.
63. CFC Free Products are the Best
Chlorofluorocarbon is one of the major depleters of the ozone layer. Many household products including refrigerators, air conditioners, and hairspray, release CFC into the air. So make sure you buy products that are certified to be CFC free.
64. Go for Recycled Products
When you buy items like ornaments, carpets, and decoratives, don’t forget to check out shops that produce those by recycling items such as tyres. You’ll not only be surprised to find how good they look but also encourage industries that recycle products.
65. Buy FSC Certified Wood
The Forest Stewardship Council certification is issued only for wood that comes from well-managed forests. It also guarantees that the environmental damage is at minimum. For more information, visit the FSC official website.
66. Look for the Symbol of Recycling
When you buy plastics such as water bottles and containers, see whether they could be recycled. Recyclable items come with a symbol that contains three green arrows moving in a shape of a triangle. However, it doesn’t mean that the product is made out of recyclable material.
67. Shop Supplies for a Month
This way, you’ll be buying in large quantities by reducing the amount of waste you add to the environment. Large containers save you money and use less packaging than two small ones combined.
68. Limit the Use of Disposable Products
Even though disposable items are mostly degradable, materials used to produce them are limited. So instead of buying disposable items like water cups, buy reusable ones that could be used for long years.
69. Buy Second-Hand Items or Hire them
If you’re shopping for items to use temporarily, then consider buying second-hand items or hire them for low charges. This way, you’ll save the cost of manufacturing a new item from the scratch.
70. Purchase Energy Star Rated Appliances
Most Energy Star certified electronic appliances are at least 30-50% more efficient than the ones that are not. Which means you can save almost half of your electricity costs.
71. Consider Quality Over Quantity
Even when you buy a pair of shoes, consider the quality. High quality items last longer and as a result, they minimize the waste added to the environment.
- RECYCLING -
72. Get hold of Nike Reuse-A-Shoe Programme
By recycling over 1.5 million pairs of worn-out shoes every year, Nike contributes to produce athletic playground surfaces and more. You can drop off your old pairs of sneakers at one of their many collection points and minimize the waste released to the environment.
73. Recycle Aluminium Cans
The use of aluminium cans are increasing every year and an average American bought about 351 cans last year - which is almost like one can for every single day. So recycle them as much as possible.
74. Electronic Gadgets Need to be Recycled
Once you dump them, they become no use to anyone and annually over 1 billion pounds of electronics are added to the already skyrocketing mountains in landfills. To minimize this waste, NWF has partnered with Access Recycling. For more information, check their websites out and see how you can recycle your old gadgets.
75. Place Recycling Bins Where You Need Them
There can be times when you don’t feel like walking up to a bin and tossing a piece of paper, or a leftover food. Avoid it by placing bins at the right place. In example, a bin near your dining table would help you collect waste for composting and one in your office room would hold your junk papers.
76. Recycle Glass
Though glass is made up of sand, it takes up to a million years to turn back into sand. So recycling it is the only option. By doing so, 20% of air pollution and 50% of water pollution could be brought down.
- ANIMALS -
77. Think Twice About Releasing Helium Balloons
They’re of course lovely - but only as long as they fly up in the sky. Deflated balloons often end up in the digestive system of animals and cause untimely deaths. What’s more, metallic balloons even cause failures in power supply once they get tangled up in power lines.
78. 6-pack Holders are Murderous to Animals
Small necks of birds and animals get stuck inside these rings and cause hundreds of deaths every year. So the next time you dump them, make sure to cut these holders into pieces.
79. Vegetarians help to Save the Planet
And not just animals. By going vegetarian at least a few times a month, you save both water - which is about 2500 gallons for every pound of beef, and over 55 square feet of natural forest which would otherwise be used to feed bulls for every hamburger.
80. Don’t use Rock Salt to Melt Ice
They can kill your or your neighbour’s loving pets. So look for products that won’t harm plants and animals while they melt ice.
81. Don’t Endanger Animals
In the process of buying many products that you love, did you know that you contribute to wiping many animals off the planet? Higher demand for ivory has caused elephant population to go from millions to thousands. Even tuna fish nets kill over 6 million dolphins. So buy ‘dolphin-safe’ tuna and avoid buying ivory altogether.
82. Have your own Bee Hive
The world can go only 60 years without bees. So, instead of buying honey, get yourself a hive and if you’ve kids playing around, place it somewhere higher for added safety.
83. Don’t Destroy Habitats
Visit wildlife and enjoy their beauty, but don’t disturb or destroy them.
- PROJECTS -
Earth's crammed with heaven...But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh
84. Join hands with Projects to Save the Earth
Find out projects that are already active in your local area and actively participate in them. If there’s no such project, don’t hesitate to initiate one and encourage participation from your fellow peers.
85. Contribute to ‘1% For The Planet’
If you run your own business, then consider joining this programme by donating 1% of your annual profits to make this planet a better place. In return, you’ll not only help the environment, but also gain recognition to your business. You can even buy the ‘1% For The Planet’ logo and make your consumers aware of your attempts to conserve the environment.
86. Consider Joining Ben & Jerry’s
Lick Global Warming Campaign
This is a campaign that would guide you and your business to reduce carbon emissions by an amount as significant as 2000 lbs per year. Imagine what an amount it would turn out to be, if more people join in?
87. Buy Green Tags and Finance Wind Farms
This is equivalent to buying wind energy. Even though it’s not for your personal use, you’ll still be contributing to increase its use.
- GENERAL -
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.
88. Stick to Natural Cleansing Agents
Instead of buying chemicals that pollute the environment, make your own cleansing agents to clean your windows, silverware, ovens and more. These tips are freely available online and you can Google them anytime to find them out.
89. Buy Rechargeable Batteries
Batteries are used in almost every portable device and they’re piling up in landfills with their mercury and cadmium components. Using rechargeable batteries would mean you would be prolonging its lifetime and reducing the numbers that are frequently dumped.
90. Opt for Alkaline Batteries
They’re the best among the rechargeable batteries. They could not only be reused by recharging, but could also be recycled.
91. Plant a Tree
Imagine if all 7 billion people could plant a tree! - it would suffice to save at least half of the world.
92. Stop Littering
It’s turning out to be a social hazard. It even clogs up rivers and limits the growth of much needed plants. So instead of dropping chocolate wrappers and polythene wherever you’re, stuff them into your bags and dump them in trash cans.
93. Disposable Diapers are Turning
Out to be a Nightmare
With the increasing population, more than 18 billion diapers are added to American waste every year.
To give you a better picture - if you line these diapers up, they would cover up 14 times the distance between the earth and the moon! Even worse, they need over 500 years to decompose. So there’s no better solution than cotton diapers for your baby and earth.
94. Compost Kitchen Waste
If all Americans start composting kitchen waste, municipal solid waste could be reduced by almost 50%. The good news is that, you don’t even need a backyard if you buy yourself a food waste compositing machine. Even better, it’ll need just 2 weeks to complete an odourless task and would use very little amount of electricity.
95. Avoid Chemicals at all Costs
You can get rid of troublesome roaches without chemicals to spray on them. Instead, all you’ll need would be a bottle of liquid soap and a direct spray of this liquid would end their trouble.
96. Use Latex Paint to Paint Your Home
They’re much safer and environmentally friendlier than oil-based paint.
97. Reuse Clothes
Having a sense of fashion is great, but dumping clothes that run out of fashion is not. You can at least donate them to charities that offer clothes to the poor or sell them off for half the price at certain stores. This way, your clothes are put to use in some way than being dumped.
98. Picnic but Pick Everything Back Home
Litter in public picnic spots not only spoils the enjoyment but also dirty and pollute the environment. So don’t leave behind any trace of your picnic. Dispose the leftovers in respective bins and carry the rest home.
99. Cultivate Kitchen-Habits
Buy reusable containers to store food instead of using foils and plastic wraps. Also, use unbleached coffee filters as they don’t have bleaching properties that pollute the environment.
100. Share This !
Take what you've learned, and pass the knowledge on to others. If every person you know could take one small step toward being energy efficient, the collective effort could be phenomenal.
- BONUS TIPS -
101. Buy and Download Software Online
This is easier and cheaper as well because most online software companies provide you with free updates time to time. Through an environmental perspective, if all can do this, the 30 billion software discs that are sold every year could be brought down.
102. Gift Plants, Not Cut Flowers
Cut flowers are beautiful, but they’re a waste as they wither within a couple of days. So plant flowery plants instead, and gift them. They’ll last longer and save the planet.
103. Prepare your Own Beauty Products
You can make your own shampoo, body lotion, facial cream and more. Check out the age-old tips on the internet and save both your health and the environment from waste.
104. Boycott and Stir Awareness
If you come across companies that pollute the environment for profits, then don’t let them slip away.
105. Wool vs Polyester
If you have a choice, go for wool instead of polyester because polyester production adds more pollutants to the environment.
- CONCLUSION -
Don’t you think saving the planet is easy? Imagine how wonderful it could be if 7 billion hands join in.
Together we can make this planet better, and a greener place for the future generations to live.
It’s more like a responsibility of every one of us to hand over a part of all the resources we consume to the future.
So start from now and there’s no better time than now.
And start from the easiest, then move on to the rest.
Eventually, we assure you that you’re strong and caring enough to beat all the points mentioned here - and more.
Better still, share this post and encourage your family and friends to take part in this tremendous task as well.
P.S : Yes,we are a product reviewing website.
But that do not stop our concern for Saving the Planet.