Five ways to conserve natural resources at home

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Celebrated every year on June 5, World Environment Day is a reminder of how essential it is to preserve the planet and nature. To lead our life, the consumption of natural resources is important, but if we learn to use them in a sustainable way, a healthy environment can be maintained and we can leave a healthy planet for our future generations.

It is not important that each of us make comprehensive plans or huge investments to conserve nature. We can also do this while continuing with our day to day life, but incorporating certain environmentally friendly habits into our lives.

Here are some incredibly simple habits we can instill in our lives to save our environment, with or without wearing a green cape:

Every drop counts

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Each person should try to wash only full loads of laundry. If you take a bath with a shower, keep a bucket underneath so that the extra droplets collect in the bucket. You can use it to water plants. While brushing your teeth, it is important to turn off the tap in order to save water.

Stop eating red meat or cut it down

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According to the Environmental Working Group, red meat is responsible for nearly 40 times more greenhouse gas emissions than vegetables and grains. If the grains that are fed for cattle are fed for humans, about 800 million more humans could be fed. In order to reduce our carbon footprint, red meat must be replaced with high quality vegetable proteins.

Stop food waste

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To reduce food waste, plan your weekly meals and buy foods that are only mentioned on your shopping list. If there is a portion of food left over, you can store it in an airtight container and refrigerate it. The next day you can reheat your food and eat it.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

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Cut back on plastic silverware, straws and paper plates, and splurge on BPA bottles, packed lunches and mason jars that will last. Make sure you have reusable bags so you don’t have to carry your purchases in a store-provided plastic bag. If you are still filled with enough plastic bags and water bottles, you can reuse them for storing household items or throwing out the garbage.

Start gardening

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Gardening is not only a great hobby, it is also an important step in preserving the environment. Grow flowering plants for birds, bees, and other pollinators. You can also harvest your fruits and vegetables in order to get a healthier substitute for the ones you get in the market. This hobby will also save you money.

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