It may seem like “going green” is just a new trend these days, but it will actually continue to increase over time. Going green simply means creating an environment that is sustainable and healthy. Many people may not know how to “greenify” their lives, while others think it requires too much work and time. Finding ways to establish a sustainable environment is crucial to saving the world for the future. Even the smallest amount of effort can create a significant impact. Here are some ways your household can go green to help fight climate change and establish an overall sustainable environment.

Recycle

Everyone learns about recycling from the day they attend elementary school. Unfortunately, there are many households out there that still don’t recycle. Recycling means a lot more than just separating water bottles from the trash can. For example, the proper way to recycle basic items means to separate plastic, paper, glass, and aluminum for trash collectors. Another thing to keep in mind is that electronics and batteries should always be kept out of the trash. Here is a guide for understanding how to recycle different items properly.

Household Items

Another way to make a great impact on the environment is to change up your household items. You may think your basic household needs don’t make a big difference in the environment, but they actually make a huge impact. LED light bulbs can last up to ten times longer than regular light bulbs. Using these lights will save energy while cutting your energy bills. Investing in glass tupperware can save you money down the line because they last longer and make your food taste better.Plastic containers should never be heated in a microwave, because they set off toxins. Many plastic containers become ruined after a few times in the microwave, leading them to the trash. Glass food storage containers will keep your food fresh with flavor, while not worrying about the effects that reheating may have. Switching your household cleaners will also have a positive impact on your home, as well as the environment. Chemicals used in cleaners can cause asthma or eczema because harmful chemicals are being released into the environment. Using eco-friendly cleaners will help sustain a healthy environment in your home without the side effects of chemical cleaners.

Grow plants

Growing indoor plants is a wonderful way to sustain your home. Plants filter the air by detoxing carbon dioxide levels and increasing humidity allowing you to breathe better and healthier. Growing plants is easy to do. Some plants can grow without the sun, and for others, you just need a window that shines light through it. Growing vegetables on your window sill is also a great idea to help fight the negative impacts in the environment. For example, the transportation process of food greatly contributes to climate change, so growing your own vegetables can save you a trip to the store, and help contribute to the environment.

Family changes

Small family changes can greatly impact the environment. The process of producing food such as milk, cheese, and meat is a costly one on climate change. Producing food requires a lot of energy and resources such as water, land, and fuel. Eating at least one meatless meal per week can greatly contribute to sustaining the environment. Another great way to contribute is to create a compost system. Although installing one in your sink may seem costly, it will help you cut back on landfill trash, greenhouse gases, and create new rich soil. There are many different options to compost, if you can’t install a system into your sink. Approximately 1.3 billion pounds of food goes to waste per year, so it is important to compost as much as possible. Shopping from your local farmer’s market is a good idea to implement in your household because it saves the transportation process that big grocery store items have to go through. This also helps sustain your local economy.

Home changes

Although it may seem costly, making environmental changes to your home can actually help you save money in the long run.It is best to get an energy audit for your home (especially when buying a new house) to see how much insulation and improvements may be needed to help save energy in your home. Another great idea for your home is to go solar. Solar panels are a key way to cutting carbon emissions for clean air and water, therefore outweighing the cost of money. Solar panels can actually help save your yearly home costs. There also are many options for purchasing solar panels, including government-sponsored programs because they are so important to fighting climate change.