5 Eco-Harmful Habits You Should Break

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Do you have these bad habits? If you want to live a more sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle, you need to ditch these 5 pronto!

If we want to be responsible citizens of this planet, learning how to live more sustainably, and take better care of our world (and ourselves), is a must.

The article below discusses 5 common habits that are the opposite of eco-friendly. Making simple changes in our daily choices will make a great difference over time.

Remember that positive change starts with you, and breaking these 5 eco-harmful habits is a great first step in living a more environmentally friendly life.

It’s easiest to make lasting changes with baby steps, so we recommend you start with just one of these (the one that seems the easiest for you), and tackle each one in turn.

Stop Wasting Water

If you’re one of those people who love a long, hot shower, you’re wasting gallons of water every day (not to mention the energy it takes to heat that water to spa-like comfort levels). Remind yourself to use less by setting an alarm on your phone to let you know when your five to eight minutes in the shower are up. Pair this training with a new, low-flow showerhead, and you won’t have to feel guilty about getting clean.

Stop Wasting Electricity

Electricity is such a major part of our modern lives that we barely even think about it, and that means we end up wasting a lot of it. To train yourself to turn off the lights when you leave the room, try putting some bright yellow electric tape on all your light switches.

Seeing that bit of color in the corner of your eye will draw your attention to the switch and be a reminder to turn it off….

Stop Eating Fast Food

Though convenient in a pinch, eating at fast food restaurants takes a big toll on the environment. When you spend money there, you’re creating a market for factory-farming systems that use unethical and unsustainable animal husbandry practices.

Even if you don’t eat meat, the carbon footprint of shipping all that processed food across the country is huge. Vow to do better by turning into the grocery store parking lot instead of the drive-thru….

Stop Drinking Bottled Water

It takes 2,000 times as much energy to produce a bottle of water than it does for the same amount of tap water, and the impact of all those plastic bottles is enormous. You can break your bottled water habit by buying just one great, reusable (BPA-free) bottle and carrying it with you to refill when you’re thirsty….

Stop Driving Everywhere

Your car’s emissions are a major contributor to global warming, so cutting back on driving can have a big impact on everything from reducing air pollution to using less fossil fuel. During the week, leave the car at home and use public transportation for your commute to work instead.

If that’s not possible, try declaring car-free weekends….

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Read the full article at Mother Earth News….

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