Not everyone can be fully green, but one can try to go green. I am a prime example of that. I contribute to global warming there is no denying it, but I do my best to try not to. In the past few years, I have come to the realization that there is so much shit that we humans do that is killing our planet. Which I personally want to stop, but baby steps. I want to become eco-friendly on a budget. You might be thinking ‘ Wow really Gillian, you only just noticed this?’ and the truth is: I never really thought about it. I was so consumed in my own bubble of a life I wasn’t thinking of the big picture. This planet is our home, and I am not helping it survive.
I’m not entirely sure what made me change my perspective on this, it might have been a million documentaries on global warming that came out, the ad campaigns splattered across social media, or just the amount of recycling bin popping up everywhere- I don’t know. All I know is I want to help keep this planet alive for many more generations to come.
So how do I do this your thinking? Well, its easy start with some baby steps. No one is expecting you to change your whole lifestyle and move into a solar paneled home that produces an ounce of waste every year! Try making small changes to your life. I have been gradually doing this and so far, I have not only felt better about my carbon footprint shrinking down, but I also feel like a good human. I found a great article a while back which was a list of ways you can help ( https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-reduce-global-warming-1203897)
So after reading that article, I realized there was no way I was going to able to implement everything into my life- because just look at the name of this website- I’m a broke ass college student. I did, however, find a lot of these things very useful and of little or no cost to do. Below is a list of thing that I have done to contribute with the prices ( either initially or on an ongoing basis) Hopefully something on this list is going to trigger you to help make this world a better place and keep it around for a bit
Recycling- duh. This cost me NOTHING. When you are done with something thinking about where you are going to properly dispose of it. Luckily when I am at school they have 4 bins that separate everything with photos to make it easy. BUT when I am at home it’s a little trickier, if you don’t know what is recyclable go online and find a list OR go to your local recycle depot and ask for a list- they are ALWAYS excited to give them out!
Changing light bulbs to LEDs- a pack of 3 costs around $10 ( at Walmart) the nice thing about these is they seem to last longer and are brighter!
Drive Less/Carpool/Bike/Walk/Bus– the price of this varies depending which you do. Walking costs $0 ( only time so plan accordingly), Biking depending on if you have all the gear can cost your $0!!- if you do not have all the gear and want to find a bike for cheap check out local buy and sell fb pages( if you are worried the bike is stolen ask your local PD if they can provide you with a check out of the bike- normally they are thrilled to do this- note to self: write a blog about the time I reunited a broke college girl with her bike) Carpool check out if there is a carpool in your town already set up the price will vary depending on the number of people in the pool and how far. Busing so depending on your towns transit system this might be great or not so great, I live in a town with a shitty local system, but a great commute system ( Chilliwack-Abbotsford-Langley) $30ish, or tied in with rec pass, or tied in with student pass.
Electric Errrrthang- I get it not everyone has the money to go buy a fancy new Tesla, but if your in the market for a new vehicle consider buying electric or Hybrid.
Scooters- I am the proud owner of an electric scooter! I bought it second hand for $500 and the thing works great!! Charge it up and i’m good to go. It goes around 30mph/hr but it gets me everywhere around town and cost me pretty much nothing. This is another thing that I am not like GO GET ONE NOW, because they can be quite pricey and if you are saving money its hard to budget for it. But on the off chance you have a spare couple hundred laying around think about it!!
Turn Things OFF- After reading how much energy is wasted in keeping switches on and electronic plugged in I was dumbfounded. I am a prime example of someone who does this. I always forget to turn off lights, if you come to my house at night you would think 20+ people live in my place, as I normally have ALL the lights on. Same with electronics- I haven’t used my Nintendo 64 in months-but it’s still plugged in. I found on my last hydro bill by unplugging and turning things off it was significantly less expensive!!!
Plant trees- I wouldn’t advise just going out and planting trees everywhere you see soil. Contact your city and see where there is a need for volunteers to plant things. OR if you own your property figure out what you can plant in your garden or yard!! Trees and veggies are what I went with, as well as these to help save the bees!!!
Reusable Bags- This is the one thing on the list that kinda chaps my arse that people are not doing more. Whenever you go out shopping does the cashier ask you if you want bags? Do you know a lot of places charge you for bags, and DON’T TELL YOU? Don’t get me wrong some places do tell you and they are sweethearts, but I recently was at my local grocery store and had forgotten
my reusable bags I bought from there. So I asked for bags ( big haul so I asked for approx. 6 bags, with 2 being double bagged= 8 bags) without hesitation the cashier complied. I noticed she rang something thru when I asked, I looked at her screen and it said ‘plastic bag 15 cents’ So $1.20 just for bags that day, that was more expensive than one of the avocados I bought. If you don’t have animals and use these plastic bags for poop then the majority of the time they end up in the landfill. GROSS. Reusable bags are usually around 50 cents or $1.00, invest in these PLEASE. I have a ton of them from different stores. ( Big Big ones from Winners/TJMAX cost $1.00 and smaller ones you can usually get from the grocery stores for about 50 cents ) SAVE OUR PLANET. Also if you need poop bags try the dollar store for bags 🙂
Report cards for improvement- ask your hydro company and gas company for the breakdown to see where you can be becoming more energy efficient
Share this post-or what you are doing with people. Normally when you tell someone you are doing things to take steps in BETTERING OUR HOME they are down to participate.