Adopt these simple habits to go green and save the environment. By Dawn Chen
Easy ways to go green! Photo: 123RF.com/Mauricio Jordan De Souza Coelho
Recently, climate change has been a buzzword in the global sphere. Countries are banding together to step up their efforts to curb global warming and save the environment. On an individual level, there are simple steps we can take to do our part as well. Here are some habits you can adopt to go green.
You already know this, but walking or taking public transport is a great way to cut carbon emissions. Think of this as your chance to clock steps and squeeze in more exercise too. If you must drive, carpool with others and maintain a steady speed while driving.
Take shorter showers
It might feel good to linger in the shower or veg out in the tub if you have one, but doing so is water inefficient and can even dry out your skin. Try keeping your showers between 5 and 10 minutes instead.
Reduce, reuse and recycle
You’ve probably heard this triple R saying since primary school, but doing so really helps cut down the amount of waste that goes into our incinerators. According to the National Environment Agency (NEA), “Singapore produced enough incinerable (sic) solid waste to fill 1,030 football fields to the height of an average person.” That is… a lot of waste. NEA goes on to say that the amount of waste “would be significantly higher if Singapore did not recycle an almost equivalent amount of waste.” The bottom line: recycling helps to conserve resources and reduces the amount of waste disposal (either through incineration or landfilling).
Get a house plant
Green your home by getting an indoor plant. Plants help to purify the air by removing harmful toxins and pollutants like benzone and formaldehyde. Read our guide for a list of five great indoor plants to find out more.
Use eco-friendly products
Besides being more environmentally sustainable, eco-friendly products are also good for you as they tend to contain less – or no – harmful chemicals. An example is Bio-home, a range of home cleaning products that are 100 per cent made from natural, renewable plant-derived ingredients. Prices start at $3.90 for Bio-Home Dishwash Liquid and $4.95 for a Bio-home Multi-surface Cleaner. Bio-home products are available at leading supermarkets.