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There are so many ways you can be an eco-friendly person, and all of them will help the environment. Here are some ideas:
Create Your Own Compost
Composting is a great way to reduce your waste and make use of natural ingredients. There are a variety of ways to compost, but the most common is making a pile in your backyard or garden. Compost piles can be made out of any organic material, such as leaves and grass clippings from mowing the lawn; food scraps like vegetable peelings and leftover fruit; coffee grounds; egg shells; paper towels that have been used with raw meat (so they don't get mixed up with other kitchen towels); cardboard boxes; even dryer lint! The key ingredients are carbon-rich materials (which retain moisture) along with nitrogen-rich materials (which release moisture).
To start your own compost pile:
Find an area in your yard where you can leave it alone for several months—at least six feet square is ideal. Make sure it's not too close to trees that might drop debris into the pile. If you have pets or small children who might disturb it, consider fencing off part of an area so only adults can access it without disturbing anyone else's work spaces nearby."
Create a Rain Garden
A rain garden is a shallow depression that collects and holds stormwater runoff. They can be placed in areas of your yard that have good drainage and are not prone to flooding or mudslides.
Rain gardens are beneficial because they help to filter pollutants out of stormwater runoff so it doesn’t contaminate waterways, like lakes and rivers. Additionally, they offer an aesthetic benefit as well by adding color, texture and character to your landscape design!
To create a rain garden you will need:
Shovels (or some other digging tools) - To dig out the area where your rain garden will be located. Ideally this area should be no bigger than 6 feet in diameter if it's going to serve any significant purpose at all but don't worry if you don't have room for such a large project yet--just start small!
Volunteer to Clean Up Neighborhood Parks
Clean parks, beaches and lakes.
Pick up trash in your neighborhood.
The most important thing you can do to help the environment is volunteer to clean up areas of natural beauty. You can also clean up parks, beaches and lakes for fun or for charity events like Earth Day celebrations and Arbor Day festivities.
Take Public Transportation or Carpool
Not only will you save money, but you'll also be doing your part to reduce pollution. A study by the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis found that if 10 percent more people carpooled in Los Angeles County, it would prevent more than 70 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per year—the equivalent of taking nearly 2 million cars off the road for one year.
If you're feeling shy about sharing a ride with strangers, consider signing up for an online carpooling service like Zimride or Carma. Or maybe there's someone who works near you and is looking to save on gas costs by driving together? Taking public transportation is another great way to meet new people while helping out the environment at the same time!
Shop at the Farmer's Market
Support local farmers. Farmer's markets are a great way to support the local economy and get fresh, healthy food.
Learn about where your food comes from. Visiting a farmer's market will open your eyes to the variety of plants and fruits that grow in your area, as well as how much work goes into harvesting and selling them.
Buy from local businesses and community organizations. By doing so, you'll be supporting people who live near you which can lead to more jobs in the area!
Walk or bike instead of driving.
Walk or bike instead of driving.
It's good for you. Exercise is a great way to feel better and stay healthy, as well as keeping your weight in check. Plus, it can often help with depression by giving you an extra boost of endorphins (the body's natural "feel good" chemicals).
Less pollution and traffic congestion. By walking or biking to places instead of driving, fewer cars are on the road polluting our air and making noise while they're sitting in traffic jams—which means less carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere!
Save money on gas! No need for expensive gasoline when you don't drive anywhere—just make sure you have enough money for a pair of comfortable shoes (or whatever else might be needed for your mode of transportation).
Plant a garden.
Planting a garden can be a fun activity for the whole family. It's a great way to get kids outside and active, and it can also help you eat healthier by introducing you to new organic fruits and vegetables. Your children will also get an introduction into the environment through gardening, as they learn about how plants grow, which soil types are best for different types of plants, and other such information.
I hope this has helped you get started on your journey towards a more eco-friendly home life. As always, remember that it’s important to go slow and make sure everything is done properly. If there are any suggestions or questions about our advice here, please feel free to reach out!