20 WAYS TO A GREENER LIFE

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Lit­tle things you can do around your home.

Our world is fast-paced and tech­no­log­i­cally-ad­vanced; yet now more than ever, while we stand on the cusp of the fu­ture, it’s im­por­tant we take a step back and look at the im­por­tance of liv­ing green. It’s more than just plant­ing trees and pledg­ing to use less wa­ter. It’s build­ing a life­style sus­tain­able for you, and for the earth upon which we live and thrive. Both at home and out­doors, here are some sim­ple ways to live greener!

1 PLAN BE­FORE SHOP­PING

All too of­ten, we end up buy­ing gro­ceries we don’t need and ne­glect­ing those we al­ready have. Plan your menu be­fore head­ing out, and you’ll spare your­self the sight of sad, wilt­ing veg­eta­bles in your re­frig­er­a­tor drawer.

2 KEEP TRACK OF YOUR GRO­CERIES

Make a list of ev­ery­thing you have in sup­ply and stick it onto the out­side of your re­frig­er­a­tor. That way, you’ll know what you al­ready have, and what to fin­ish be­fore go­ing out shop­ping again.

3 COM­POST

From left­over bits of veg­etable ends to fruit peels – things that can be com­posted or re­cy­cled should be put away in a cov­ered bin. Use to fer­tilise your gar­den to com­plete the cir­cle!

Re­think chuck­ing out your kitchen scraps! This can range any­where be­tween the odds and ends of left­over veg­eta­bles, chicken car­casses, and the very last drops of wine in the bot­tle on your coun­ter­top – store them in the freezer and use for mixed stir-fries, stock, and stews! You’d be sur­prised how well they can come to­gether in a dish. Pick trash bags that are com­postable, and learn the dif­fer­ence be­tween the terms ‘re­cy­clable’, ‘biodegrad­able’, and ‘com­postable’. In a nut­shell, items that de­grade are those that break down and de de­com­pose in the en­vi­ron­ment, while com­postable items break d down to be­come nu­tri­ent-rich soil.

6 LIGHTS OUT

Stick with nat­u­ral light in the bed­room dur­ing the day. Turn off all your lights at night, or choose dim­mer lights with lower en­ergy re­quire­ments if you need a night light. This will not only save en­ergy; it’ll also give you sleep of a much bet­ter qual­ity.

7 TECH-FREE TIME

Turn the bed­room into a tech-free zone and leave the lap­tops, tablets, and phones out­side. This way, no worldly noise will get in the way of your night’s rest.

8 SET A TIMER

Charg­ing your de­vices? Gauge roughly how long it takes for a full charge and set a timer to cut off the elec­tricy when that time is up. This way, you’ll pre­serve your bat­tery life in the long run by not over­charg­ing it, while also eat­ing up less elec­tric­ity.

9 LOWER YOUR WASH TIMES

Un­less you’re con­stantly eat­ing in bed and get­ting your sheets messy, chances are you won’t need to wash them overly hard. Set the ma­chine to a shorter cy­cle to re­flect this. Your sheets will also last longer with less abra­sion and ag­i­ta­tion.

10 SAVE ON THE DRYER

It’s al­ways sunny in Malaysia, so let that heat do its job and save on the elec­tric­ity re­quired to run the dryer. Hang up your sheets and laun­dry, and revel in the sun­washed scent of them af­ter­wards. If you ab­so­lutely must run the dryer, con­sider run­ning it for a shorter amount of time and let­ting the sun fin­ish off the rest.

11 A GLASS A DAY

In­stead of leav­ing the wa­ter run­ning while you brush your teeth, fill a glass with wa­ter. Use that to brush and rinse your teeth. With prac­tice, you’ll get it just right.

12 WA­TER-SAV­ING FIX­TURES

It may cost a lit­tle bit more to be­gin with, but wa­ter-sav­ing fix­tures are re­ally a god­send in the long run. In­vest now and you’ll rest easy in the knowl­edge that you’ll be sav­ing both money and Mother Earth.

13 FLUSH AP­PRO­PRI­ATELY

Many WCs to­day come with full or half­flush op­tions. Choose the right flush for the right or­der of busi­ness con­ducted to save pre­cious wa­ter.

14 UP CY­CLE

In­stead of throw­ing out that old scarf you no longer wear, why not turn it into some­thing new? Cut out the fab­ric for a patch­work quilt, or turn it into a run­ner for your cof­fee ta­ble.

15 RE­CY­CLE

Keep sep­a­rate bins for your trash: reg­u­lar waste, re­cy­clables, and com­posta­bles. Make it a habit to sort as you go, so you can bring out the re­cy­clables as and when the bin is full. To save on space, use trans­par­ent stack­ing plas­tic boxes and keep them un­der the sink!

16 GO DIG­I­TAL

Some So art is bet­ter done on pa­per, to be sure, but con­sider go­ing dig­i­tal any­way! This not only helps to pol­ish your draw­ing skills; it also means you can erase and redo when­ever nec­es­sary. The same ap­plies to writ­ing and read­ing. Dig­i­tal books lack the feel of real-life books, but you can re­serve those for your favourites and read ev­ery­thing else on the tablet.

17 BUY VIN­TAGE

One man’s trash is an­other man’s trea­sure. If you’re look­ing for a fresh wardrobe or to up­date your home, why not try sift­ing through sec­ond-hand mar­ket­places first? Not only will you pay much less for an out­fit or a new piece of fur­ni­ture, you’ll also be re reusing pre­cious re­sources in­stead of sim sim­ply buy­ing new.

18 PA­PER, NOT PLAS­TIC

When­ever pos­si­ble, opt for pa­per bags as op­posed to plas­tic. In fact, opt for no bag at all by mak­ing it a habit to pack shop­ping bags ev­ery­where you go!

19 CAR­POOL WHERE POS­SI­BLE

While ride-shar­ing apps like Grab have grown into ti­tans of their own, you too can do your part at home. In­stead of driv­ing two or three sep­a­rate cars, why not car­pool with other mem­bers of your fam­ily, or even with your neigh­bours? If you live near par­ents with kids who go to the same school, start a school car­pool group!

20 BRING YOUR OWN CON­TAIN­ERS

Whether you’re out buy­ing take­away food for din­ner or cof­fee at the cafe, bring your own con­tain­ers. Not only will you be sav­ing the earth, some shops also give dis­counts for those who bring their own bags and tup­per­wares!

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