There isn’t any doubt about the catastrophic effect that Global Warming can have on our mother earth and thus on us. Actually the effects are already visible and quite horrifying. But scientist say this is only the tip of the iceberg as far as the drastic effects of this intriguing but dangerous science is concerned. I have heard different view points about the issue. Some simply don’t care, some are very worried and wants to do something and some feel that its too big for them to do something. For the first category of people only time and some more disasters might change their attitudes. However for all those who care and for all those who think we are too insignificant to do something about it, let me tell that even if this issue has acquired massive scale it is all due to our ignorance towards nature and believe me we can contribute very effectively in our small little ways.
I was reading an article in Time and found out some pretty interesting techniques which are effective ways to contribute to the cause. And immediately I thought it would be a good idea to share them here. So lets begin our journey to understand how we can offload some of the burdens from our mother earth’s shoulders.
1. Replace your light bulbs: Although off late we have seen an increase in the use of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). But still in many cases the purchase of such light bulbs is a result of retailers pushing them (as they are higher priced products) than we actually understanding the benefits. CFLs cost three to five times as much as conventional incandescent bulbs yet use one-quarter the electricity and last several years longer. So this is surely one small and effective way of contributing to the global warming cause. The CFLs are easily available. They are branded differently by different companies. Like some companies call them “Energy Savers” thus directly highlighting there significance. We need to remember one more thing about CFL which is related to its disposal. The bulbs contains some amount of mercury so it has to be carefully sorted out in the recycle bin.
2. Do you know how washing your clothes impact? The environmental quality of your wardrobe is determined by the way you wash it. A recent study by Cambridge University’s Institute of Manufacturing showed that 60% of the energy associated with a piece of clothing is spent in washing and drying it. Over its lifetime, a T shirt can send up to 9 lbs. of carbon dioxide into the air. Isn’t that quite a significant amount? Yes it is!!
But I am not saying that the solution is to stop doing laundry. Some people would be tempted to do that. Rather, wash clothes in warm water instead of hot. In addition to that try to launder more number of clothes together rather than small numbers at frequent intervals. People using machines can use the most efficient machine you can find—newer ones can use as little as one-fourth the energy of older machines. When they’re clean, dry your clothes the natural way, by hanging them on a line rather than loading them in a dryer. Altogether you can reduce the CO2 created by your laundry up to 90%. Plus, no more magically disappearing socks. So another significant contribution from your side would be done!!
3. Put on green eye shadows: This is a great way in which people can contribute to the cause of global warming issue. Eco-friendly make-up is the way to go and many companies are coming up with products catering to this category. For example a company called Cargo Cosmetics launched a product called PlantLove. It is a botanical lipstick packaged in a 100% biodegradable tube made of polylactic acid—a corn-based renewable resource. When the tube is empty, plant it in the ground, and it sprouts flowers. Isn’t that a great way to contribute while also consuming a product. The market for organic products is growing and it definitely helps in restoring the ecological balance.
These were only a few small ways in which we can offload a good amount of Carbon pressure from our globe. I would be back soon with more such small steps which can help make our earth greener and also help it stay healthy for longer.