When the news about the environment is polluted, the forest area is shrinking, the earth is gradually warming, etc., all over the media, the calls to “go green for the environment” appear more and more. . After hearing such information and enthusiastic appeals, somewhere in you is also wishing to “live green” more, right?
But what is “green living”? How will “living green” make your own life better and how does it affect the environment? Where should we start and what should we do?
Please accompany us on the first steps of the journey of “living green for the environment” with the following information!
Eat “green” foods
“Green” food is organic , fresh food at the source that helps nourish the body and improve the environment.
The guideline of “ green ” food users is: Consume organic food according to the local climate and soil. From there, you will enjoy the freshest and healthiest ingredients. For example, if you live in a dairy farming area, take advantage of fresh milk on the farm instead of canned milk. Because, according to research, naturally raised organic cow’s milk contains 68% higher levels of healthy Omega-3 fatty acids than canned fresh milk.
The use of green food brings many other benefits to the environment and boosts the local economy. In addition, you also help reduce the greenhouse effect created during processing, canning and transporting food from other places.
Not only that, by choosing fresh food at the source, you are promoting natural farming from businesses and efficient use of farmland.
Fashion in the style of “green”
Help the body reduce toxicity, save resources and reduce waste.
The textile industry requires a large amount of raw materials, energy and labor, not to mention the use of large amounts of pesticides to grow textile materials (cotton, jute, hemp, …), manufacturing chemicals. dye and the amount of water used to dye the fabric. The gas and wastewater discharged from garment factories often have a significant impact on the living environment of residents and the groundwater there. Therefore, following the fashion trend of environmental protection will both help you avoid exposure to harmful chemicals and at the same time save the above-mentioned resources.
Choose clothes made from natural cotton fabrics as they require less resources than other fashion apparel fabrics. For daily laundry, if possible, choose to buy laundry detergent or detergent extracted from natural cleaning materials. In addition, drying naturally instead of drying also helps you save electricity resources.
More than that, think about buying second-hand clothing. If circumstances do not require you to have a new set of clothes, buying second hand will not only help reduce waste, but can also save you more than buying new.
Beauty in the “green” trend
Helps you stay healthy and beautiful while not reducing environmental pollution.
Many studies show that a woman can absorb more than 2kg of cosmetic chemicals in her lifetime. And men naturally “suffer the same fate”.
Your skin (the largest organ in the body) absorbs up to 60% of the total chemicals you use on your body, from soaps, body washes, shampoos to sunscreens. Imagine if you use more than 10 cosmetics every day, the amount of chemicals your body is receiving is a worrying number, right?
Meanwhile, if you choose pure natural products such as green tea leaves, locusts, fragrant leaves instead of daily cosmetics, you will reduce the amount of harmful chemicals absorbed into the body and also help to minimize harmful substances released into the environment in the process of raw material extraction and production.
Environmentally friendly “green” utensils
Help save and reduce waste to the land environment.
Any items that come to you from manufacturers, such as furniture, apparel, canned foods and bottled beverages… have gone through a production process that has caused a lot of problems. adverse impact on the environment. To reduce those effects, choose eco-friendly items that are handmade without mass production, or items made from recyclable and biodegradable materials such as wood or glass instead. for plastic.
That action is the way to help protect clean water sources and ecosystems of species. This also helps to reduce the amount of waste released into the environment.
Saving and using “green” energy sources
Help you save money and electricity resources.
The electricity you use for everyday items is produced in thermal or hydroelectric power plants, and both have a negative impact on the ecosystem.
For thermal power, to produce electricity, it is necessary to heat a large amount of waste water, coal, or fossil fuel to generate a large amount of heat, which not only consumes resources but also releases a large amount of waste. harmful gases to the surrounding environment. As for hydroelectricity generated by large hydroelectric plants, the construction of hydroelectric dams will occupy a large area of forest and change the flow of rivers and waterfalls, both of which lead to ecological imbalance. .
Join Earth Hour every day by turning off unnecessary lights and electrical equipment to reduce monthly living costs, but also to limit the amount of electricity needed to produce, minimizing the impact on the environment.
If convenient, choose to use renewable energy sources. In Vietnam, the use of solar energy to heat bath water or provide electricity for household use is gradually becoming popular. Some localities also use other forms of green energy from wind and water power in production, cultivation and animal husbandry.
Reasonable use of water is also a way of “green living”.
Helps save costs and limit the amount of water pollution.
Clean water is being considered as one of the most valuable resources. And, with the Earth’s warming trend, this important resource is gradually depleting. Scientists predict that without effective water use measures, some parts of the world will not have the opportunity to use clean water in the near future. If we all save water in our daily lives, the water purification systems of cities will reduce their working capacity and still ensure the amount of water to everyone.
Moreover, limiting the use of bottled water also means that you are reducing the greenhouse effect because bottled water is created from the production of plastic bottles, transportation and a large amount of plastic waste discharged into the environment. school.
Moving in the style of “green living”
Make the body stronger and prevent the earth from warming
Choosing to walk or ride a bicycle is of course considered a pretty good exercise for the body. Moreover, you have reduced the amount of CO2 and radioactive substances released into the environment from the fuel combustion of motor vehicles. That means you are slowing down global warming and reducing oil extraction.
If you need to travel long distances, choose public transport to reduce the emissions impact of private vehicles.