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50 THRIFTY WAYS TO SAVE PLANET

Updated: Dec 12, 2023


Every day we make choices in our lives that affect the environment, the climate and other species that we share this amazing world with. But there’s actually a lot more that we can do to “choose wild” and reduce our environmental footprint to leave more room-and better conditions- for wild animals and plants.


We have divided these up into easily distinguished areas to make your adaption of them all simple!



HOUSEHOLD + PESONAL


1.Make sure your house has good circulation and natural lighting.

2.Use energy efficient light bulbs. It will reduce pollution and cut your electricity bills.

3.Use cold water landry.

4.Use cloth napkins instead of paper.

5.Check all pipes for leakage and reduce your water consumption at home, this will save up your cost on the water usage. If you do it yourself, you can always ask for professional help from PT.PIPA

6.Buy rechargeable batteries and learn how to dispose of old batteries properly.

7.Water your plants in the morning or at night to minimize evaporation.

8.Always close the water tap when you wash the dishes and turn it back on just for rinsing, the same method goes everytime you take a shower or brush your teeth.

9.Use reusable shopping bags and bring plastic bags to recycling dropoff locations.

10.Make your own composter bin at home (video here). this puts food scraps and garden waste to good use and cut down on greenhouse gases released from landfills.

11.Make biopori on your lawn (video here). dried leaves, branches and fruit remains make good compost for your soil and createbetter absorption to avoid floods.

12.Get to know what to do with your waste and how to segregate your waste at home (video here). recycle your trash by using trusted organisations that can help you to recycle your waste properly like Waste4Change or find the nearestWasteBank.

13.Wrap gifts in fabric, newspaper and other recycle or reusable materials.

14.Keep pollution-fighting plants in your home, like the Lily, Palm Bamboo, Dracanea, Aglaonema or the English Ivy.

15.Try coconut oil for multi purposes-moisturizing, shaving, cooking, make up removal, etc. Instead of commercial cosmetics that often use limited resouces.

16.Boorow books at your local library instead of buying them or go to book swap events.

17.Use scrap paper to write.

18.Donate your clothes to charities or participate in a garage sale once a year to clean out your wardrobe and reduce house storage.

19.Unplug any unnecessary electric gadgets unless if you want to use them (dispensers, microwaves, toasters, coffee machines, home theatres, computes, etc).

20.Donate left over food to community projects like the Hunger Bankor Food Cycle Indonesia.



PETS


21.Use tropical flea treatments instead of flea collars. Many of these collars contain carcinogens and do not biodegrade.

22.Pick up or clean your pet feces. It can spread panthogens into streams when it rains. Use biodegradable bags and dispose them in the trash.

23.Do not slush cat feces unless you have an indoor-only cat that tested negative for toxoplasmois-this parasite can effect marine life.

24.Avoid using cat litter with bentonite clay - it is obtained using a highly destructive and inefficient method called strip-mining.

25.Adopt don’t shop! Adopting a pet will help reduce the demand for breeding and free up space in animal shelters.



PARENTING


26.Choose cloth diapers or environmentally friendly disposable diapers.

27.Choose biodegradable baby wipes, and cut them in half for jobs that do not require a whole one.

28.Cut down on screen time and electricity use by spending more time outside with your kids.

29.Kids grow fast: buy or borrow gently used equipment clothing and toys.

30.Lokk for a traditional toys that are usually hand-made from natural resources to reduce plastic toys.



FOOD + GARDENING


31.Commit to having at least one vegetarian day a week.

32.Replace plastic straws with metal or bamboo and avoid single use plastic packaging.

33.Buy a reusable take out container for restaurant leftovers.

34.Use a reusable mug or tumblr at coffee shop that allow it. (Don’t go to those that don’t allow it!)

35.If old clothing is not good enough to donate, turn it into kitchen cleaning rags.

36.Buy local produce to help local farmers

37.Buy essentials in bulk to cut down packaging and driving to the store, and store them in reusable containers

38.Try to shops at bulkstores like Saruga, Bulkstore&co or Naked Inc.

39.Microwave popcorn bags are lined with harmful chemicals. Pop the old-fashioned way with a pan and oil.

40.Use cast-iron pans. They are free of chemicals and can last for generations.

41.Ordering grociries online cuts down on driving, a safer way in this pandemic and helps you stick to a list.

42.Plant pollinator-friendly flowers for bees and butterflies.

43.Buy shade-grown, organic, fair trade and equal exchange coffee to protect environtments, animals and people.



TECHNOLOGY + TRANSPORTATION

44.Turn your old cell phone in to a recycling program to keep it out of a landfill and prevent toxic battery lekas.

45.Use the car wash; it tends to be more water-efficient and environmentally safe than washing by hand.

46.Use e-banking or mobile banking transaction to reduse paper receipt and going outside in this pandemic.

47.Use power strips so you can switch off power to charge

s and appliances you’re not using.

48.Switch the standard picture mode on your TV to save energy. Flat screens are often displayed brighter than necessary to stand out in retail settings.

49.Avoid idling you car - it can waste up to ½ gallon of fuel per hour and pollutes the air.

50.Obey the law. Aggressive driving (speeding, braking, rapid acceleration) lowers your gas mileage by up 33%.


Why not make this list into a personal challenge and keep


it on your phone, dekstop or write it down on scap paper. See if you can complete 50pct of these ideas in the next 3 months -and all within a year!


And please send any more like these to us at MVB so w


e can help to spread the best ideas to everyone. MVB@phoenix.co.id we would love to hear from you.


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