7 daily ecological actions

If you're reading this, you've finally made the right decision. Living an ecological lifestyle takes a lot of willpower. Yet, it's so easy to take care of yourself and the planet! Start with these 7 little tips to apply in your daily life and you will make a big difference for the environment. Remember, every action counts.

1. Limit your trips

It's no longer a secret that choosing to cycle, walk, take the train, bus, metro or carpooling emits less greenhouse gases (GHGs). Although the car is the preferred means of transport, it is essential to consider the previous ecological solutions. These alternatives save money and get in shape, in addition to slowing climate change.

Eco-driving is also an effective way to reduce your gas bill by around 20%. Drive slowly for the first five kilometers, limit your speed to 110 km / h on the highway, stop the engine in a queue, check the tire pressure, limit the use of air conditioning are some examples of eco -conduct. It's a simple way to reduce your carbon footprint.

2. Save water

Water consumption can easily be decreased on a daily basis. In fact, all you have to do is take a shower instead of a bath and turn off the water when you soap or brush your teeth to make a difference. It is also possible to consume tap water by installing a water filtration system (if necessary) so as not to buy bottled water.

You should know that each time the flush is activated, up to 18 liters of purified drinking water is consumed. This water becomes polluted and unusable until it is treated again. A good deed would be not to flush unnecessarily.

3. Reduce your electricity consumption

There are several ways to reduce your electricity consumption, starting with heating. When we heat our home, each degree above 20 °C uses 5% more energy every 24 hours. Lowering the temperature by 3 ºC for only 8 hours saves up to 6% in heating costs. You just have to lower the temperature at night or when you leave your home and you will see a real difference.

Another tip would be to switch your bulbs to light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. They have a lifespan up to 25 times longer than incandescent light and up to 4 times longer than a compact fluorescent. In addition, LED lamps produce 90% less energy than an incandescent lamp. They are also more ecological in that they do not generate any electromagnetic field and ultraviolet rays, in addition to not containing mercury.

It is good to remember not to leave unused devices on all the time. Electronic devices consume a lot of energy even if they are put into sleep mode. Also remember to turn off the lights when you leave a room.

4. Reduce good waste

Food waste is an important point in the race against environmental pollution. Because in addition to being often wasted, food requires a significant amount of natural resources to manufacture, transport and dispose of. It's all about meal planning. Just making a list keeps the basket from filling up with food that could go to waste. Determine in advance what ingredients you will need for the week before heading to the grocery store. Bulk is also a great option to have only the desired amount of certain ingredients.

Composting is a simple and natural solution that involves returning your organic matter to the earth. This practice accelerates the decomposition of food and reduces the multiple negative impacts associated with the transport and disposal of waste. It decreases the pollution of air, soil and water and it has beneficial effects on human health, fauna and flora.

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5. Review your diet

While there are several possible diets out there, our first recommendation would be to follow the food guides. In addition to ensuring your health, they greatly prevent the overconsumption of products. Be aware that overconsumption of meat has a considerable impact on the environment: competition for farmland, GHG emissions, environmental pollution and many others.

To give you some statistics, agricultural production is responsible for around 20% of GHG emissions. Animal husbandry, soybean and palm oil production as well as the agriculture of food products (starches, fruits and cereals) account for 70 to 80% of deforestation in the world. That's not all, 90% of fish are overfished or fully exploited to meet our increasing consumption of seafood. In order for our global natural ecosystems not to disappear completely, it is important to consume wisely.

We therefore discovered a new mode of food consumption that would represent the ideal diet: the flexitarian. It's simple, he eats less meat and chooses seasonal products. He eats a little of everything, reasonably, and focuses on quality foods. It's an effective way to meet your nutritional needs and reduce your carbon footprint.

Here is an example of a flexitarian menu found on the WWF website:
  • Less meat (3 days without meat per week);
  • Less fish (2 meals max per week);
  • More vegetables grown close to home and seasonal;
  • No more legumes and grains (every time you remove animal products: meat, fish, milk, eggs);
  • Fewer processed products and refined flour (halve): cook your own food to be sure of what you eat;
  • No more labels (certified organic, natural, rich in omega-3 labels, etc.).

Eating organic is also important in order to preserve the soil, the rivers and your health. We now find a multitude of certified organic products in specialized shops and supermarkets.

6. Keep only the essentials in your wardrobe

It is easy to buy only according to your needs. We don't need to get a makeover with every change of season. The overconsumption of clothing wastes tons of resources, the manufacture and production of textiles requires the use of chemicals and the transport of the goods causing pollution.

Buy only the essentials, reuse your parts each year, give a second life to disposable clothes and go for the second hand. It will all make a big difference.

7. Engage yourself

When you have done all of these things, all you have to do is get actively involved in the development of your community. Consuming better to preserve your health and your planet is one thing, but becoming aware of environmental issues and thus getting involved in community actions is another.