Unusual ways you can go eco friendly

Eco Friendly

Everyone is already more or less aware of the conventional methods on how to properly recycle. Some routinely do these in the name of going green, but for some reason the waste everybody produces has gotten even worse. It seems like everybody is talking about saving the environment and they try to recycle, but it's not doing anything significant.

Purchasing that bottled water might not seem like a big deal to one person but imagine everyone having the same perspective.

In one year there are over 200 billion bottles of water consumed globally of which 176 billion ends up in landfills or the ocean. There are 1,500 bottles of water consumed per second in the United States alone. Considering that bottled water is 2,000 times more expensive than tap water, it's a wonder everybody loves overpaying for H20.

Drinking water

This is one of the most important things a human being needs. Good, clean, safe drinking water. Instead of buying bottled water from an external manufacturer, it would be more cost-effective and ecology friendly to install a reverse osmosis water filtration system for use at home.

This water purification system works by using household water pressure to push water through the reverse osmosis membrane as well as additional carbon and sediment filters, what's left is good tasting drinking water.

If you have one at home, then it's like drinking the water from your favourite restaurant. That's because they have the very same system installed in their kitchen, so rest assured that the quality of water your home system produces is up to par with the bottled version. Most of these water filtration systems are designed to fit under your sink, and there are a lot of options available.

Having safe drinking water straight from the tap is definitely something every home needs. This particular investment would save time, money and not to mention all the plastic bottles that would otherwise be generated by your household. Make sure to stock up on the needed filters and that's all there is to it.

Use a reusable water bottle

Everybody remembers using a water bottle as a little kid, it's not that unusual, but you hardly see grown adults walking around going about their day carrying a water bottle around. Why is that? Is it because it's not considered fashionable to be bringing a water bottle when you’re out and about.

More than likely it's because people have grown accustomed to the convenience of just buying  bottled water the moment thirst strikes and do not take into consequence one plastic bottle.

Some might own a water bottle for when they hit the gym, go for that run, enjoy the outdoors, or go camping but that is not enough anymore.

Carrying a personal water bottle wherever might seem like a chore, but imagine all the cash you can save by no longer having to buy water from a store when you're thirsty.

If you don’t own a reusable water bottle, start researching the best options. If you want to completely avoid plastic, try a stainless steel or glass version. Buy two for good measure.

Try and picture what the world would be like if everyone contributes in this little way. The world would be saved from having to deal with 105 billion tons of disposable water bottles.

Going Solar

Granted this is one of the more popular options for going green, but not a lot of people know that they can make money by getting a solar power system installed at home. Most environmentally conscious nations have government programs and incentives available to its citizens to help them go green.

If you qualify, then you can even take advantage of these government-sponsored renewable energy programs which would then help to pay for the system in part, or at times the whole cost.

Once installed, because of net metering or feed-in tariffs, the excess energy your solar panels create will be sent back to the utility companies and they will be the ones paying you.

The UK has some has environmental programs currently in place for its citizens. The U.S also has some federal and state grants available for eligible homeowners. The monetary incentives are what's unusual about going solar in these cases. Some may not even be aware that government funding for transitioning to solar exists.

They do. And it's best to take advantage of it while it's available.

Edible utensils

Definitely the most unusual item on the list. The average individual throws away 15 tons of plastic from food packaging in his or her lifetime. Who would think something so small could contribute to so much waste that it ends up creating mountains of trash in your local landfill.

The idea of utilising edible utensils is intriguing, to say the least, and has created quite a buzz for eco-warriors all over the world. The idea came from an Indian company, and it was a big hit on Kickstarter.

It is surprisingly easy to make these edible utensils. Anyone with rudimentary baking skills would be able to create their very own set of consumable tools. All you have to do is first prepare the ingredients: 3.5 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup water, lined baking sheet, 1 tbsp. Salt. Then set up your tools: rolling pin, scissors, knife, metal utensils and then follow this video.

If the idea of making your edible utensils seems too cumbersome, they are available to be purchased in bulk from Bakeys (100 edible spoons per order).

With these in your eco arsenal, one could bring them along for camping trips or for any activity that would otherwise require plastic utensils. The best part is that when you’re done using these, just eat them for a lite snack.

Plastic recycling machine

This is not for the half hearted eco-warrior. Since most plastic ends up in landfill and the recycling rate of plastic is below 10%, building a personal recycling machine for use in your neighbourhood would be a brilliant solution.

There is an open source plastic recycling machine which would allow the user to reuse, recycle and reform plastic into any mould they sees fit. There is a multitude of applications.

This type of machine would enable old materials to become new again. It’s not a big machine and can comfortably fit in a tiny garage or a shed in the backyard.

Making new products from recycled materials can prove to be profitable as well. Selling these items locally or online and making a few dollars would be a nice return for helping to save the environment.

Action the unusual

These environmental woes will not disappear by themselves. Everyone has to do their part in managing our wasteful ways to keep the planet habitable for the future generations.

These are just a few unusual examples of how you can save money saving the environment and avoid unnecessary plastic. Filter your water, use a reusable water bottle, get paid for transitioning to solar and recycle.

Author Bio

Emma is a part-time property developer who loves sharing how others can make their homes amazing both inside and out on her blog Fixtures and Flowers. You can chat to Emma on Twitter.

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