Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Top 10 Green Choices to Improve Our Life
The planet is becoming complicated by each passing. We have over a billion people in the country snug.
Resources are scarce. Pollution levels have hit the roof. The noise and the crowd in the city intimidate us. Many countries are dying to get those goddamn nuclear weapons. Natural disasters keep visitng us every now and then. Meanwhile, you have enough problems just trying to remember your girlfriend's birthday. Amidst the entire mad urbanization spree we're on, the environment is being utterly disregarded.
It's time to go green now. And it would not only contribute to the betterment of the planet, it would also bring out a better man in you.
Here are top 10 green choices that will perk up your life. They're easy and effective, and each will make you a better man
10. Try Ecotourism
Aren't you bored from living in your city since ages? And then you're planning a trip to Dubai! It's time to connect with the nature and move away a bit from the “urban”. India has a number of good ecotourism spots. The Kumaon and the Garhwal regions in Uttarakhand and then there's HImcahal and Jammu and Kashmir. Down south, we have Nilgiri Hills and Kerala. And many more. Explore. Pack your bags. And make the move. During the trip, try and interact with the locals. You can find out about the flora and fauna of the region.
9: Get a Cool Travel Mug
Do you have any idea about how many paper cups get wasted each day in the offices in Delhi alone? The number would be in lakhs. And not all cups are made of recycled paper. It's time to upgrade to a stainless steel travel mug. It will be leak proof, durable and would retain more heat than paper.
8: It's Time for CFLs
There were times when compact fluorescent lamps used to be scarce. Even if you managed to find one, the price was extortionate. But that's history now. If you are studying under that age-old Philips 100 W bulbs, you need to come of age. You will be consuming (not you personally, but the bulb) a hell lot of energy rather than helping in energy conservation. CFLs have come way down in price, and their performance is on par with or even better than incandescent ones in terms of light quality. The best thing - they use 70% less energy.
7: Eat Local, Seasonal Food
We are generation obsessed with McDonals and Pizza Hut. People have forgotten local delicacies and seasonal foods. Eating local, seasonal foods means your body will be in tune with the environment. Also, if you procure stuff from the locals, farmers etc. you would be helping them in earning a livelihood and most probably save a lot of money for yourself. Lay a lot of emphasis on seasonal fruits and vegetables and resist the usual junk - burgers, fries, sandwiches etc.
6: Organic Underwear
Underwear is a good place to start when it comes to switching to eco-friendly apparel. The very idea of wearing that underwear made of plastic fibres in a factory with a chimney is er…disconcerting to say the least. You would be making your due contribution to the environment protection by bidding those harmful bleaching chemicals goodbye.
5 Keep Walking
For Good Lord's sake get rid of that habit of hopping on to you mobike for going the local shopping centre which is barely 100 meters away. Stop vrooming your SUVs for visiting a friend who lives in the next block. Walking down to nearby destination would be a great thing to do. Not only would it help in saving fuel, it would also let you stay healthy. It'll also save you money, open your world up to new places and give you time to reflect on life
4: Plunge into the 'Car Pool'
Rather than driving to your office/college in your sedan all by yourself, try going for a car pool. You have no idea how much fuel you can save this way. Besides, it would be an interesting drive. You guys can interact, indulge in meaningless blabber or even groove to the music. This way you wouldn't even mind the distance and traffic snarls. And of course, this will strengthen the bond of friendship.
3. Organic Wine
Organic foods are gradually becoming a mainstream food culture. You love the glitzy wine but please stop for a minute to ponder upon the fact that grapes, just like any other crop, require pesticides and chemicals to mass production. Now would you like to sip those darn chemicals by the candlelight? Organic wine is the solution to all this.
2. Go Paperless
From regular emails and discount coupons, from credit card bills to utility bills, everything can be managed online. Save paper, spare the trees and save the environment. Not only would you reduce the clutter around you, managing of all this stuff would become a lot easier.
1: The Veg Surprise
According to a 2006 United Nations initiative, the livestock industry is one of the largest contributors to environmental degradation worldwide, and modern practices of raising animals for food contributes on a "massive scale" to deforestation, air and water pollution, land degradation, loss of topsoil, climate change, the overuse of resources including oil and water, and loss of biodiversity. Turn into a veggie and make your valuable contribution in protecting the planet.