Being Green: 3 Advanced Steps

General

Everyone knows to put their paper in the little blue bin. Everyone knows that they should be using reusable bags and shunning styrofoam. Being green isn’t easy, and it isn’t always straightforward. Here are three lesser-known but no less important ways to be green in your everyday life.

Recycle the Difficult Stuff

From large appliances to e-waste Toronto or your area, often the items that are most difficult to recycle are the ones that most need recycling. It might not be large and bulky items. There is also small but accumulated trash like plastic bags from the grocery store. Either negate the need to recycle these items by never accumulating them in the first place or look for the appropriate place to recycle them.

Take public transportation

Taking public transport often seems like an unnecessary hassle. You can’t leave exactly when you want to and you can’t get exactly where you’re going. Once you factor in the extra cost of car maintenance, tolls, gas and parking, you realize just how much of a luxury private transportation is. The environmental cost is less easily tallied but undeniably massive. Systemic problems must be fixed with systemic shifts, and public transportation is likely to be an important part of that shift. Look into the buses and trains that can take you where you need to go: it’s kinder to your planet and your wallet.

Support the science

Supporting the science takes many forms. It means confronting ignorance when you encounter it, even if that makes other people uncomfortable. It also means questioning what you hear and checking the facts as you go, which can be uncomfortable for you.

The point is to improve your understanding, so you can improve your world. Know what you have to do, even when it’s hard, and make the small paradigm shifts that will pave the way for the larger changes that need to happen.