Make a Difference in the World Around You
April 22 is the annual observation of Earth Day, “the largest civic-focused day of action in the world.” While participants across the globe shine a spotlight on sustainable awareness and urge action, there are several ways that you can make a difference in your everyday life. Some of the most common excuses for not taking sustainable measures are that it’s expensive and time-consuming. The below suggestions are simple and free ways to become greener every day.
For many, recycling might be as easy as noticing which bin you’re throwing your used Pepsi can into. Many workplaces, parks, and public spaces now feature recycling bins in order to make recycling that much simpler. If you’re unsure about what is recyclable and what should be trashed, learn more here. You can help keep your workplace on track by suggesting the implementation of recycling bins and offering to create sustainable initiatives (such as a recycling rewards system) that are earth-friendly and budget-wise. One simple email to your boss and you’re already doing your part to make the world a better place.
Revolutionize Your Meals
There are countless benefits to packing your lunch every day because it’s cheaper, more efficient, and it’s better for the environment. Think about all of the disposable wrapping involved in takeaway foods. If you eat out at least once a day, that trash adds up fast. Packing your meals ahead of time is a healthier option for you and the environment. You can even take it one step further and choose food from your local farmers market, which makes less of an impact because the ”food will have traveled shorter distances to get to you.”
If you bring your food from home, you have control over how much you’re impacting the environment. Utilizing a reusable water bottle instead of a plastic water bottle is an easy way to make a big change because 90% of recyclable water bottles are not actually being recycled and are instead sitting in landfills. You can also opt for a greener way to carry and eat your food - reusable utensils and tableware. Not only is this option better for the earth, it takes up less of your workday. No longer do you have to go to the kitchen and search for the things you need to eat your lunch. Bring reusable containers and utensils from home and you’ll experience a more productive workday (and save money).
Let Go of Your Paper Dependency
According to the Sierra Club, “the average U.S. office worker goes through 10,000 sheets of copy paper a year.” As a real estate agent, there’s no telling how much paper you go through on any given day. To be more green, start to rely more on mobile apps and sleek websites rather than printing. When you cut down your paper products or even switch to double-sided printing, you make a real difference. If you’re worried about running out of flyers at an open house, take note of how many extras were left over from a previous open house and adjust your printing habits from there, or only work with recycled paper. A little change at a time will be more manageable for you and yet still monumental for the environment.
Invest in Hybrid Technology
One of the most popular ways to make a difference in your carbon footprint is opting for a bike over a car. As a real estate agent, that option isn’t quite as feasible. You need a reliable vehicle that will have a lesser impact on the environment while saving you on gas money. You might consider trading in your current car for an electric or hybrid vehicle. According to The Nature Conservancy, “American workers spend an average of 47 hours per year commuting through rush hour traffic. This adds up to...23 billion gallons of gas wasted in traffic each year.” Cut your carbon footprint in a big way and rethink your daily commuter car.
Remember, many buyers in the market today are seeking environmentally-friendly homes so be sure to market solar panels and smart efficiencies in the homes you’re selling. And after implementing some of these earth-friendly practices at your office, you can prove to your clients that you are a part of a thoughtful and considerate organization.