Small Ways That You Can Make A Big Impact On The Environment

Posted on: 25 February 2015

The environment suffers daily from the lasting effects of trash buildup and items taking up space in landfills and water sources. This can lead to soil contamination and breakdown of the ozone layer surrounding the planet. It can be overwhelming to think about switching your entire lifestyle over to reducing your carbon footprint or minimizing your impact on the environment. Starting off by making small changes will help you make a big impact in the long run. 

Recycle Household Materials

Municipal waste pertains to the items that most people throw away that eventually ends up in a landfill or incinerator. More than 95 percent of all food waste that is discarded could be used as a natural compost. You can easily create your own compost pile to generate nutrient-rich topsoil for your garden or houseplants. Here are some common household items to include:

  • Dryer lint
  • Coffee grounds
  • Newspaper
  • Corn cobs
  • Crushed eggshells
  • Fruit and vegetable scraps

Combine these items with outdoor waste such as pine needles and dead leaves to produce decomposition. This breakdown process eventually turns into a humus and organic matter that feeds your plants and helps improve their root system. In addition to creating a compost pile, you can also improve the environment by recycling as many items as possible, including plastics, glass, old electronics, and paper products.

Weatherproof Your Home

Keep your home airtight to help your furnace and air conditioner work less and discharge less emissions into the environment. You can achieve this by weatherproofing your home. Seal up cracks around windows and doors with caulk and weatherstripping materials. Add foam insulation to areas where rolled or blown-in cellulose insulation can't reach. Using less gas and electricity through the entire year can slash the cost of your utility bills significantly.

Purchase Items Second Hand

Before you decide to order some new household items off of the internet from your favorite online retailer, think about the impact this may have on the environment. All of the gas it will take to deliver the items and all of the packaging that will go to waste can impact the environment negatively, even if it's just a small box being shipped. Look for the same items at a second hand store or rummage sale to save you a lot of money and help reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.

Cash In On Scrap Metals

Chances are, if you've done any major remodeling work in the past few months, you likely have a pile of metal that you need to take to the scrap yard. Even small amounts of metal can be worth something in return. The real advantage is that manufactures can reuse or re-manufacture many non-ferrous metals including brass, aluminum, copper, and bronze into brand new items for future product use.

Reducing the amount of waste your household eliminates each day can really add up. Take a step back and look at how you can start recycling and reusing items rather than throwing them away. Join the experts at American Northwest Recycling to help the world become a cleaner place.