The development of technology over time have contributed to us living in a more convenient lifestyle. Nowadays, almost everything is instant, from the household products we buy to the clothes we wear, even down to the food we eat. Gone were those days when we have to make wine of our own just to have it on our dining table. Now, with just trip to the supermarket or even the convenience store would give us everything we need in our everyday lives. Easier? Yes. But at what cost.
The price we have to pay for this is the degradation of our environment. Whether we fully grasp the impact of the modernization to the environment or not, it doesn’t matter. The result is the same: Trees being cut down to produce furniture and other household products; Mountains are being leveled just for another metal or diamonds to be placed on our jewelry; Air is getting more polluted every day to make way for these factories who give us the ‘instant’ convenience in our lives. What more, we are not aware of it until the worse has come. We are not even conscious that we have been a victim of the ‘newly improved food’ that impacts our health negatively.
Earth Sheltered is dedicated to combating the negative effects of modernization in our own little way – starting from our homes. We may not be aware of it but with little conscious actions on our part, we can totally make a difference.
For instance, we can start by segregating and recycling. By separating those biodegradable and non-biodegradable trash you have, you can determine what among them can be used again. This not only saves you the money from buying products you can get from recycling but also lessen the amount of trash we dispose of in the landfill. You can even earn money from them if you sell as bulk to some companies. You can keep them in your garage in the meantime. Just ensure that your garage door springs are well intact to prevent the wind from scattering them.
You can also start doing away with plastic materials. These are among the advocacies many are trying to push these days. For one, plastic products are the number one cause of environmental degradation. You should think about this the next time you buy that mineral water from the convenience store. Instead of using plastic in grocery shopping, try paper bags or eco-friendly bags. Instead of plastic straws for your drink, why not invest in personal straws that are not disposable? When you go to your favorite coffee shops, bring your own traveling mugs and tumblers than getting their take-out cups.
For home use, you can forget about products that are high sources of Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC). Among these are aerosols and hair sprays. Appliances such as air conditioners and refrigerators have high amounts of CFC as well, especially the old ones. If you buy a more eco-friendly one, the better. Planting trees can help too. While you are at it, you can also think about investing in a more natural source of power such as solar panels.
If everyone will have the initiative to start going Green, the world would be a better place. So let us all start today.