TIPS FOR ECO-LIVING

RESPECTING NATURE AND CARING FOR OUR OWN FUTURE


Save trees, plant trees
A tree not only provides beauty, shade, food for animals and birds, clean water and rivers, pure air but also absorbs carbon dioxide from air.
Plant trees and shrubs in your garden which will attract birds and butterflies 

Do farming efficiently
Sweep the dried leaves and flowers into flower beds or bury them. This will increase soil fertility and also reduce the need for frequent watering.
Make a compost pit to turn organic waste from the kitchen and garden to soil enriching manure
Don't use chemicals in the garden - as they will eventually end up in our rivers
Organic and environmentally friendly fertilizers and pesticides reduces pollution and is better for everyone
Use water efficient irrigation systems. Sprinkler and drip irrigation save water

Walk or bi cycle to nearby places
Fewer vehicles, lesser carbon dioxide in the air
Service vehicles regularly, check tyre pressure

Switch off electricity, when not in use: Save electricity, save money, care for the environment
Do not leave lights, TV, computers, music systems on, when not in use; hear music in groups, use solar powered products

Say no to Plastic bags, use cloth bags for shopping
Carry a cloth bag to the market
Plastics do not degrade easily, they clog drains and are a threat to animals and release toxic gases on burning
Instead of a plastic ballpoint, use a fountain pen with bottled ink
Store food and other products in ceramic containers rather than foil and plastic containers

Be energy efficient, save some for tomorrow
Say yes to CFL bulbs
Use pressure cooker, save cooking fuel
Reduce use of firewood
Use natural light and ventilation in houses

Recycle, reuse and reduce
Recycle your paper, glass, plastics and other waste; 
Use rechargeable batteries, reuse water bottles
Use internet, send e-mail and e-greetings instead of letters or greeting cards
Always use both sides of a sheet of paper and re-use envelopes
Share magazines with friends and pass them on to the local library or offices for use in their waiting rooms
Give unwanted clothes, toys and books to poor people who will accept them

Buy in-season and local foods
Buy fruit and vegetables that are in season to help reduce enormous transport costs resulting from importing produce and, where possible, choose locally produced food.
Tinned, packed, preserved and imported foods need more fuel and generate more wastes

Conserve water, every drop counts
Never waste water, reuse water wherever possible, do not dump plastic and other wastes near water bodies like rivers and always harvest rainwater
Water the garden early in the morning or late in the evening. This reduces water loss due to evaporation. Don’t over water the garden. Water only till the soil becomes moist, not soggy