And you? What can you do?

Travelling by bicycle is one of the funnest ways to avoid polluting and help the planet. (Xavier Gómez)

The green revolution begins with small actions in our day-to-day lives

Someone once said that small changes are powerful. Changing our habits and incorporating very simple actions into our daily routines can make a world of difference.

1. The rule of the “3 R’s”

It is important to follow the rule of the “3 R’s”: Reduce the amount of waste we produce and the products we consume, Reuse objects and materials, and Recycle in the corresponding container.

2. Use public transport

If you have to travel around the city and you can’t go on foot, the best solution is public transport: buses, subways and trains pollute much less than cars and don’t get stuck in traffic jams …

Using public transport significantly reduces carbon dioxide emissions per person. (Xavier Gómez)

3. Turn off the lights

When you leave your room, your home, the classroom … remember to turn off the lights! Not only you will pay less in bills, but you also save the energy and resources that are used to produce it: oil, natural gas, water, coal …

4. Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth

Shhhhhhh … Do you hear it? It’s the sound of litres and litres of wasted water! When we brush our teeth with the tap running, when we pull the chain to flush a tissue … Water is a scarce resource, so think before you use it!

5. Buy local products

By buying food or products that have been produced close to home, we not only contribute to improving the local economy but also help to pollute less, because the routes used to transport goods are shorter.

6. Reuse bags …

The same plastic bag that you were given in the shop can be used to store a snack, carry a gift to your grandmother and, finally, to collect all the containers for the yellow bin.

7. … or even better: use cloth bags!

And to be super-ecological, forget the plastic bags! Use cloth bags or a cart to go shopping: this will reduce the use of plastic bags, which are made with polluting materials such as oil.

A cloth bag, a purse, your backpack … anything is better than consuming plastic bags. (Digitalskillet / Getty)

8. Use recycled paper

To avoid cutting down more trees, you can choose recycled paper: this type of paper is made from other paper that has been thrown into the blue container to be recycled. You can even make your own recycled paper at home!

9. Convert organic waste into compost

If you have plants, an orchard or a garden, you can take advantage of leftover food produced at home to make compost: a natural mixture that works as plant food… you’ll see how they grow!

10. Avoid products with a lot of packaging

The white polystyrene tray, the plastic wrap, the plastic net to hold it … is so much packaging really necessary, if it all ends up in the trash? It’s best to buy bulk products, produced locally, and avoid disposable packaging.

Waste packaging and various plastics reach the most remote areas of the planet. (Getty)

11. Separate waste

Plastic bags and containers on one side, glass bottles and jars on the other, paper and cardboard together, leftover food in biodegradable bags… Separating waste helps reduce the amount of rubbish we produce and facilitates recycling.

12. Tell your friends!

With small actions like these, we can all contribute to improving the environment. One person alone can make small changes, but many people together can make a big change: the more we are, the further we’ll get!

And remember: small changes are powerful. (Getty Images / iStockphoto)

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