How to Be an Eco-Friendly Teenager in 6 Easy Steps
Recently, I’ve made an effort to be more environmentally conscious, but it’s not always easy to live in such a wasteful world, especially as a teenager. So, I’ve put up a list of 5 easy methods for teenagers to be more environmentally responsible – Have Fun!
SHOWERS ARE PREFERRED OVER BATHS.
You may save 10-20 gallons of water each time you wash by taking a 5-minute shower instead of a bath. That’s the amount of water you can drink in around 40 days (but don’t drink your bathwater!).
DOUBLE SIDED PRINTING
It’s very self-explanatory, but it’s important! You may change your printer’s default settings to double-sided printing instead of single-sided printing. This is really a helpful tip, especially when printing big articles or tales, since you may save HALF the paper you would normally need!
DISPOSABLE FOOD CONTAINERS SHOULD BE AVOIDED.
That is something you can do to decrease the amount of waste you produce. If you’re carrying a packed lunch to school, Tupperware containers (rather than foil or cling film!) are a good option. I have a pretty nice lunchbox that is divided into three sections. I might have spaghetti salad in one portion, trail mix in another, grapes in another, or anything along those lines. Avoid items like chips or chocolate bars that have a lot of wrapping (particularly considering they’re generally packed individually in a larger combination pack bag!). Many of the items with less packaging, such as the ones I listed, are generally less refined and healthier, so you’ll be doing yourself a favor as well!
Another simple thing to do is to pack a reusable water bottle or flask with your favorite drink instead of buying new water bottles all the time. There’s nothing wrong with tap water, and you’ll save money in the process! You may even bring your own flask to coffee shops and ask for your beverage to be served in it rather than a paper cup when ordering takeout.
DOUBLE-CHECK YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
When I needed to become more environmentally conscious, I calculated my carbon footprint and found it to be incredibly useful in determining how much more eco-friendly I needed to be! This one-of-a-kind calculator is especially useful because it is designed as a survey and is aimed at teenagers and young adults.
You can examine how much garbage you create and how much waste you avoid by calculating your carbon footprint. That, I believe, provided me a good starting point for figuring out where I went wrong!
TO GET TO SCHOOL, WALK OR TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT.
We’ve all heard this a thousand times before, but it’s because it’s true. Did you know that walking or cycling to school saves 328 pounds of CO2 per year, while taking public transportation saves 984 pounds of CO2 per year? That’s the equivalent of 350 or 1,050 miles driven! If you can’t walk or take public transportation, consider forming a car-sharing group with some of your friends to decrease your carbon impact.
BE AN INSPIRATION SOURCE!
Encourage your family and friends to be more environmentally conscious; many people mistakenly assume that just because we aren’t experiencing the effects of global warming right now, it will never happen. Global warming will be well started by 2050, according to scientists, unless we drastically modify our ways. Individuals cannot always make a big difference, but a large group of individuals can strive toward the same goals. People should be informed! Tell them how they may decrease their carbon footprint and why it is vital to safeguard the environment. Nothing beats good old-fashioned mouth language in such situations!