April 22, 2020, will mark the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day celebrations that took place in 1970. Isn’t it time that each of us did what we can to protect our planet?
As IKEA has always been a brand that cares a lot about sustainability and helping the planet, we asked their experts to suggest some small changes each of us can make to help the planet. Here’s what they had to say about what you can do:
Plastics are some of the most common and non-degradable pollutants on the planet. Therefore, consciously avoid plastics and opt for recyclable materials whenever possible.
Buy a long-lasting water bottle and take it with you when you go out. This is the easiest way to avoid buying bottled water. IKEA has a wide selection you can browse.
Similarly, switch to eco-friendly garbage bags rather than using plastic ones. In the kitchen, use Tupperware or glass containers to store leftover food in, rather than using plastic boxes.
Buy local produce
When shopping, consciously choose veggies and other products with an eye on their carbon footprint. As a general thumb rule, buy local produce.
This is because non-local produce has to be transported to the store from elsewhere – and this process involves a lot of pollution in various ways.
Switch to LED
IKEA has long believed in the power of LED lighting, and this reflects in their vast collections.
Look around your home and try and replace all lighting with LED bulbs, which last longer and save energy. Not only is this eco-friendly, it will also reduce your electricity bill.
Plant a tree. If you don’t have a garden, check if you can plant a tree in a communal space. Take the responsibility of watering it and taking care of it. Involve your children if you can.
Reduce the usage of personal vehicles as much as possible. Walk to a nearby supermarket instead of taking your car. Use public transport whenever possible, or carpool for school runs and activities.
Replace leaky taps
Did you know that leaky taps account for a lot of water wastage across the world? That’s why you should check all the taps in your home and replace leaky faucets immediately.
Potable water is becoming an increasingly rare commodity and your children and their children will thank you for your caution one day.
Adopting these simple steps will lead to big changes in the way you live, eventually benefitting the environment and helping future generations for years to come.