In 2015 our offices here at Martin & Martin saw a huge change for the better when we officially went green. We partnered with LOTT Industries to downsize our paper collection tremendously, going from 30 file cabinets down to 5. Our recycling efforts undoubtedly saved many trees and energy for our environment, but we didn’t stop there. Our interior was updated with eco-friendly products and fixtures also. The efforts that went into renovating our space was supported by the desire to make small changes that add up to a big difference. With Earth Day 2019 quickly approaching on April 22nd we wanted to share some ideas on what small changes you can make to better our environment.
In your home one of the easiest changes you can make is to focus on your water consumption. Leaks around the house, no matter the size, can lead to significant water waste and should be fixed. If you are a family that leaves the water running while washing dishes or brushing your teeth change your practices to conserve instead. Take stock of the appliances and fixtures in your home that utilize water – shower heads, toilets, faucets, dishwasher and washing machine. Switching these out for updated eco friendly products will save money, water and possibly increase the overall value in your home. Does your curb appeal benefit from your green thumb? Consider installing a rain barrel to hydrate your landscaping instead of the hose or sprinkler.
Haven’t jumped on the electric car bandwagon yet? That’s ok, there are some ways to make your gas-powered vehicle more economical. The heavier a vehicle is the more gas it takes to move it, so peek in the trunk and see if there is anything you can do without. Aggressive driving is also harmful to the environment. Driving above 55 mph decreases your fuel economy. You may be tempted to step on the gas but driving at 75mph instead of 55mph increases your fuel cost by 25% and more fuel equals more emissions.
Changing your lifestyle for the better is also extremely simple. First on the list would be to invest in a reusable water bottle and end the problem plastic bottles that wind up in landfill – almost 80% despite recycling. Another item would be to borrow instead of buy. Does your child need a new car seat or are you on the lookout for a different set of golf clubs? Try looking at Facebook Marketplace and other online resale sites first. Turn to your local library for your books and DVD’s – our own Toledo Lucas County Libraries have an amazing online collection that is downloadable straight to your tablet or smartphone.
See how the small changes can all lead up to something big? Going green is beneficial not only to you, but to the environment as well. Keeping your changes small and manageable at first can promote a shift in how you view the earth and our time on it. Understanding the importance of the environment and our effect on it can help generations to come enjoy a healthier future. Share your changes with us on our Facebook post on April 22nd, we would love to hear what tips you may have!