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7 Bad Habits That You Need to Give Up to Save Yourself and Nature

7 Bad Habits That You Need to Give Up to Save Yourself and Nature. Today we at Happy Worthy Life want to remind you that our life is depend on what we do. We will talk about 7 bad habits that all of us do everyday and we need to give up to save the world and others.

1. Use disposable tableware and plastic bags

Plastic plates do not need to be washed, and bags are simply an indispensable thing: without them, it is difficult to carry products to your home. Behind this visible convenience is a huge harm to nature.

Polyethylene and plastic decompose for several hundred years, products from them are stored in landfills or in the oceans. They are mistakenly eaten by birds and marine animals: for example, in 2019 in the Philippines they found corpse of a whale with 40 kg packets in the stomach.

By 2050, the world’s oceans will be more plastic than fish.

In addition, disposable tableware and packages are not the best friends of your budget. Yes, they cost a little, but this is only at first glance. Suppose you go to the store every three days and each time you buy a package for 1 dollars. As a result, in a month you will spend 30 dollars, and in half a year already 180 dollars. With this money you can buy six packs of pasta, several kilograms of apples or a kilogram of chicken breast.

How to break habit

Replace plastic dishes and bags with eco-friendly. Here is the minimal set you need:

  • Shopper. Textile bag for products. It is not only more environmentally friendly, but also more practical than the package . Firstly, the shopper is more durable and will not tear due to the sharp edge of the box a minute after leaving the store. Secondly, it can be used as a regular city or beach bag.
  • Fruits. Reusable fabric bags for vegetables, fruits and nuts.
  • Bottle for water. To take water with you and not buy it in plastic.
  • Thermo mug. Need for those who like coffee or takeaway tea. Take it with you and ask the barista to pour the drink into your glass instead of one-time. By the way, in many coffee houses they give a discount for this.

2. Buy too many clothes, shoes and accessories

We live in a time of “fast fashion”: hundreds of thousands of clothes are produced in factories, the assortment of mass-market stores is updated several times a season – sometimes every week. To keep up with the trends , we buy things every year, six months, several months, or even more often. As a result, a mountain of clothes accumulates in the wardrobe, worn at best two or three times. This negatively affects not only the personal budget, but also the state of the planet.

Due to the production of fabrics into the atmosphere annually ejected 1.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide. The fashion industry also consumes a lot of water. For example, to create one T-shirt, use 2,700 liters – so much is needed to grow enough cotton. Such a volume of water would be enough for one person to quench thirst for three years.

How to break a habit

  • Regularly analyze the wardrobe. Before you go shopping, look at all your clothes and make a list of what you really lack. So you are less likely to buy an unnecessary t-shirt or a fifth pair of blue jeans.
  • Buy second-hand items. Instead of supporting “fast fashion,” it’s better to buy old, but well-preserved clothes. In second-hand stores you can find what is relevant even now: something from the basic wardrobe or trending clothes – the fashion is cyclical.
  • Get quality clothes and shoes. They cost more, but they look better and last longer.

3. Throw out unnecessary clothes in a landfill

First we buy mountains of clothes, then they gather dust in closet, and after a while they go to a landfill as unnecessary. It decomposes and releases greenhouse gases, in particular carbon dioxide and methane, and they contribute to global warming

How to break a habit

Instead of throwing unwanted clothes in the trash, give her a second life. Here is what you can do.

  • Hand in for recycling. This method is suitable for old worn clothes: with irreducible stains, holes or faded fabric. In general, for one that can hardly be worn again.
  • Give it to a help center or thrift store. Things will go to low-income families, homeless people and others in need.
  • Sell ​​on the Internet. Place photos of things on one of the sites with ads: clothing will continue to live in someone else’s wardrobe, and you will earn money.
  • Take to a fremarket or a swap party. There you can exchange your things for clothes brought by other people for free .

4. Do not sort garbage

Naturally, not only clothes are sent to the landfill, but also a bunch of other recyclables. Plastic bottles, waste paper, glass and cans, tetrapack. All this decomposes, releasing greenhouse gases and polluting water bodies.

The average American produces 1 to 1.5 kg of garbage per day..

Sometimes, along with household garbage, batteries, accumulators and electrical appliances fly to the landfill – hazardous waste. They include toxic elements: lead, nickel, cadmium, lithium, mercury. Once in a landfill, such waste begins to decompose, releasing these elements into the soil and groundwater. Or in the atmosphere – if they are disposed of in an incinerator.

How to break a habit

Sort garbage and try to recycle for recycling. According to Greenpeace, more than 27 million residents of large cities of US have access to separate household waste collection.

But you can sort out even if there are no recycling bins in your yard. Just open additional containers at home , such as a bucket or box for glass, recyclable plastic or cardboard. When they are full, take them to a recycling center.

Disposing batteries is even easier. Boxes for collecting them are in many shopping centers and supermarkets – just take the batteries with you when you go shopping.

Old smartphones, computers, mixers and other electrical appliances also need to be disposed of at recycling centers or electronics stores: they often hold promotions during which you can give away used equipment and get a discount on new ones.

5. Buy more food than necessary

This is not about overeating – although this is also a bad habit that can lead to obesity – but about the useless use of food. Remember how often you find expired milk, rotten vegetables, or stew cooked a week and a half ago in the refrigerator. All these products fly into the trash without fulfilling their function.

On average, a year in American is thrown away 25% of purchased fruits, 15% of canned meat and 20% of potatoes and flour.

There are two reasons why you need to get rid of this habit.

  1. Ecology damage. About a quarter of all greenhouse gases resulting from human activities come from overspending. Natural resources are spent on the production of an excess volume of products: water, land, energy. And because of this, it decreases volume of forests.
  2. World hunger. While we throw food in the trash, more than 800 million people on Earth are malnourished.

How to break a habit

  • Do not go shopping hungry. A simple and effective life hack that will save you from buying mountains of sweets, snacks and other unnecessary food.
  • Make a shopping list. This will help to take only the right products and not get discounts and promotions like “3 for the price of 2”.
  • Freeze. Some foods can be stored in the freezer to extend their shelf life, such as butter, fruits, bread.
  • Redefine freshness. Do not be afraid to buy yesterday’s bread or cottage cheese produced three days ago. Look not at the date of manufacture, but at the date before which you need to use the product.
  • Cook as much as needed. If you bought a large pack of breasts, but you live alone – do not use it whole: prepare half, and freeze the second for the future.

6. Do not monitor resource use

Do not turn off the light in the corridor, fall asleep to the sound of the TV, brush your teeth with the water turned on. This is not necessary. Firstly, because of this, you overpay for utilities. Secondly, the resources are not infinite. So, for the production of electricity, stations use non-renewable fuels: gas, oil and coal. And water shortages in the world suffer over 40% of people.

How to break a habit

  • Do not leave the light on when leaving the room.
  • Try not to use artificial lighting during the day if the sun is already bright enough.
  • Unplug electrical appliances. They spend energy even when you are not using them.
  • Buy water-saving nozzles. They can be installed on the tap and shower.
  • Do not pour too much. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and do not open the tap at full power while washing dishes.

7. Move around city only by car or taxi

It is fast and convenient, and it also makes it ideal when the weather is unpleasant or just too lazy to walk. Everything would be fine, but machines produce too many greenhouse gases: one car – more than four tons per year. They also throw away harmful substances into the air, in particular lead, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, which negatively affect health.

How to break a habit

Try to use a car or taxi as little as possible.

  • It is better to overcome short distances on foot: it is good for health, money and ecology.
  • For larger distances you can use muscle vehicles, such as a bicycle or a scooter.
  • If the destination is too far away or you are in a hurry, take public transport.

What do you think about 7 habit we talking. If you have or know any bad habits you can share with us blow post.

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