limited, and will likely run out if we continue to use them at the rate we are, it is extremely important to conserve them wherever possible. Since many industries and businesses are now regulated by government or local council regulations, one of the biggest places where we can further conserve natural resources is in the home. Some countries, such as Austria and Sweden, are extremely good at conserving natural resources, with a recycling rate of nearly 100% (of materials which could theoretically be recycled). However, countries such as the UK and the USA only recycle a meagre 15 to 30% of their waste stream. Up to 60% of the trash that ends up in landfill in these countries could be recycled¹.
There are many simple ways that you can conserve natural resources in your home. Most of these are based on the simple environmental/green principle of the three R’s: reduce, reuse, and recycle². Keep reading to learn how you can do your part to reduce carbon emissions and stop climate change by conserving natural resources.
- Get into the habit of recycling
- Avoid buying products with large amounts of packaging, or which have non-recyclable packaging
- Don’t use single use plastic bags
- Conserve energy
- Turn off lights and appliances when they aren’t in use.
- Invest in solar panels or a solar water heater.
- Buy energy efficient appliances.
- Don’t use things which you don’t need to: for example, air dry your clothes instead of using an electric clothes dryer.
You can also conserve energy by managing your heating system. Make sure your house is well insulated, and only use heating when you need to. You should also avoid heating parts of your house which don’t need it whenever possible⁵.
The above tips are just some of the many ways that you can conserve natural resources in your home. Remember: every little bit counts in the fight against climate change and environmental destruction.