The WWF Tips on How to Reduce Your Ecological Footprint

For over 50 years now, the WWF has been educating people on how to protect our environment by doing simple things. Most of these tips are very basic, such as the following:
  • Turning off electrical equipment when not in use
  • Opting for energy-efficient appliances
  • Saving water by turning off the tap when shaving or brushing your teeth. When washing vegetables, collect the water used to wash them and utilize it to water your houseplants or for toilet use.
  • Sending of electronic greetings via email, rather than sending of paper cards. 
  • Reducing the use of electric fans or air-conditioning by lowering or closing your curtain during hot days in order to keep the house cool. 
In your garden, the WWF suggests the following tips: 
  • Use a basin or a tank to collect rainwater. You can use it to water your garden or wash your vehicles (but this is not usually advisable as rainwater  may affect the color of your car). 
  • Water your plants early in the morning or late in the evening. Doing so will reduce water loss caused by evaporation. 
  • Collect and place fallen leaves and flowers under shrubs or into flowerbeds. This is to prevent frequent watering. This is also useful in increasing the soil's fertility. We have an area in our front yard where I used it as a compost pit. Instead of throwing our organic waste from the kitchen to the garbage can, I place it here instead. 
The WWF also recommends bringing your own bags when having your grocery shopping. This is to help you reduce the use of plastic bags which can create so much waste to the environment. Also, it is advisable to patronize products that utilize less packaging. 

And always recycle as much as you can to further protect our environment. 

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