As we head into the new year, New Jersey residents are looking for ways to be more eco-conscious. But let’s face it; starting new eco-friendly practices at home can be difficult, especially when you already have a lot on your plate. So what are a few ways to be more environmentally friendly?
We here at Neighborhood Compost are all about finding ways to live an eco-conscious life while still being realistic about your day-to-day commitments. Here are a few ways you can lessen your carbon footprint without making huge changes to your lifestyle.
Curb your energy usage
One easy way to use less energy and save a bit of money is to turn off your lights when you’re not using them. Another way to adjust your energy usage is to use your heater and air conditioning less. Of course, do this within reason, but using blankets and layering clothing instead of overheating the whole house is a great way to use less energy throughout the year.
Shop for local produce
Lots of New Jersey residents have access to local goods and produce. When you purchase local, organic products, it takes less gas and less carbon footprint. Plus, you’ll be supporting a local shop or farm. If you’re interested in learning more about local options from Neighborhood Compost, we have several local New Jersey goods available for purchase for our members!
Lessen meat intake
Meat consumption creates a huge water footprint. As a matter of fact, it takes 1,800 gallons of water to create one pound of beef! Luckily, you can lessen your water footprint by making a few adjustments to your diet throughout the week. Even if you don’t want to be vegetarian or vegan, you can eat fewer meat products once a week or for one meal a day.
Adjust your commuting plan
Plenty of New Jersey residents drive into Manhattan during the week for work or other commitments. However, this can cause a lot of unnecessary gas emissions. Try creating a carpool with people from work, or consider using mass transit. If you need to use a car each day to get to and from work, consider investing in an electric or hybrid vehicle.
Composting your food scraps
Composting is a great way to lessen your carbon footprint, especially if you have a big household. If you don’t have a backyard for a compost pile or don’t want to deal with maintaining it, you can always use a compost drop-off or pick-up service. Neighborhood Compost offers various composting plans that are affordable, user-friendly and perfect for those with a busy lifestyle. Plus, we track how much you’re composting, so you see how much waste you’re diverting from landfills!
Whether you want to try eating less meat or want to give composting a try, the most important part of being more eco-friendly is creating a practical plan that you can stick to for the long term.
Neighborhood Compost offers pick-up compost options that fit your schedule, and our Circular Home Shop has plenty of local goods. If you’re curious if we service your area, contact us today! We’d love to help you find ways to live an eco-conscious lifestyle.