You know what the secret is to getting Americans to take recycling and protecting the environment with all the seriousness with which they take the announcement of the latest soon-to-be-forgotten winner of “American Idol” or “Dancing with the Stars”? It is going to take marketing environmental awareness as a cheaper alternative to the wasting of environmental resources. You can’t impose an ideological imperative upon those who are simply trying to keep their head above water every time a Republican gets elected President and screws the economy for the working man. The truth is that marketing recycling and lifestyle changes related to environmental consciousness as a money-saving endeavor is not that difficult. Oh, sure, not in every single case or even on the majority of issues, perhaps. But with a minimum surplus of effort you can save both money and the world. Or, at least, a little part of it.
Anyone who has ever been a parent since the introduction of disposable diapers knows how convenient this underrated invention really is. Asking those who have gotten used to that convenience to give it up may be hoping for too much. But there’s nothing that mandates you can’t use both cloth and disposable diapers. Cloth diapers you have to wash for reuse surely are nowhere near as convenient as disposable diapers, but they are also nowhere near as expensive. Even counting in the additional costs of water and power isn’t going to bring the total cost of switching to reusable diapers anywhere near the stratospheric outlay of cash that plastic diapers require over the course of your child’s days of freedom from toiletry. The impact on the environment by all those disposable diapers has reached the point of incalculability. So even if you can’t make the switch completely, why not try splitting the difference? Even if you just go to cloth diapers on the weekend, you can save significant sums of money over the long term as well as make a dent on the impact on the country’s landfills.
Use Only Rechargeable Batteries
Yes, rechargeable batteries and their charging stations cost more money upfront than disposable batteries. Way more, in some cases. Everybody alive in 21st century America outside of Amish communities are intensely aware that our lifestyle is most clearly identified by enormous necessity for constant replacement of batteries. So many items in the typical home require batteries and if you are waiting for manufacturers to utilize the technology that you just know had to have been invented by Tesla at some point to create a battery that runs nearly forever, then you need to get over in that line with the same dupes who think politicians of either party are going to put country ahead of Party. Over the long term, rechargeable batteries are way cheaper than disposable batteries and are also the closest thing you’ll likely ever get to a perpetual battery even if does ever see the light of day. Keeping batteries out of landfills contributes to the environment at large. Keeping battery acid from leaking inside your remote controls or replacement battery bin keeps your environment clean.
Invest in a Bike for Short Trips
How often do you drive less than a mile or two for something? Like making a convenience store run or buying a few groceries. The investment of an inexpensive bike built for short trips is environmentally conscious, saves you money and keeps your biological environment in good shape for an added bonus. The gasoline it takes to get you down the road to the grocery store or around the corner to the convenience store or any other place comfortably reached in relatively little time by bike adds up over the course of a year. The pollution emitted during those short runs is made all the worse by the fact that you may just likely be able to make the trip faster by bike. If you can find a way to skip the stoplights and avoid heavy traffic during these quick runs, you actually may be able to add saving time to your plans.
Non-Use is Misuse and Abuse When It Comes to Laptop Batteries
Simply through the act of pulling the plug out of a wall you can immediately start saving money while looking to the long term perspective of saving the environment. Any time you cut back on electrical consumption, the environment benefits, but batteries in laptops lose their natural life span if the computer remains running on electrical power supplied by a hole in the wall. The more you run your laptop on power supplied by a wall outlet, the faster it starts running on its route to obsolescence. Keeping these large batteries out of landfills and dumps for as long as possible has the collective benefit of making your town just a little bit more environmentally pure. Not to mention that you won’t have to shell out money to replace the battery as quickly as if you actually used it. May seem counterproductive to extend the life of a battery by using it instead of not using, but that’s the world of computers for you.