When thinking of a big city, most people usually think of pollution – and rightfully so! There are lots of people, cars, and garbage being produced, and in turn, lots of pollution. And not to mention the big cloud of smog that hovers over major cities. But there are ways we can reduce waste and pollution just by incorporating a few simple aspects to our everyday lifestyle. If you live in Baltimore, Maryland, you’re probably already surrounded by people trying to minimize their carbon footprint. But the best way to make a change is to start with yourself. That said, here are a few ways you can start living green in Baltimore.
You probably saw this one coming. Have you ever heard the phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle”? For many, this phrase is ingrained in their long-term memories. But, just because they know it, doesn’t mean they always do it. It’s important to take action and put real effort in reducing waste, reusing what we can, and properly recycling the rest. We burn through about 2.12 billion tons of waste annually, so taking initiative in helping decrease that number helps greatly. One way you can do that is by investing in a recycle trash bin. The more people reuse and recycle, the better! After all, a healthier environment only makes our lives much better.
We all know that cars use gasoline, made from fossil fuels, and emit that gas into the environment. Which is not only bad for the environment, but also for us. This not only digs deeper into fossil fuel dependence but also harms the ozone layer. If driving is your typical use of transportation on a day to day basis, try biking to school or work. Or, invest in a supportive pair of shoes and walk your commute. You will get your daily exercise in all while saving the environment. Go you! Baltimore bears bike racks in many areas around the city so be sure to utilize what your city offers. This may also influence others to do the same. So, go get yourself a bike, strap on that stylish helmet, and be a trendsetter.
Minimizing your carbon footprint is as easy as minimizing how much space you take up and how much stuff you have. Instead of purchasing a big home with extra rooms you know you won’t use, find the minimalist in you and live in a space that is big enough for the necessities. If you don’t already live in Baltimore and plan on relocating, you may want to consider selling the things you don’t need, donating them, or responsibly disposing of them. If you don’t want to deal with it, hire a service to sort and dispose of your junk for you. Having only the bare minimum will greatly increase your effectiveness in saving the planet and avoiding unnecessary future purchases. Other things you can do in your everyday lifestyle is turn off any lights that you aren’t using, turning off the water while you brush your teeth, place a bottle of water in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water per flush, take shorter showers, and use energy-efficient appliances and eco-friendly products – just to name a few.
Drive-thrus are fast, easy, and inexpensive. Yet it’s also unhealthy, harmful, and produces a lot of plastic and paper waste. And you’re probably thinking, “I would eat organic food if it wasn’t so dang expensive”. But you can! Baltimore has so many farmer’s markets to choose from that offer quality, clean, local produce at half the price of retail cost. Baltimore is also home to a number of restaurants that only use locally sourced produce in their menus. Some of these restaurants include The Black Olive, The Bicycle Bistro, Water Table, Chameleon Café, and more. Visiting these restaurants will show your support not only to the owners but also to mother Earth.
These are just a few ways you can start living a greener life in Baltimore by simply altering a few aspects of your life. Whether it’s taking shorter showers or dedicating yourself to a minimal waste lifestyle, you’re making a difference. Who knows, you may enjoy biking more than driving a car. You may find a new hiking friend instead of binge-watching Netflix alone. Or you may get in the best shape of your life by eating clean and incorporating a little healthy exercise every now and then. The possibilities for a better, more sustainable future, are endless, and you can start today. It’ll not only benefit you, but also the planet and everyone around you. We hope this inspires you to start living green in Baltimore. And remember – reduce, reuse, and recycle!