Climate change and the degradation of the environment are mainly as a result of human actions. Unfortunately, most people are not even aware how their actions negatively affect the environment. This includes both minor and major actions. For those who are environmentally conscious, it is important to deliberately make conscious changes that will make them the environment belter. There are some changes that might be misconstrued as being negative for the environment but they are actually helpful. Here are some of the modern actions that are actually helping the environment and not hurting it.
1. Watching TVs and movies online
In today’s digital era, millions worldwide watch videos and movies online, representing a majority in the developed world. These people do not just watch one or two videos, but they watch multiple shows and videos online on a regular basis, totalling to over hundreds of videos in any given month.
One such platform that makes this possible is American Netflix, which provides viewers worldwide with plenty of video content and the latest shows in the industry. Most people watch their favourite TV shows online instead of buying DVD and video tapes.
By switching to digital services, it means that less DVDs and video tapes are bought. This action can help to preserve the environment. VHS tapes are usually made from polyester, which can be quite hard to recycle. This makes dumping them in the trash can a not very good idea.
That is why instead of using tapes and DVDs, it is better to stream content and consumes it without having to worry about how and where you are going to store it. This will save you a lot in terms of physical space and also reduce environmental impact of disposed tapes, as the plastic used to make the tapes can take hundreds of years to decompose.
2. Virtual shopping
Most people are starting to embrace virtual shopping. This experience makes it possible for people to purchase products from the comforts of their home or offices. The major advantage that this provides is that there will be less use of energy, since you don’t have to actually travel to the physical store to get what you want.
Consequently, this leads to less carbon monoxide emissions in the environment due to the reduced travel. This means that as much as 35% less emissions as what would be produced as a result of physical shopping at stores. Most carbon monoxide emissions as a result of shopping is due to the customer travelling to and from the retail outlet.
In traditional stores, products are shipped from the manufacturer, to the distributor and then individual retail outlets before getting to the final client. In ecommerce, most products are distributed directly from the distributor to the final consumer, thereby eliminating several steps in the supply chain.
3. Going digital
As more and more people and businesses embrace digital advancement, the environment is less affected. This is because more businesses are using less paper than before. For instance, newsletters and bills are sent electronically instead of through paper. Moreover, instead of storing physical files in cabinets, companies are switching to cloud storage. Not only does this save on paper, but it also saves on the amount of physical space required to store documents. This helps to drastically reduce the cost of running any business, as businesses can use smaller working spaces.
In addition, most individuals take notes and manage their calendars through their electronic devices. This has led to less dependence on natural resources like wood, therefore less deforestation and less negative environmental impact.