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Every day, we make choices that significantly impact the planet. From the clothes we wear to the food we eat to how we travel to work, our actions can dramatically affect the environment. Despite the current generation’s environmental consciousness, much work is still to be done.

If you’re planning on living a more sustainable lifestyle, here is a list of tips to make your daily decisions more responsible.

Conscious Shopping

Every product that we purchase has its own environmental footprint. Every aspect of the process negatively impacts the environment, from the materials used to make it to the packaging thrown away. If you’re not sure it’s necessary, try buying gently used ones.

Drive Less or Go Green

Getting active can help reduce your carbon footprint. You can make fewer trips by walking, biking, or carpooling. You can also start or participate in car-free days in your community. Regular tire inflation and tune-ups can help boost your vehicle’s fuel efficiency and reduce gas consumption.

Water Conversation

Stop purchasing bottled water. Although the water from your tap is free, some companies try to make it sound like it’s not as good as the bottled version. In addition, the production and extraction of plastic bottles harm wildlife and communities. This is especially true since the country is experiencing unprecedented drought conditions, and the population is growing.

Use Your Voice

Being politically active can be one of the best ways to help protect the planet and its wildlife. You can urge your members of Congress to support policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting public lands, and providing reproductive health services. This can help decrease the family size and lessen the impact of climate change on the environment.

Eco-Friendly Home

Like keeping your car in tip-top shape, improving your home’s energy efficiency can also help boost its performance. Make sure that your windows are energy-efficient and have the proper insulation. You can also use a programmable thermostat and light bulbs for more efficient lighting. In many states, incentives are available to help you green your rental or home. Call them to find out if your energy provider provides free energy audits.