40 tips to take care of the planet: Part 2/3

Producing and distributing energy generates a lot of greenhouse gases, so, to take care of the planet, it saves energy!

15. Take advantage of solar energy. Not only as natural light, also as a source to recharge your devices, there are solar chargers for many things like cell phones, watches, calculators, etc.

16. Do not waste energy. Turn off lights you do not use and unplug electrical appliances.

17. Definitely change the bulb bulbs by saving bulbs.

18. Your refrigerator uses more energy than any other appliance in your home, but these are the steps to keep your energy consumption to a minimum.

  • Keep it between 3 and 5 ° C, the freezer between -17 and -15 ° C.
  • Open the door as little as possible and for a short period to conserve energy.
  • Do not place it near a heat source.
  • Clean the condenser spools that are located behind or under the refrigerator at least once a year.

19. And continuing in the kitchen. Use pressure cookers, because it spends little energy. Use pans and pots with a flat bottom and a diameter greater than the surface of the grill, so cooking will be faster and save energy.

20. Do not preheat the oven. It is unnecessary. Also, turn it off 15 minutes before, the heat remaining in the oven will finish the cooking.

Consumerism has a serious impact on the environment: it implies a greater extraction of raw materials (natural resources) and generates more toxic and waste, so a fundamental tip to preserve the planet is:

21. Be a responsible consumer. Consume only what you need and exhaust the life of the products, in other words: reduce, reuse and recycle.

22. Also be a responsible water user. Do not waste this increasingly scarce resource and at the same time you will be saving energy because making it reach your home, treating it and discarding it implies an energetic expenditure.

There are several practices in agriculture that damage ecosystems, such as the use of agrochemicals and the planting of transgenic crops.

23. Say no to transgenics. Neither in our field nor in our table. Opt for fresh and natural products.

24. Change the shopping center for the market. You will be buying fresher and safer products, without GMOs, in addition to supporting local producers.

25. Read the labels of the products you buy. If you find any of these ingredients on the label, beware, it can be transgenic:

  • Soy: in the form of flour, protein, oils and fats (often “hidden” behind the concept of vegetable oils or fats), emulsifiers (lecithin-E322), mono and diglycerides of fatty acids (E471) and fatty acids.
    Corn: in the form of flour, starch, oil, semolina, glucose, glucose syrup, fructose, dextrose, maltodextrin, isomalt, sorbitol (E420), caramel (E150)
  • Cotton: in the form of oil from seeds
  • Canola: in the form of oil.

26. Prefers organic and fair trade products. Organic products respect the environment in their production process and are healthier and safer than those processed industrially. The certification and denomination of internationally recognized organics prohibits the use of transgenics – or derivatives thereof – in the products of agriculture and livestock. Fair trade products also allow the combination of care for the environment with a true empowerment of peasant communities through the equitable sharing of profits and decision making.

Author: Ricardo Chavez

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