What daily activities affect the environment?

What are human activities?

By Austin Downes and Richard Acevedo

Human-generated waste has been harmful to our environment for some time. People create so much trash that they can’t deal with it in a sustainable way. Non-biodegradable waste that cannot be properly recycled fills our oceans and landfills. Let’s take plastic waste as an example. A recent study found that of the 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste that was generated, only 9% of that plastic waste was recycled. (Learn more about plastic pollution and how you can help reduce your own waste.) In 2017, for example, the Environmental Protection Agency calculated that the total municipal solid waste generated in the United States that year alone was 267.8 million tons. Compared to 2015 levels, this represents an increase of SEK 5.7 million. Taken together, the amount of waste generated affects the environment in several ways: its contribution to the exacerbation of the climate crisis, its negative impact on wildlife and the natural environment, and its harm to our general health.

Boiling water with electric appliances

Using electric heating to take a hot bath or make morning coffee is not very efficient. The amount of energy used to boil water with electricity makes this method one of the most expensive. Since most of the electricity is generated using coal and diesel engines, there are negative consequences for the environment.

Many people use cleansers that contain plastic microbeads to exfoliate and clean. Scientists call it a serious environmental problem. The microplastic balls are too small to be filtered during wastewater treatment and end up in water bodies. There, fish and other creatures ingest plastic, harming their health, poisoning their organs and damaging their gills. This is how microplastics kill marine organisms.

commuting

Whether you travel on business trips or the daily commute, the way we travel is one of the biggest environmental pollutants in our lives. You may not be able to give up these habits, but taking steps to reduce them will affect the environment, local pollution levels, and your health. Consider ditching your car once or twice a week and cycling or walking to work instead, and sharing a lift or carpooling with co-workers on alternate days. Fuel economy drops faster than 60 mph, so maintain speed limits while driving and make sure your tires are inflated because fully serviceable tires can also save the amount of fuel your car uses.

We live in a world of widespread paper use, where recycling can easily relieve guilt and encourage even the most dedicated user of old paper. We may all be guilty of throwing away reusable pieces of paper at least once, if only for notes and to-do lists, but it’s easy to forget that recycling still uses energy, which can be reduced by choosing to reuse. Check out our helpful guide to reducing paper waste at home and at work and see what other small changes you can make to change this daily habit. (texajp_7)

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