There is no doubt that we are eating the planet. We consume more resources than our planet can assimilate. Let’s work together to stop this situation from getting worse and worse each year!

It is definitely not an easy task, but certainly not impossible. These little tips help you curb your impact on the environment. Experts say that it takes 21 days to create a habit, here we give you a few more days of margin. Do you accept the challenge?

An easy task is to stop using your car as much as possible, thankfully the DC metropolitan area offers excellent public transportation, and given the crazy traffic during rush hours, this alternative could save hours in commute.

Stop the use of plastic. I understand this is hard to do, especially when most of the food and produce at the grocery store are packed in heavy plastic envelopes, but when possible, make sure always to carry reusable bags. These are available in many stores for less than a dollar, and personally, I suggest the nylon bags which can be folded to the size of your phone so you can fit them everywhere.

Let’s continue to try and use less paper and focus on recycling. As Real Estate Agents, this is sometimes a difficult task to achieve, given I have to continually print hundreds of pages on contracts and information for the clients. However, I make sure to recycle, and for many others who must continue to use paper at work or school, remember that recycling accounts for more than we know. It takes less energy to create paper through recycled and used sheets than by creating ‘virgin’ paper. Recycling is easy, and one of the best ways to live green. Also, make sure to go paperless with all your utility bills. 

Switch to energy effigy lightbulbs. I recommend following this guide to find the best options according to your desired shape, color, and brightness. Pepco offers free consultations where experts come to your property, perform a home energy audit, and provide recommendations to make the change for energy-efficient lamps. Contact them at 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662)  or through their web page.

Try your best to support the local economy and shop at your farmer’s markets. Here you can find links to the locations of such in MarylandWashington DCNorthern-Virginia

When moving, I suggest to all my clients to recycle the boxes. U-Haul offers box exchange, which consists of a drop location inside many stores where customers can drop off their moving boxes for other customers to use, as well as take donated moving boxes for free. Also, you can donate them to your local charity or repurpose them. 

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Changing eating habits is not easy to get used to, but try your best to eat less and less meat every week. According to a United Nations study, “the livestock sector accounts for 9 percent of CO2 deriving from human-related activities but produces a much larger share of even more harmful greenhouse gases. It generates 65 percent of human-related nitrous oxide, which has 296 times the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of CO2.” 

Donate the clothing you no longer wear and try thrift shopping. Reusing clothes reduces waste and population, giving that second-hand clothing are less likely to end up in landfills. Also, many thrift stores directly support charity, and most importantly, this is always the cheapest option not only for clothing shopping but also for furniture shopping. Check out these links to know where you can find treasure pieces in Maryland, Washington DC, Northern-Virginia.

The most important thing is to try your best, remain conscious and educate others on ways we can all help the cause.