How natural resources can be conserved
The conservation of natural resources is a crucial element of protecting important foundations of our planet, and ensuring that they will be available in future without serious depletion. Some of these natural resources, like water, sunshine or wind are available in a plentiful and easily renewable supply – but others, like fossil fuels, which we’ve come to rely on for heating and transportation, are not, and so we need to be more responsible about how we use them. Here’s a few helpful tips on how natural resources can be conserved, and how your consumption habits can have a direct impact on them.
Water is a naturally renewable resource, and tidal power has long been recognised as an alternative source of energy to harness, instead of fossil fuels but that doesn’t mean it should be wasted. The energy required to turn undrinkable water into water safe to consume means that we need to be mindful about how we use, and waste, water. Try and conserve the amount of water you use by taking showers instead of baths, using the washing machine with a full load, and collecting rainwater run off to reuse in the garden for watering the plants.
Plants and trees
Deforestation is a huge global concern, as we are destroying this resource faster than we can replenish it, so finding ways to conserve it is absolutely crucial. Clearing forests to make way for building space is ruining our natural environment and destroying habitats for wildlife, so try and conserve this natural resource by using recycled paper materials wherever you can. Many companies with CSR policies will make promises to limit the impact their business operations have on the environment, like the Velvet company’s three trees promise, so you can also help by making more responsible choices when purchasing.
Coal, oil, gas and petrol are part of our everyday lives, but it’s this over reliance on them that is causing their rapid depletion and an increase in pollution, but it’s also prompting the quest to find cleaner, more renewable sources of energy to harness instead, such as wind and solar energy. Conserving these resources can be done through more conscious lifestyle choices – take public transport or walk when you can to avoid using the car, and if you insulate your home and follow advice from your heating engineer to cut down on the amount of gas and oil you use, you could also save money on your heating bills. Use the natural source of wind to dry your clothing instead of relying on expensive tumble driers too.
Growing your own food
The cost of transporting foods from other countries to your front door isn’t measured just in terms of money – there’s the added pollution of transportation too. Combat this by reducing your reliance on supermarkets for fresh produce, and try your hand at growing your own fruit and veg. Not only is this benefiting your wallet, but it could be a fantastic new hobby too. Make sure you check out our recent post on composting too for some added tips on how to do this well.