1. Stop using plastic bags to shop!
Plastic bags are a relatively cheap product. We use and abuse them but the moment one flies away, we don’t even blink, not realizing that they end up in the oceans and deserts and are usually ingested by innocent animals. I could go on and on about whether they’re biodegradable or not and how our landfills are dotted with them but honestly we all know that plastic bags are a pain by all means. We all know it yet we chose our own temporary convenience over everything else that matters.
2. Buy more local produce (and have less waste)!
The closer it’s farmed, the less time and energy it takes to reach you and it’s kinder to your wallet and the environment. It’s also important to note that produce is most likely picked before it ripens or else it’ll spoil on its way to you. Eating local means less pollution and more nutrients.
3. Park your car and take public transport. Or even better, cycle or walk!
I’m not asking you to ditch your car completely, although feel free to do it if you can. I personally find it hard to take any kind of transport other than that if I’m spending the day out and will need my laptop and do groceries and all that but what about the days when you’re lighter? I know public transport is a nightmare in Egypt simply because it isn’t available everywhere, but if you try hard enough you will definitely find a way to cut things short and well, using your car one or two times less every week could help us all. Many of us have a bicycle that’s gathering dust somewhere and most of us have a pair of healthy legs so we might as well use them! Besides, it’s getting colder so excess sweating isn’t a problem anymore!
4. Buy nuts and grains in bulk! Go with your own containers if you can!
I did the experiment so you don’t have to. I tried taking my own jars, I realized it’s a hassle because things get a bit two heavy. Cotton bags though, these are a game changer for me. Just ask them to weigh the bag and then reset the scale to zero and start filling up! It takes them a couple of times to get used to this but eventually they get to know you and we all know how everything is easier in Cairo when “you know someone.”
5. Limit your use of electricity!
We all have that one thing that we abuse, be it your TV or AC. Some of us scroll up and down facebook all day and we end up charging our phones 2-3 times. Some of us always, no matter what, forget the lights on. Others will re-boil the water in the kettle again and again just because they forget that it was on. Who else leaves the TV on while doing other things just to feel the company? So, cut down on electricity when you can.
For the original post, "10 ways to go green in the city NOW!" check out Amira's blog, Urban Earthlings here.