The efforts to reduce carbon emissions are reaching an all-time high. There are businesses that are going package-less with customers bringing in their own bottles and containers for the things they need. Conventional grocery stores encourage using cloth bags instead of plastics. For those who want to keep a sustainable lifestyle and do their part for the environment, this is only the tip of the iceberg.
There are other ways you can stay green, even when it isn’t apparent. On your morning commute to work or school, you might feel like you are being forced into contributing to the carbon emissions just by getting in a taxi. However, there are other alternatives even for transportation such as eco-friendly taxis. Here are three ways you can stay green on the go.
Learn how to ride a bike as it’s never too late
Riding a bicycle may seem like a lot of work. It may seem like it cannot possibly be as convenient as a car or a cab. But this is all about routine. After a couple of weeks, your body will adjust to the extra physical effort. You can find new routes that work for you better and with the size of your bicycle you can weave through small streets in between buildings. If you aren’t used to it, take it out for small trips and gradually increase the distance each time. It doesn’t take much to maintain a bicycle and you manage to do your part for the environment.
Transfer to an area that keeps everything within walking distance
If the road surfaces are too rough, perhaps move to an area near your school or workplace and walk. The struggle then becomes more about managing your time and route to minimise the inconvenience. When you run your errands, keep in mind how much you can carry and how far you can walk. When monitored properly it isn’t impossible to walk to most of your appointments.
Find companies that have the same advocacy
The first two options favour those who know the area well or are in small towns. Riding a bicycle and walking in those areas are feasible. However, if you are living in the city, chances are you may be forced to travel to the other side of town. Besides carpooling with friends, why not look for cab services that have the same advocacy.
There are cab fleets that make use of electric cars or cars that run on minimal gas. With transportation companies that run with a negative carbon emission, you don’t have to feel guilty about riding in a taxi.
If you cannot fully commit to the lifestyle, it is fine. It takes a while to properly integrate into a sustainable lifestyle and be completely comfortable with it. Diversifying the ways you commute, like taking public transportation and walking when you can, do make a difference. Firstly, by reducing your overall carbon emissions and secondly by supporting eco-friendly companies that are trying to break into the market.