Recently, the Greenpeace and AirVisua analysis of air pollution readings from 3000 cities around the world made a shocking and alarming discovery. 22 of the 30 most polluted cities in the world are in India. Not just that, Gurugram holds the unique honour (or rather dishonour!) of being the most polluted city in the world. When you take into account how Ghaziabad, Faridabad, and Noida hold the 2nd, 4th, and 6th ranks respectfully, it becomes clear that, now more than ever, Indians need to start making some serious and necessary lifestyle changes. Fortunately for all us, it isn't all that challenging to 'go green', especially when you can just practise some simple eco-friendly hacks that will go a long way in reducing your carbon footprint.
And so to help reverse the alarming trend of Indian cities dominating the list of the most polluted cities in the world, and to do our bit to combat global warming by large, here are five eco friendly hacks that all Indian men should practice, for their own sake if not ours.These Green Tips Are Easy AND Effective HACK 1: Carpooling Is Mandatory
There are multiple benefits of carpooling that aren't just limited to reducing your carbon footprint and doing your bit to save the planet. After all, not only do you get to actively help reduce the massive traffic jams all of us are constantly stuck in, but you also end up saving a decent amount of money (whether you are carpooling in your own car, or using Uber pool). In other words, it becomes a win-win situation for all us, which is precisely why carpooling makes for such an amazing eco-friendly hack.HACK 2: Invest In Organic Clothes
Most of us don't pay much attention to the fabric composition of the clothes we wear. While we are more concerned with the fit, the styling, and even the brand of our clothes, the fabric composition, arguably the most important aspect of the clothes we wear, is rarely a priority.
This is where investing in organic clothes makes for such an amazing eco friendly hack to practice.
First of all, clothes made out of organic cotton are a result of organic farming practices which happen to be immensely eco-friendly. So you are immensely reducing your carbon footprint by just replacing your clothes with organic alternatives. That's not all though, as organic cotton clothes also endure better colour and sweat absorption (primarily because they are equipped with natural wicking properties), and prevent any potential skin allergies.
They are also not that expensive to purchase. In fact, some of the best organic cotton t shirts for men out there are actually incredibly affordable, thereby giving you yet another reason to invest in organic clothes.HACK 3: Go Paperless
This is perhaps the easiest eco-friendly hack to practise. After all, thanks to the rapid advancements in technology that have taken place, going paperless has become easier than ever before. With smartphones and tablets becoming more and more efficient, there is simply no excuse for you to be carrying around a notebook. In fact, nowadays you can find an app for pretty much anything. And while nothing can beat the old world charm of flipping through the pages of a book, switching to a Kindle is both practical (you can store thousands of books in one small device), and helps you do your bit to save the environment.HACK 4: Get A Reusable Tote Bag
Believe it or not, but plastic (especially plastic bags) is a leading cause of environmental pollution and degradation. And since most Indian shopkeepers, particularly department store owners, aren't necessarily shying away from using plastic bags, the onus lies on us to do something about this damaging trend. As such, investing in a tote bag becomes a no-brainer. Not only will this help you avoid getting your groceries in a plastic bag, but you can also use it again and again (one tote bag should ideally last you at least a year).HACK 5: Rent Things, Don't Buy Them
This is one hack that can be applied to a vast majority of things that you own (or want to own!). While we all need our own smartphones and grooming essentials (razors, moisturisers,etc.), there are other things that we don't necessarily have to buy. Whether it's the latest PS4 games or a suit you want to rock for your friend's wedding, there is nothing wrong in renting them instead of purchasing them out right. Apart from reducing your carbon footprint, you will also save lots of money, and when can that ever be a bad thing?