Did you know that Gulf countries rank among the top 10 per capita waste generators in the world and only 10% of waste generated is recycled? The UAE’s per capita waste generation is around 1.2 to 1.3 kilogram per day, and it all ends up in landfills. With a goal to reduce these figures, the UAE’s government is aiming to recycle 75 percent of municipal solid waste generated.
We live in a country where 550 liters of water are consumed per day and per capita, which overtakes the world averages. This is only one of many examples that shows we have the power at an individual scale to protect and help replenish the world of its natural resources. Veolia Middle East shares its top tips to help communities play a key role in reducing waste with easy and sustainable habits that can be adopted at home on a daily basis.
Discover how below!
1. Take a shower instead of a bath: you will save 45L of water
As long as you aren’t standing below the shower for 45minutes, showers definitely beat baths from an environmental standpoint. It is said that an average 10minute shower uses up to 20 gallons of water, whereas it takes up to 36 gallons of water to fill up a bathtub. If these figures do not make you want to switch to being a shower person, then remember, bath’s can also strip your skin off its natural oils, leaving it inflamed and irritated.
2. Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth and save 18L of water
Most people have a habit of leaving the tap running while brushing their teeth. However, the only time you really require water during this process is to wet your brush and wash your mouth. The rest of the time, while you are scrubbing your teeth, the water is just flowing and getting wasted. A simple habit of turning off the tap will not only help in conservation but also help reduce your water bills.
3. Switch for bar soap!
Liquid soaps require 5 times more energy to create and 20 times more energy to package as compared to simple bar soaps that are usually packaged in cardboard containers or paper. Consumers also tend to use more liquid soap per wash than they would if it were to use a bar. Disposing of the container of a liquid soap is another big issue, as the plastic body will only load up the landfills, compared to the cardboard body which is biodegradable.
4. Choose local and organic foods
Our day-to-day diet has a huge impact on our carbon footprint, which significantly affects our world. Food production alone is responsible for one-quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. By simply sourcing food locally, consumers can help reduce emissions associated with transporting food from one location to another.
5. Eat fewer processed foods
Processed food is unhealthy! We cannot stress that enough. Not only do they contain excess amounts of sugar, salt, and fat but the packaging process also consumes a lot of energy, which produces emissions that damage our environment.
6. Make your own cleansers!
Did you know that with soap, some baking soda, and a bit of vinegar, you are on your way to a sparkling interior – without the harmful chemicals and packed cleaning closet? Leave traditional cleaners that are full of chemicals and plastic packaging and create your own homemade cleaners instead.