Every 5th of June, World Environment Day is celebrated to remind us that every human living on the palettes of the earth plays a major role in tackling today’s severe environmental concerns.
Making a beneficial impact on the environment can begin with minor actions taken at home, extending it to the types of things we purchase for ourselves.
After everything that’s transpired in the last year, it is more imperative than ever to safeguard our present and future. Now would be the moment to put our promises into actions.
Samsung has shared us with a few environmental tips to start making the first step to commemorate this big decision.
Here are four simple ideas that you can do during World Environment Day to make a significant difference to save the environment and also save our dearest mother earth.
Revamp Empty Used Boxes Into Something New
Packaging materials serve a crucial role in protecting a product from damage before it gets into the hands of consumers. But given the materials they are made of, product packaging has so much more to offer beyond the delivery and unpacking stage.
For years now, many of us have been reusing product packaging such as cardboard boxes for storage.
However, with some ingenuity and the right stationery, cardboards can actually be redesigned into proper home furniture!
Today, there are plenty of hobbyist websites that show you how to covert cardboards into amazing furniture such as chairs, tables and even playhouses.
Samsung’s Eco-Package, for instance, lets consumers convert their product packaging into functional and fun furniture such as shoe racks, mini coffee tables and even cat houses!
All you need to do is cut out the packaging by following the printed dots and assemble the parts to create an amazing item!
Get Rid Of Energy Vampires From Your Home
You might think that there is no energy consumption when a device is not in use or not plugged in.
However, even when on ‘standby,’ most devices have main components that are still running, ready to be used anytime.
This represents a major source of energy inefficiency. Standby power usage accounts for about 10% of the total power consumption of households 2, giving it the notorious nickname: “The Power Vampire”.
As a consumer, you can play a part in reducing energy consumption by looking out for devices built to attain near-zero standby power instead.
Change Your Appliances To Innovative Technology Built On Sustainability
Cutting-edge innovations can be built with sustainability in mind.
When making purchase considerations as a consumer, you can play a part in protecting the environment by looking out for sustainability practices and green features.
Ultimately, when you are using a device with built-in sustainability features, you are not only helping the environment, but you will also most likely enjoy savings in the long run too!
Upcycle your old devices
New innovations within the consumer electronics space are being introduced at breakneck speeds.
Understandably, you would be inclined to purchase the latest gadgets to better support your lifestyles at some point.
However, this doesn’t have to mark the end of the line for your existing devices!
Instead of disposing of an old device, give it a new lease of life through upcycling. With a little dose of creativity, you can give your old device a new job by using it for a completely different purpose.
Here are a few simple thought-starters to give your old smartphone a new lease of life:
1. Use it as a permanent in-car GPS
2. Use it as a security camera at home to monitor your children, pets or elderly parents via an app
3. Use it as a standalone music player by connecting to your favourite speakers
4. Use it as a bedside e-book reader
In the end, every action contributes to a bigger good, and your environmentally-conscious practices will eventually begin inspiring those around you. Let’s be the change folks and make this World Environmental Day the stepping stone to it.