Two tricky paths to being environmentally friendly


There is an increasing concern for the way we treat our planet. People are buying green or hybrid cars; they’re using alternate energy and fuel, even opting for different lighting devices.

However, it’s also worth considering what careers we can invest in that are able to help us with a greener future.

For example, there is an ongoing discussion about whether or not paper books are worse than digital. Without really considering, we might assume that ebooks – which use no paper and exist on tablets and computers – are better for the environment. After all, no paper is being made from trees to get the books out.

But that’s the wrong way to look at it. As Psychology Today highlights:

“paper producers have increased recycling from 5 percent of all fiber in 2004 to 24 percent in 2010, reduced carbon emissions by 25 percent between 2006 and 2010, and are saving 5 million trees annually. They stand by the plantation program because youthful trees absorb carbon more readily than elderly ones.”

That is, ironically, those producing paper from trees are saving them – when you stop and think about it, it makes sense. After all, they need more trees to produce more paper, so the best way to do that is to ensure trees continue. Further, electronic devices themselves cost a great from the environment to create – and, unlike books, can’t be simply passed on. Gadgets become obsolete.

Similarly, cars are also in a tricky position. For example, instead of getting a new car, it might be best to treat your current vehicle well: regularly cleaning it, taking it to the panel beaters, ensuring stains are removed, taking it for regular checks.

In this way, instead of aiding the process of creating an entirely new vehicle, you keep the current one and help the environment. You also prevent another car from going to the scrapyard where it will do nothing but simply pollute the planet.

As Scientific American pointed out:

“A 2004 analysis by Toyota found that as much as 28 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions generated during the lifecycle of a typical gasoline-powered car can occur during its manufacture and its transportation to the dealer; the remaining emissions occur during driving once its new owner takes possession. An earlier study by Seikei University in Japan put the pre-purchase number at 12 percent.”

Since your car is already made it this far, it’s simply about keeping that level down which can do by being a better driver and looking after the current vehicle.

These are just two ways you can be better in your treatment of the planet.