Global climate change is such a huge and all-encompassing problem that it can feel hopeless, but the biggest and most lasting changes come not from the top-down, but from the bottom up. A shift of your own thinking can create ripples. Move one inch, and another, and another. Enough inches and you get a mile. Here are a few small steps that you can take to help save the planet.

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Changing to energy-efficient, longer-lasting lightbulbs, for example, can save the planet and your electricity bill at the same time. Always keep a lookout for more efficient products; technology is getting better all the time. When it’s time to replace an appliance, check its efficiency ratings and remember that local or federal government’s standards might not be the best available. Get used to asking for more, and you’ll find that it pays off in your home’s value.

Recycle Everything

Question everything you’re about to put in the trash. Can you recycle it instead? Where? For example, before you take that old TV or computer to the dump, look for e-waste recycling Toronto or your city. You’d be surprised what’s recyclable these days, and remember that thrift shops are almost always open for donations.

Buy Used

Speaking of thrift shops, remember that there is value in buying used rather than new. Buying used clothes and furniture means one less item that has to be newly manufactured and shipped to you. On top of that, it’s frequently cheaper than buying new, and thrift stores often support a good cause in your area. There are countless small ways that you can do your part to save the planet, and while each individual step might seem insignificant, they represent a larger movement forward, a movement towards saving the planet. One inch at a time.

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