Protecting the environment is more than necessary and each of our daily ecological actions have a more or less negative impact on it. However, it is easy to preserve the planet by changing certain small habits in our daily lives! MyZen TV presents you with 10 easy ecological gestures to apply in your daily life. A small step for you, and a big step for the environment if we all do them.

Sort your waste

The first simple gesture that has a huge impact on the environment is to sort your waste. In fact, all you have to do is look at the labels on the packaging and put what can be recycled in the recyclable bin, glass in the glass bin and non-recyclable waste in the bin provided for that purpose. However, the rules of selective sorting may vary from one country to another, or even be specific to each region or city. Do not hesitate to ask your local council or visit their website for more information.

2. Walk, cycle or use public transport instead of cars

Polluting emissions from road traffic are disastrous for the planet. Try to walk, cycle or public transport as often as possible. You can also carpool if the car is the only way to get around. In addition to saving fuel and pollution, it is also an opportunity to practise a regular sporting activity, especially for cycling. Finally, it is useful to know that the costs of cycling to work are partly reimbursed by some companies.

3. Unplug electrical appliances

Putting appliances on standby and leaving them plugged in does not prevent them from consuming electricity. In fact, they continue to consume 10% of electricity! It is therefore essential to unplug them when you don't need them. The same applies to telephone chargers, which are too often left on the sockets.

4. Make your own compost

An easy ecological gesture that requires a little more vigour but is still very simple to carry out is to make your own compost. Your plants will thank you! This will reduce your organic waste and save you money. In addition, you will considerably reduce the use of chemicals in your garden.

5. Collect rainwater to water your plants

The 5th simple and ecological gesture that we recommend is to collect rainwater. This will allow you to water your indoor and outdoor plants. All you need to do is install a water collection system in your garden or on your balcony.

6. Wash your clothes at low temperature

Washing your clothes at a low temperature will save you money but also limit your impact on the environment. In fact, 80% of the electricity used to wash your clothes in the washing machine is used to heat them up!

7. Stop using plastic bottles

Plastic bottled water is a disaster for the planet. They pollute our oceans and yet are of little use these days! You can easily drink the water from your tap in France, as it is very controlled. If it is not drinkable, this is indicated. You can further purify your tap water with bamboo charcoal sticks to be placed in a water carafe. They are easily found in eco-responsible shops and can be reused many times. You can also swap plastic bottles for stainless steel or glass bottles when you travel.

8. Take a shower instead of a bath

To reduce water wastage, you should prefer showers to baths. In addition, you will greatly reduce your water bill. In fact, a bath requires about 150 to 200 litres of water, as opposed to a 5-minute shower which uses 30 to 80 litres of water.

9. Put a "STOP PUB" label on your mailbox

Stick on a "STOP PUB" label so that you no longer receive leaflets and other advertising brochures, which usually end up in the bin without having been leafed through. In this way, you will be helping to reduce the waste caused by this advertising.

10. Regularly delete your e-mail

To finish this list, we often ignore the impact of digital waste on the planet. And this is the case with e-mails. Indeed, the servers that store e-mails consume a huge amount of energy. It is therefore important to sort and delete your e-mails regularly. And then empty the recycle bin, because otherwise they continue to be stored on the servers.

In addition to those easy ecological gestures, you can check out our dedicated programmes on ecotourism!