Saudi Arabia takes steps towards a greener, more wholesome lifestyle.
Our biggest challenge in the Kingdom has been the lack of awareness surrounding global warming. The changes in our climate, such as melting glaciers, forest fires, and accelerated rise in sea levels have been the result of ongoing poor habits that we have accumulated over the years. These habits include clearing land for agriculture, industrialization, and improper waste management. Over time, this has led to the production of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, which lead to rising temperatures.
This all may sound a little scary, but to every problem, there is a solution. When tackling this new lifestyle, take things step by step – don’t try to make sudden changes all at once. Ask for help, do your research and start living green. Here are some ways to make this possible.
Lower greenhouse gas emissions.
A few ways you can reduce this is by simply turning off your lights, carpooling, and planting trees in order to increase oxygen levels.
Stop using plastic.
Minor lifestyle changes, such as taking your own bags to the supermarket rather than using plastic bags. This way, we reduce the decomposition of waste, which in turn reduces the emission of methane into our atmosphere.
iHerb is an online store that sells plastic alternatives such as bamboo toothbrushes, reusable straws, and other great environmentally friendly products.
Recycle, reuse and reduce.
Mawakeb Alajer in Jeddah takes in recyclable plastic items. They have a proper waste management system in which they sort through the plastics and take the recyclable items to factories.
Get in touch with the community.
Naqaa Sustainability Solutions is a social business in Jeddah that pioneered environmentally sustainable practices by providing waste management consultations and solutions in workplaces and communities across the Kingdom. Since 2012, they have assisted over 200 businesses to start recycling solutions.