The environmental challenges that our planet is facing right now are just too many. We are at that point where we need to take urgent action, not only on a local level, but on a personal level as well. This is why it’s crucial that each of us makes our own individual contributions to a greener and healthier Earth.
Are you ready to firm up your commitment to saving and protecting our planet? Here are some ways that you can help.
This actually means reducing the amount of waste before it’s even generated. And you can do this every day at home and at work.
For example, reduce your food waste by shopping smart. Buy only what you need and cook only what you can consume. And instead of throwing away leftovers, use them for your next dishes or donate them. Compost the food scraps to further reduce your impact on the environment.
Also, use electronic files instead of printing out hard copies. Should you really need to print it, print them front-to-back to reduce the amount of paper you’ll use. Make sure to adjust the page margins as well to print as much information as possible in one page.
Love eating out? Instead of single-use plastic, bring your non-disposable mugs, water bottles, straws, and cutlery. When ordering on food delivery apps, skip the plastic straws and cutlery as well.
When it’s summer in the Philippines, it’s normal to put the air conditioner on the highest setting. But did you know that we can save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year just by pushing it up to two degrees?
While you’re at it, make it a habit to turn off the lights in any room, even if you’re stepping out for just 15 minutes. Moreover, unplug electrical devices when not in use. You can also consider installing solar panels to reduce your electric bill and your carbon footprint. There are affordable options already and the initial investment may be offset later by savings on your electric bill.
When you reuse, you’re using a product more than once, and you’re saving a tremendous amount of energy to make a brand new product or material.
There are many ways you can reuse, including purchasing second hand home furniture and supplies. You can also repair damaged items or sell them off or donate them so that other people will still be able to use them.
If something can’t be reduced or reused, then it can be made into something useful again. Materials like glass, metal, and paper, can be turned into new and profitable products.
So before chucking your waste in the trash bin, consider if it’s something that can be recycled. You can do a lot of recycled things from materials like paper, boxes, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, paper bags, glass containers, clothes, electronics, and even wood. You just need to have a little bit of creativity to breathe new life into them.
Support Green Investments
Now is also the perfect time to put your money to work through encouraging investments in green and sustainable projects. Take your first steps with the RCBC Green Time Deposit.
The RCBC Green Time Deposit supports RCBC’s green asset portfolio and is the first time deposit of its kind in the Philippines. By investing here, you not only get a secure way to grow your investments, you also help green businesses get the necessary funding.
The Green Assets of RCBC include funding support for projects on renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean transportation, pollution prevention and control, and sustainable water management.
In case you didn’t know, RCBC is the first local bank to end the financing of new coal-fired power projects. It is also the first bank to join the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF) as part of its commitment for sustainable growth and environmental protection.
The RCBC Peso Green Time Deposit is available for individual, and corporate clients, with placement amounts starting from ?5,000up to?5 million. You can also choose placement terms from as short as 30 days to as long as one year.
Aside from its competitive yields, the RCBC Green Time Deposit is your opportunity to invest in improving life on our planet.
Given the scale of the climate challenge, your part in saving the planet, no matter how small, can truly make a difference.
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