Chronically Injured or Disabled? Go Green Today!
It’s not easy being green when you are disabled or chronically injured. Not surprisingly, it is difficult to focus on developing environmentally-sustainable habits when you’re faced with difficult medical decisions, painful treatments, the side effects of medication, and the complexities of battling against disability denial when your benefits are withheld.
Of course disabled and injured individuals want to be able to do their part for the planet and build a sustainable lifestyle despite the restrictions imposed by decreased mobility or other challenges—and they can! Today, we take a look at several ways to go green, no matter where you’re at in life or personal health.
Disabled and Environmentally Conscious? Here’s What to Do
For individuals who suffer from chronic autoimmune disorders such as MS or lupus, energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs can cause discomfort and in extreme causes fluorescent flight can even spur a disease flare. Additionally, CFL bulbs (here’s how to recycle CFLs for when they run out) offer less substantial light for those with vision problems.
But just because you cannot change every single bulb in your house does not mean you should not change any of them. Every individual needs to take their own health and wellness needs into account, but if you have areas of your house that you don’t use frequently, such as guest rooms, hallways, or a foyer, you can switch to energy-efficient bulbs without much effect.
Lack of mobility is major issue for many disabled people. Diminished energy and lack of mobility can make any task a burden, but if you are committed to developing green habits then relatively simple actions such as curbside recycling are wholly within your reach. If you need assistance gathering your recyclables or bringing them to the curb, contact a local high school or your neighborhood association to see if they have a “green club” dedicated to promoting issues and actions related to environmental sustainability.
If you have expired medications or other sensitive materials, then you should take them to a pharmacy for proper disposal. Take the time to collect medicine bottles in order to recycle them. Never flush medicines down the toilet. Never pour them down the drain. Roughly 100 different medical-grade pharmaceuticals regularly appear in fresh-water in the united states, largely due to ground-water contamination from improper disposal.
It takes effort to live with and fight a chronic disease or disability, but with a little planning, and possibly some assistance, anyone can find a way to have a positive impact on the environment.
First and foremost, anyone looking to reduce their environmental footprint should focus on the 3Rs: Reduce, re-use, and recycle. In a nutshell, this means reduce waste as much as possible by consuming only what you need and purchasing items with as little extraneous packaging as possible. Additionally, re-use common items such as plastic bags, and recycle whenever you are able.
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