As we are getting more technologically sound, we are also becoming more aware of a healthy environment. That is why more sustainable alternatives are being introduced into the market.
Besides sustainable products, another thing that has become popular lately is sustainable living. For those who don’t know, sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to decrease the use of Earth’s natural resources. Not only does it help to reduce carbon footprint, but it also reduces pollution significantly. All in all, it’s a key to a healthy community.
If you are wondering how to start sustainable living, here are small changes you can try:
Sustainable living is all about saving resources and reusing them as much as you can. Why waste paper towels when you can get cloth towels? They could be washed and reused whenever you want. You will also be cutting unnecessary costs with such an approach.
LED lights use 90% less energy than the bulbs you use in general. They also last about 25 times longer, which means you wouldn’t need a replacement that often. You also wouldn’t be spending a fortune on electricity bills unnecessarily.
Donation isn’t just a good thing socially, but it’s also a way to live a sustainable life. So whether it’s the toys, clothes, or furniture, if you aren’t using these things, someone might need them. Make sure to donate them to the needy and prevent any unwanted clutter. You can make donations to campaigns that focus on empowering unprivileged women and children.
Reuse Takeaway Containers
On busy days, you may order food from restaurants that are served in containers. Instead of throwing them away, you can reuse them to store leftovers. That will save resources and prevent you from piling up waste.
If you can, try to adopt a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. Of course, it wouldn’t be easy to switch from non-vegetarian to vegetarian food that easily, but you can try meatless Mondays once a week. If not that, even one complete veg meal a month would go a long way! You can also make note of sustainable gardening and see how it makes a difference to you.
Refuse Junk Mail
Junk mails are unnecessary, and you can ask your postman to stop them. If you can’t do so, put a sign on your door. Regardless of what, refuse the junk mail and telephone bills (if not required).
It is always recommended to carry a reusable bag with you, no matter where you go. This is applicable even if you go to a local store or a loved one’s place. You never know when you might require a bag. In that case, if you don’t have a reusable bag, you might have to get plastic bags. If by any chance, you forget to carry reusable bags to the store, ask the shopkeeper to give you an eco-friendly bag.
Bicycles Instead of Cars
It’s best not to use cars if you are going somewhere nearby. For a sustainable life, you should always prioritize walking or cycling over cars. That’s an eco-friendly and environmentally sound alternative. Also, walking is good for health which is a bonus point.
Secondhand products are not just a good deal but are also a sustainable way of living. Whether it’s for antique jewelry or modern clothes, you can buy a vast stock of items through thrift stores or charity shops. If you have the right eye, these items can make a great pick for regular use.
Shampoo Bars instead of Bottles
Shampoo bottles are another contributor to plastic waste. So instead, you can buy shampoo bars that are easy to use and readily available. They are also convenient to carry, so you can take them with you during vacations.
These are some of the small changes that you can make to start with sustainable living.