Sustainable living describes a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual's or society's use of the Earth's natural resources and one’s personal resources as well. Practitioners of sustainable living often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption, and diet.
Issues circling around global warming, resource depletion, and climate change are all too real and are becoming serious with every passing day which makes it more important now than ever for us to do our part in reducing their impact.
Simply being aware of the issue does not ensure its reversal; it’s essential to adopt practices that aid in reducing their carbon footprint. One way to do that is by changing our lifestyle. Small efforts like switching off the light when not needed, using public transportation or even switching to plastic alternatives can make a big difference to the environment and guarantee that future generations don’t suffer in our wake.
Do you want to start living a sustainable lifestyle? You may feel that a lifestyle change is going to be difficult but rest assured, it is much easier than you think.
Here’s our list of 6 simple lifestyle changes that you can implement with immediate effect.
1. Unplug Electronic Devices
Switching off electronic devices has little to no impact as they still keep on drawing electricity from the source. What you can do instead is unplug your devices when they are not being used. Open the windows and let in some fresh air once in a while instead of turning on the air conditioning and hang up your clothes instead of using the dryer all the time. Not only it will help you save energy, but it will also bring down your monthly spends on electricity. Sounds great, right?
2. Opt For Products With Less Packaging
Always opt for products with less packaging when you are out shopping. All that excess packaging finally ends up in landfills and takes years to decompose thus adding to the pollution.
3. Get Rid of Single-Use Plastics
Plastic never really goes away. It is estimated that 40 percent of the world’s ocean surface causing the death of thousands of marine life year after year. Start cutting down on the plastic waste you generate.
Switch to reusable bags while shopping, avoid single-use plastic products like straws, glasses, etc and go with plastic alternatives - namely, bamboo, metal or glass instead.
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4. Stop Wasting Water
Reducing our water your usage of water is key to attaining sustainable living. Research has discovered that our need to be clean or rather, extra clean at times, has reduced our natural immunity to diseases (which needs at least some exposure to bacteria to develop well).
We are a generation that ends up wasting tons of water while washing dishes, bathing or doing laundry.
Here are some ways to considerably reduce household water use and waste. Try taking shorter, timed showers and cut down on the water you use while washing dishes. Shift to water-saving showerheads, add aerators to your faucets, assemble the sprinkler systems in such a way that they don’t sprinkle water on the sidewalk, or the driveway.
5. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Avoid buying new products unless you absolutely cannot do without them. Look for options to recycle or reuse. Start by learning how to reuse products, be creative when it comes to using them in different ways. Add a recycling bin in your space and recycle old glass bottles. i.e. you could paint and reuse them as showpieces.
6. Start Using Public Transportation
Avoid taking your private vehicles out especially for short distances and ride your bike to work or walk it up - this not only reduces pollution but it also improves your health. Explore mass transit options such as bus or train systems or opt for car-pooling which also promotes sustainability as it reduces the number of vehicles on the road and can improve the quality of your social life.
Living sustainably does not mean living without any luxuries but instead, being conscious about the resources you consume and cutting down on pointless waste.
The choices we make daily - how we discard our waste, what we shop for have a tremendous impact on our environment and the planet. So, let’s start to choose wisely in order to reduce our environmental footprints. In the words of Christopher Dodd
“We owe it to each other - and to our children and grandchildren - to leave our planet in a better state than when we found it”.
So, it’s time to start living sustainably, folks.