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10 simple ways of living more sustainably

Living more sustainably isn’t some rocket science. Its on TV, magazines and even on the lips of our political leaders. With growing awareness, we are all looking for answers. While it may sound very daunting and confusing, there are many simple changes you can make that can have a substantial impact. In this blog, I will suggest 10 ways you can start living more sustainably right now.

Whether you’re new to sustainability or have been doing it for a while, these tips can help you reduce your carbon footprint, minimise waste, and live a healthy life. Let’s get started.

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Reduce your energy use

One of the easiest ways to reduce your environmental footprint is to reduce your energy consumption.

  • Turn off lights and electronics when they’re not in use
  • Use energy-efficient appliances
  • Consider switching to renewable energy sources such as solar or wind power or heat pumps

Conserve water

Water conservation is another important way to live more sustainably.

  • Fix leaks in your home – bathroom, kitchen and your garden pipes
  • Use drought-resistant plants in landscaping, especially if you get a lot of sun in your garden
  • Run the dishwasher and washing machine with full loads. Half loads increases your power and water consumption
  • Read this for a detailed blog on this topic – 7 amazing ways to conserve water

Reduce waste

Reducing waste is an essential part of sustainable living. Waste comes in many forms – from food waste to packaging waste.

  • Refuse packaging – If there is an option to refuse extra bags, boxes or combine orders into 1 , then utilise this. Packaging that hasn’t come into your home reduces your responsibility for it.
  • Repurpose tin cans, bottles and cardboard boxes however possible. There are many creative ways to use your packaging waste. Here are some interesting ways to recycle some of your packaging waste – How to Reuse These 9 Common Packaging Items
  • Recycle your packaging and your old clothes. Check the labels on your plastic packaging to see if it can be recycled. If it can, then please put it in the appropriate recycling bin. Some items like plastic pens will need a specialist recycling point – find your local recycling points for these.
  • Compost your food waste. Putting food waste in your black bin generates greenhouse gases as it decomposes. So, its better off in your food waste bin or in your home compost bins.
    • Whether you have a large garden or a window sill, you can still compost food waste.
    • Join a neighbourhood composting community if there is one or donate your waste your neighbour, if they have a compost heap.
    • Here is a detailed article on reducing food waste – 4 Tips to reduce food waste at home
    • And if you have food that’s good enough to eat, then try OLIO, the food sharing app
  • Donate or sell items that you no longer need instead of throwing them away. Putting anything into your black bin (landfill waste bin) is always the last option.

Use sustainable transport

Using sustainable transportation is an excellent way to reduce your carbon footprint.

  • Consider using public transportation – bus, trains, trams etc
  • Carpool whenever or however possible. Single person in a car is a waste of resources and energy.
  • Walk or bike instead of driving alone. Using a car for your shorter journeys means more pollution. You have the additional health benefit if you walk or cycle

Organic foods

  • Supporting sustainable agriculture is important for reducing the environmental impact of the food we eat.
  • Buy locally-grown and organic foods
  • If you have a garden or even indoor space – grow your own food. Home grown food not only tastes nice, but you also benefit from appreciating the process involved in putting food on our table.
tips to reduce food waste at home- fresh food at a market

Reduce your meat consumption

  • Meat production is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, and water pollution. You don’t have to become a vegetarian or vegan, but reducing your meat consumption can have a positive impact on the environment.
  • Consider incorporating more plant-based meals into your diet, or try a meatless day once a week.

Use sustainable products

Choosing sustainable products is another way to reduce your environmental impact. Look for products made from recycled materials, and choose products that can be reused or recycled.

Use eco-friendly cleaning products

  • Many conventional cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that are harmful to the environment and your health. Consider switching to eco-friendly cleaning products that are biodegradable, non-toxic, and made from natural ingredients.
  • You can also make your own cleaning products using simple ingredients like vinegar and baking soda.
  • And if you want ways to be more sustainable while doing your laundry, read this article – 5 Reasons for an Eco Friendly Laundry

Practice mindful consumption

Mindful consumption means being intentional about what you buy and how you use it. Before making a purchase, ask yourself if you really need the item and if it’s a sustainable choice. Consider buying used items or borrowing from friends instead of buying new. When you do buy something new, choose high-quality, long-lasting items that can be repaired or recycled.

Support sustainable practices

Supporting sustainable practices in your community can make a significant impact. Work with your local government or organizations to promote sustainable practices and policies.

Living more sustainably is essential not only for the health of our planet, but also for future generations. You can reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable world by incorporating these ten simple and practical steps into your daily routine. Remember that even minor changes can have a significant impact, and that every effort counts. So let us make the commitment to living more sustainably, and together we can create a brighter, healthier future for ourselves and the planet we call home.

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