It is a pleasant thing that more and more people are ascribing to the idea of sustainable living to protect the Earth for future generations. After all, we only have one planet, and we better do whatever it takes to make it livable. Our day-to-day activities impact the environment, as menial as the food we eat to the means of transportation we utilize. Generally, these small practices define the amount of carbon footprint and waste we produce that significantly affect nature and its resources. Do not fret! These are not life-altering decisions but more on minor changes we can apply for the better. Here are twelve ways to transition to a sustainable lifestyle.
Use renewable energy
Install solar panels. Although it is capital intensive, it is proven to be a worthwhile investment. Renewable energy eliminates significant carbon emissions. Shifting to an electric-powered car from a diesel-fueled one supports this movement too.
Recycle, upcycle, and reuse
Encourage reusing in the household by setting up a waste bin dedicated to recycling – reuse products as many times as possible. Support local recycling centers like materials processing plants or copper recycling facilities. They take in metals, wiring, piping, and radiators that are deemed unusable for cash. Thus, they monetize recycling which is a good incentive for the cause.
Cultivate your garden
Grow fruits, vegetables, and spices. Make use of organic pesticides so as not to contribute to pollution. Divert food waste in the compost pit of your garden.
Go green on transportation.
As much as possible, lessen the use of motorized vehicles. Instead, walk, ride your bike or a battery-operated scooter. Take advantage of public transportation or carpooling to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Never waste food
Do not throw away leftovers. Instead, save them for the next day or freeze them for the days to come.
Eat less meat
Meat consumption contributes to climate change and pollution due to manufacturing and ecological imbalance. Therefore, consume less to avoid the adverse effects the meat industry brings to the environment.
The use of lesser energy guarantees the reduction of carbon emissions. Transition to energy star appliance options and set your thermostat settings at bay.
Use reusable alternatives
Patronize reusable and eco-friendly products instead of single-use alternatives that lead to pollution. For example, use water bottles, reusable cutlery, and containers.
Avoid wasting paper and receive a letter through email. Advocate for soft copy documents and receipts.
Donate unused items like clothing to charity to reduce waste.
Support fair trade products
Be wary of the Fairtrade logo on products and services. The Fairtrade certification implies that the company is committed to sustainable means of operations and production.
Wear sustainable clothing
Purchase clothing and accessories from sustainable clothing outlets. Minimize your wardrobe by selecting classic and timeless pieces that you can mix and match and wear often.
In a nutshell, sustainable living focuses on reducing the number of the Earth’s resources you utilize. The little the impact of your existence, the better. It is also best to replace the little resources that you use. Unfortunately, at the rate that we are going, we are building resources, utilizing energy, and producing waste at a pace that is not sustainable. This condition leads to adverse effects like climate change and pollution that can destroy nature, wildlife, and humans. Applying these lifestyle changes now can significantly make a huge difference.
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