As humans, we have the power to make changes to our lifestyle that can help ensure a sustainable future for the generations after us. And here’s the thing—it doesn’t have to be an exhaustive transformation; it just requires some minor changes. We’ve put together a list of seven easy changes that you can make to live more sustainably, every day.
1. Electricity and appliances
One of the easiest ways to be more sustainable in your daily routine is to reduce your consumption of household energy. Turn off the lights and air conditioning when you leave the room, add in dimmer switches so you can control how bright the light is, and turn off power strips—which account for a significant portion of your bill.
2. Food & Beverages
Have you ever thought about how many plastic water bottles you drink from in a year? Let’s just say a lot! Small changes in your drinking habits can have a substantial effect. By adding a filter to your kitchen sink or getting a separate water filter, you can have a continuous supply of drinking water at home without having to stock up on plastic bottles. When it comes to food, nixing wasteful plastic bags and finding alternative storage methods is an easy way to reduce waste, too. Start off by purchasing reusable containers (aluminum is best) to pack your food in.
A huge way to reduce carbon emissions is to avoid vehicles entirely, but we understand that sometimes you just need a car to get from Point A to Point B. That doesn’t have to mean you always need to own a car, though. You can also bike, run, take public transit or carpool.
Switching over from plastic bags to reusable totes. Plastic bags are often thrown out after one use, which can take up to 1,000 years to break down. One tote, however, can last you years. Using reusable shopping bags also have some added perks, like preventing your groceries from falling out when there’s a tear, as well as often being easier to carry and quicker to bag!
5. Reducing Waste
How we dispose of goods is ultimately the root cause of our environmental problems. When we throw out paper, plastics, and other waste instead of recycling, this wrongful disposal of our trash pollutes our soil, oceans, water sources, and more. Take a close look at your waste routine and research recycling alternatives for items commonly disposed at home.
When it comes to being more sustainable, every little action counts. What do you do to be more sustainable every day in your life? Let us know your tips in the comments below.