Our Earth is so beautiful, yet human activities have been destroying the environment for decades, for centuries. It is crucial for our future to take action today, and start implementing some sustainable practices early to help the environment.
Here are 10 easy ways to live more sustainably so that we can save the planet and develop more conscious consumption habits.
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1 – Think twice before shopping
If you think you need to buy something, first check if you already own something that has the same purpose. Use what you have.
Use things up before buying the same item. Instead of buying new glass jars, repurpose old jars from the food you eat.
Don’t buy this new hand cream when you already have three in your bathroom. Do you need to purchase the newest phone when the one you have is perfectly fine?
2 – Buy things second-hand
When you need to buy something, check if you can get it second-hand first. This way, you are not creating a demand for new things to be produced and natural resources are saved.
Buying preloved items will also reduce the number of things going to landfills which is great!
There are numerous options for shopping second-hand. You can check buy-and-sell websites that are available in your country: Craigslist in the US, Kijiji in Canada, Gumtree in the UK…
Search for Facebook groups that gather people selling stuff in your area. Visit your local second-hand shop as well as yard sales that can be organized in your community.
3 – Drive less
Leave your car at home when you need to go somewhere nearby. Prefer walking or riding your bike. It will be better for the environment, and you’ll save a lot of money on gas.
Driving less is also an excellent opportunity for you to do some exercise while walking or biking.
If it is not possible, hop on a train or a bus to take you where you need to go. Carsharing may be an option as well.
For many people, it is impossible not to use cars when living in the countryside or far from the city. Some places have bad transportation systems, so it is not realistic for everyone to do it.
Just try and drive less if you can. This will save a lot of CO2 emissions from polluting our atmosphere.
4 – Reduce your plastic consumption
Plastic pollution has been a huge problem for years.
Everyone has seen pictures of birds trapped in plastic bags or sea turtles having a straw stuck in their nose. This is heartbreaking.
Also, in another blog post, I among other things explained why we should stay away from products made from oil. We need to ditch disposable plastic products and avoid packaging at all costs!
My favorite swap is my stainless steel water bottle I’ve had for two years now, it is a game-changer!
We can all implement at least one habit that will help curb our plastic usage.
5 – Eat less meat
Animal agriculture has huge environmental impacts on the planet.
Raising cattle implies deforesting significant portions of forests which destroys biodiversity and accelerates habitat loss.
I am not saying that everyone should go vegan or vegetarian.
Just do your best and try implementing one meatless day during the week, this will have a massive impact in the long run.
But if you’ve been considering going vegan or vegetarian, that is amazing. It is one of the best ways to help the environment!
6 – Eat organic, seasonal and locally grown food
This one is crucial if you want to reduce your carbon footprint.
Organic, seasonal, and local food is better for the environment, but also for your health. Local and seasonal produce will travel shorter distances before ending in your plate.
As a result, your food is fresher, tastes better, and has more nutrients when you eat it.
Also, thanks to organic farming, fewer pesticides, and harmful chemicals are spread out into the environment which results in healthier soil and less pollution.
7 – Sell and donate things you don’t use
If you have unused stuff lying around your house, consider finding a new home for these things.
You can sell things that are a bit more expensive. It is a great way to make some money back and make sure the item finds a good home.
Donating to friends and family members is also a good option. Just make sure they need the things you’re getting rid of.
Selling and donating will give a new life to the things that would have otherwise been useless. As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
8 – Conserve water
More and more cities around the world are suffering from water shortages. Water is a precious resource we all need to survive, so we need to take action to conserve it. It isn’t that hard.
Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth, don’t take long showers, fix leaks. If you have the chance to have a garden, you can reuse rainwater to water your plants.
9 – Reduce your household energy use
Just as with water, it is important to save energy in our homes.
Try switching off the lights when you leave a room. Unplug your electronics when not in use. Don’t overheat your home and if you are a bit cold, put a sweater on.
By implementing these simple habits into your daily life, you will save a lot of electricity and help the environment. But you will also save quite a bit of money on your energy bill!
10 – DIY is the way to go
With the Internet, it is really easy to find all kinds of DIY to make whatever product you need.
You will not only save money but by making your own products, you will also help the environment since you’re not buying new things.
You can create your own skincare or make-up products, there are so many how-to articles and videos on the web. This way, you will be putting cleaner and healthier products on your face and body.
I love my DIY laundry detergent! You can also sew reusable cotton bags, or even DIY your clothes when they don’t fit properly anymore.
There you go, those were 10 ways to help the environment in your day-to-day life. I feel that everyone can make a difference.
If you manage to implement one, two, or all of these habits, this will make a huge impact in the long run!
What are you doing to help the environment and be more eco-friendly?