There are a lot of benefits to living a sustainable life - you get to better yourself, save money, and know that you’re helping the environment. While it can be daunting at first, you don’t have to jump right in. In fact, here are four simple ways to start living a more sustainable life.
Be Energy Savvy
One of the best ways to live a more sustainable life is to pay attention to how you use energy. Conserving energy when possible won’t just lower your power bill, but it will also have a big impact on the environment. And the best part? It’s easy to ease into slowly reducing the amount of energy you use each day. You can start small, such as turning off lights and appliances that you aren’t using or unplugging chargers when they’re not in use and work your way up to other things, such as installing energy-efficient appliances. Here are some other great ways to be energy savvy:
- Use an electric kettle to boil water
- Hang clothes to dry when possible
- Set your thermostat lower in the winter or higher in the summer
- Open a window instead of using a fan
Instead of relying on plastic products or products that can’t be recycled, use reusable. Things like reusable water bottles or silverware can make a big difference, especially when you think about how many plastic water bottles you would keep out of the landfills and oceans each year without sacrificing your hydration. You can also invest in reusable shopping bags too, but, if you happen to forget one, you can also reuse plastic grocery bags around your house, either as trash bags or even using them to make ‘plarn’ (plastic yarn) for crocheting and knitting!
Do It Yourself
When you do it yourself, not only do you get the bragging rights, but you get to save a lot of transportation and packaging. You can also use more sustainable resources or upcycle. Take furniture for example. Rather than buying a new piece, you can go to a thrift shop and buy a used piece. You’ll save money and also have a fun project to work on. You can also try long term projects, such as growing your own food. There are many plants that can be grown right on your kitchen counter, so no matter where you live, sustainable food is an option.
Be Trash Smart
Know what you can throw away, what you can reuse, and what you can recycle. Certain things can’t be recycled, even if it is made of recycled materials. Things like plastic clothing hangers, Styrofoam, bubble wrap, and the cords to electronics can’t be recycled, so it’s best if you try to find a way to reuse them. If that’s not an option either, then you can throw them away. The goal, though, is to produce as little trash as possible. Even if you’re not aiming to live 100% trash free, it’s always a good idea to be careful about how you dispose of certain things.
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