Choosing to live a more sustainable lifestyle can improve your quality of life and is ultimately good for the environment. Here are some actions you can start taking today to reduce your carbon footprint.
Use Less Paper
There are a dozen ways to reduce your paper consumption.
Start with cutting back on unnecessary printing and instead take advantage of technology such as your smartphone or computer to store soft copies of documents.
Use old clothes instead of rolls of paper towels to clean around the house—the small things make all the difference.
Cut Back on Water Wastage
Did you know that the average family in western countries wastes an average of 180 gallons per week? Water is a scarce commodity and we are fast depleting the world’s reservoirs. Adopt a sustainable lifestyle by:
Minimizing the frequency and duration of showers.
Reducing bottled water consumption for example by installing water filters in your home taps.
Recycling and reusing water.
Leave the Car At Home
Whenever possible, opt to walk or bike instead of taking the car with you. Not only is this good for your physical health; fewer cars on the road also mean less air pollution and more gas savings for you. If you can afford it, why not go the extra mile and invest in an electric vehicle.
Make Conscious Fashion Choices
Fashion is often the last thing we think about when it comes to living a more eco lifestyle yet the fashion industry is one of the biggest pollutants today. Here are some fashion choices that can make an impactful difference:
Avoid unnecessary purchases from fast-fashion brands
Adopt a slow fashion closet that allows you to consume less
Sell or donate any clothing you no longer need as opposed to throwing in the trash bin; these thrown clothes end up in landfills mostly in developing countries where they have adverse environmental effects.
Minimize Food Waste
Mass consumption and food wastage place a heavy burden on the world’s global food supply and on the environment too. If you want to get into the habit of recycling and re-using, your kitchen is a good place to start.
Reduce the use of disposable plastics and paper
Set up a separate compost and recycle bin
Eat locally produced foods and minimize your meat consumption
Make Your Home a Minimalist Haven
Just like fashion, we barely consider the environmental effects of the items we buy for our homes whether that is furniture, upholstery or electronics. Mass consumption has resulted in the normalization of cluttered households but do you really need all those gadgets, equipment and furniture? Adopting a minimalist lifestyle is not only good for the environment at large but it will give you peace of mind so you can enjoy a healthier lifestyle too. Some things you can do:
Before buying anything, consider how long you will use it
Opt for ethically made furniture
Choose eco-friendly décor
Use green power sources in your home
Both the small and big action steps you take to adopt a sustainable lifestyle and make a great difference in slowing down the effects of human consumption on the planet.