Many people these days are looking for ways to live a more sustainable and Eco-friendly lifestyle. Some are just starting out their journey while others are more advanced and have different goals they would like to achieve. Either way, no matter what stage you’re at in your sustainability journey, we are here to offer some tips, advice, and suggestions on making the next step.
An easy way to start sustainable living without having to make a huge lifestyle change or commitment is to reduce single use or non-recyclable products. A simple way to do it is to start by going through your house and find where you can eliminate these items. Some items can include grocery bags, paper towels, toothbrushes, cotton buds, food wraps, straws, plastic utensils and water bottles, and many more. You can also bring a tumbler with you if you’re someone who needs to have a beverage from your local coffee shop every morning and cut down on single use cups. Also use it to fill with water throughout the day rather than purchasing plastic bottles. Having compact reusable bags with you are handy if you need to make an unexpected trip to the grocery store or shopping
Another easy way for a greener lifestyle is to put the popular phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle” into action. By reducing, we can all minimise single use products such as plastic straws, cutlery, and cups by bringing our own handy and convenient items. This will greatly reduce waste and plastic that ends up in or upper landfills and into our environment. Reusing is simply using items you have more than once or extending the life of items. Instead of throwing away items, maybe try and think of ways to find a new use for them. Sometimes materials or parts of working objects can be reused by other people. Some things you have may be able to be donated to charity’s or community centres. Often clothing can be donated or given a second life. Recycling is something that is getting easier to do as most major cities have or are at least starting to implement a recycling collection program. It’s best to do some research and find the closest recycling centres or a schedule when items can be collected. You should familiarise what can and can’t be recycled and where the nearest bins are located near you for easy drop off. Recycling gives items new life and keeps waste out of our landfills.
Household and personal items create a lot more waste than people think. Everything from spray bottles, household cleaners, body wash, shampoo and conditioners bottles can’t be recycled. It’s getting more and more common now to find products that are packed in more Eco friendly materials that can recycled or even composted. Glass is becoming more popular as well with packaging and many brands also offer refillable options.
Going to the supermarket can even be a routine that becomes quite wasteful if it’s not planned out a bit in advance. Always be sure to bring along enough reusable grocery bags as well as reusable produce bags that will greatly reduce plastic bag consumption. When selecting products, try spending a few more minutes looking at how and what they are packaged with. Always try to avoid plastics in favour of items packaged with paper, glass, or cardboard. When possible, try buying products in bulk to cut down on packaging and even bring your own containers to
If you are doing most of the above mentioned routines already, here are a few more things that will involve a little more time and effort. We previously wrote about composting here Composting 101 where it can be done in a variety of ways depending on where you live and how much space is available to you. Another big factor in creating greenhouse gas emissions is food waste that sits in our landfills. Reducing food waste might need some creative thinking, but it is achievable and will benefit our environment in the long run. Try using plastic free food storage options that will extend the life of your leftovers, produce etc. Use our guide in our composting blog to find out what food items can or can’t be composted. Look for ways to make the most out of food scraps, such as making a soup or broth. Even meal prepping and eating leftovers area sure way to reduce food waste.
Living a sustainable lifestyle will be different for everyone, as long as you put in a bit of effort and consciously try and make a difference is what matters. Making goals and taking small steps everyday to be more mindful on what your purchasing and consuming will make a big difference. We hope some of these tips and ideas will inspire some of our readers and hopefully help you in living a more greener lifestyle.