Sustainability is the hottest trend of this year, largely because people are finally opening their eyes to the reality of global warming. You may be sat thinking that you adopting a few sustainable practices may not make a difference, but trust us, it really will; especially if you tell a friend, who tells a friend, who tells a friend and so on and so forth! There are a few changes that you can make to your day-to-day life that can lead you to a better, more conscious way of living. So today, we’re sharing just nine simple ways that you can jump on the sustainability train:
1. Live Local
People have been preaching about how you should buy locally grown for decades, but that by no means makes it an out-dated act! Buying local fruit, vegetables, milk, bread and eating locally are a win-win all around. You’re supporting your community and reaping the benefits of fresh produce that aren’t lined with chemicals; not to mention the reduction of a carbon footprint as the food has only had to travel a short distance!
2. Get Growing
Growing your own fruits, vegetables and herbs is far easier than you might think, and can cut down your living costs too! If you have plenty of garden space or a greenhouse, then ensure to make the most of it by planting seasonally. If not, there are plenty of DIY space-saving structure tutorials available online, many of these can simply be placed on your windowsill – even if you only begin with growing your own herbs. Another alternative is to inquire to see if there are any spaces in your local allotment.
3. Pass on Plastic
You must have heard about the war on plastic that’s been a hot news topic for the past few months, and it’s time to take a stand! Ensure that you carry a reusable bag with you at all times, (some of these are small enough to fit in your back pocket) and remember to say no to plastic straws. These are such small, simple changes, but are the beginning of something big!
4. Invest in Quality over Quantity
When buying anything from clothing to furniture, it’s best to consider the longevity of your products. For example, if you’re on the hunt for a new canvas cartridge bag, find one that is made from high-quality materials that is going to stand the test of time, (like ours will!) As the saying goes ‘buy cheap, buy twice’ and can often mean you spend more in the long run as you keep having to replace a poorly crafted item!
5. Go Paperless
With the advancements in technology, paperless billing is certainly the way forward to cut down on paper waste. If you’re simply storing all of your paper bills in a box, never to see the light of day again, then you might find it simpler and more convenient to change them all to be sent to your email. This is space and time saving, so why not make the switch today?
6. Remember to Recycle
Being conscious to recycle everything that you can instead of throwing it in the waste bin is an important step to take. Food waste is the biggest culprit here, but things such as clothing can make a big difference too. If you can’t find a use for something that’s still in a good condition, donate it to a charity shop, repurpose it or seek out your nearest clothes recycling point. If you find that you have a lot of items that can’t be recycled, it might be worth considering alternative products where all elements can be!
7. Go Outdoors
One of the simplest changes you can make is to spend more time outdoors. Opt for green methods of transport such as by bike and by foot and get out exploring! You can forage for fruits and berries, take part in a beach clean or head out on a treasure hunt; the possibilities are endless.
8. Watch your Water
We need water to live, especially as it makes up around 70% of our bodies, but it’s important to watch your consumption levels, particularly at home. What’s even more important, however, is to stop purchasing throwaway plastic water bottles! Invest in a bottle of higher quality that is reusable and make the most of the tap water. If your tap water is not drinkable, then it might be worth purchasing a water filter for a long-term solution.
9. Switch to a Green Energy Supplier
There are plenty of green energy suppliers available today that generate energy in a far more sustainable manner, where the majority are 100% renewable energy! It’s a common misconception that this means that you’ll be paying more for what you use, however, as long as you’re careful to shop around, you may even end up saving a penny or two.
Do you have any tips on becoming more sustainable? We’ve only covered the basic today but would love to hear from you!