What is the key to living more sustainably? By making small changes to your day to day lifestyle, you can make a massive difference to your environmental impact. We are all responsible for the environment, and living more sustainably is essential to our long term wellbeing.
Making changes to your lifestyle at home is a great place to start. It may feel like a tiny part of this huge issue, but it’s also the place you have the most control over—and therefore, the biggest opportunity to make a difference.
1. Recycling More
The first step towards living a more sustainable lifestyle is recycling more. Separate your plastic packaging, paper, empty glass bottles, and biodegradables into their own recycling bins. You’ll be stunned at how much can be recycled, and how little actually needs to go to the landfill.
2. Tweaking Your Diet
If the world’s population of cows were their own country, they would be the third-biggest greenhouse gas emitter in the world. Moo-ve towards living more sustainably by consuming fewer dairy products and eating less beef. Embrace more environmentally friendly alternatives, such as oat milk and meat substitutes.
3. Adding Layers
When it gets cold out, it’s tempting just to crank up the heating. Domestic heating is a major contributor to global warming. In future, put on extra layers and wear two pairs of socks to warm up your body instead of your house. Consider adding extra household insulation, such as thicker curtains, to further save on heating.
4. Using Less Plastic
Plastic is one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues, and its mass consumption poses a threat to humans, animals, and our soil. An important but easy step to living more sustainably is using less plastic. Save plastic by reusing bags when you visit the grocery store, and by reusing empty containers. Buy loose fruit and veg without packaging.
5. Growing From Home
A cool way to live more sustainably is to grow your own produce at home. From broccoli to red cabbage, try growing your very own microgreens, 365 days a year, using an energy-efficient smart garden. You won’t require any plastic packaging, and the only transportation involved is across your kitchen. See our range here.
6. Embracing Second Hand Items
Living more sustainably is also about making better use of what already exists. Producing new products is energy-intensive, so it’s better to embrace what’s already out there. Check out second hand stores and websites, where you’ll find amazing clothes, furniture, and more.
7. Support Sustainable Companies Online
One of the easiest ways to do good for the environment from home is the way you use the internet—for example, simply changing your default search engine. Ecosia uses their ad revenue to plant trees! Every search request on Ecosia removes 1kg of CO2 from the atmosphere. Once you've found a retailer, check for a solid sustainability policy (read ours here).