We make choices that affect the world we live in every day. This includes the climate and living beings we share the world with. From what we eat to the products we use, there is a lot we can do to reduce our carbon footprint and make a difference when it comes to reversing climate change.
Here are the top ways to live sustainably if you want to achieve that goal:
1. Plant Seeds
Save time, money and reduce emissions by ditching the car trip to the grocery store and grow your own food at home. Plant a vegetable garden in your backyard or grow herbs in a pot on your windowsill. You don’t need acres, just a small parcel of land or a small spot where you can grow edible fruits, veggies and herbs.
2. Go Plastic-Free
Billions of pounds of plastic are floating in our oceans and choking flora and fauna. Every year thousands of animals and birds die from consuming them. Make an impact by cutting down on your plastic waste. Use reusable bags when you shop, ditch plastic water bottles of refillable metal ones and avoid products that aren’t made of sustainable packaging.
3. Boycott Products That Endanger Wildlife
Products that are made from animals that are on the endangered species list are illegal to buy, sell, trade or import. On the other hand, even if one isn’t listed, it can still be harmed for profit. Additionally, some products can threaten habitats by say polluting rain forests, poisoning the ocean and rivers and other things that animals need to survive. Live sustainably by boycotting such products and replace them with sustainable alternatives such as products that are packaged in glass, bamboo etc.
4. Donate And/Or Resell Items
You can give unwanted and useless items a new life by donating or reselling them. That way you can extend their life and reduce your dependence on single use products that are currently filling landfills. This includes old clothes, toys your kids don’t play with anymore etc. Sell these to consignment retailer or donate them to a nonprofit organization such as Goodwill which can redistribute them to those in need.
5. Make Your Home Eco-Friendly
Improve the energy efficiency of your home with smart decisions. This includes ensuring it is adequately insulated so you don’t have to crank up the thermostat. Energy saving windows and bulbs will offer the same benefit. Depending on the state you live in, you can even get incentives such as lower energy rates or free energy if you use it sustainably.
6. Don’t Buy New Tea Towels
Tea towels can be costly and depending on usage become a raggedy mess faster than you think. Plus, disposable paper towels don’t do the environment any favors. Rather than buying new ones, cut up your old t-shirts or pillow cases to make your own wash cloths. You will have a source for new cloth each time the old one has to be discarded.
7. Use Re-Usable Straws
Disposable straws do nothing but fill up landfills. Since they aren’t biodegradable, they do irreparable harm to the environment. Reduce that impact by switching to reusable straws that are made from metal, silicone or bamboo. Take them with you every time you go out so you don’t have to get plastic straws and can live sustainably.
8. Compost Food And Yard Waste
Organic material such as vegetable peels, leaves, egg shells etc make up a lot of the waste that we usually dump in the trash. You can actually re-use that by composting it into nutrient rich soil for your vegetable garden. It will reduce landfill waste, methane emissions and make your garden flourish. Use a countertop composter to start and then move onto a bigger one when you get the hang of composting.
9. Reduce Emissions By Switching To Other Transport
A typical car emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year and uses up precious fossil fuels in the bargain. Naturally, this is not a sustainable approach. Reduce that impact by ditching your car and switching to public transport where a single vehicle can transport a number of people at a time. You can also join a carpool or vanpool service for the same benefit.
10. Buy Items In Bulk
You don’t need to buy bulk items such as coffee beans, pasta, rice etc in small packets. Get larger bags at a time to reduce the amount of packages you throw away. If possible, shop at stores that provide access to zero waste refill stations. Take your own jars and bags to get refills.
The aforementioned tips can help you live sustainably but this is far from an exhaustive list. Do your part to reduce the effects of climate change by researching more ways to live sustainably.