More and more people are wanting to discover the best ways to live a sustainable lifestyle. Doing their bit to help the world, even the smallest changes could have a big impact in the long term. We know that the planet only has a limited number of resources. So whatever we can do to try and promote sustainability, the better our future will be.
To help guide you towards a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle, here are some tips that you can use at home:
Say Goodbye to Plastics
In the last few years, people have become more aware of the effect that plastics have on our planet. Highlighted in the popular BBC series Blue Planet II in 2019, it showed millions of pounds of plastic in the ocean.
To try and reduce the amount of plastics, as part of your sustainable lifestyle, you can start to cut down on the amount of plastic waste you produce by trying the following:
- Try to use reusable bottles
- Use reusable shopping bags
- Avoid plastic straws
- Use plastic-free products/cosmetics
Every day, driving our cars increases the amount of carbon emissions that are released into the air. So to try and reduce our carbon footprints, one of the first steps we can take is to try and change our driving habits.
Instead of relying on your car every day, you could walk, ride a bike or use public transportation. Walking and bike riding is also a fun way to get your exercise in whilst helping the environment.
Turn Off Appliances When You’re Not Using Them
People often don’t realise the energy that’s wasted when they leave their TV or other devices on standby. But by switching them off, this simple change can be a very significant way of reducing your carbon footprint. Conserving the energy, it’s a proactive step that will not only help the planet but will also save you money on your electricity bills in the long run!
Electricity-wise, it’s also worth switching to LED bulbs due to how energy efficient they are. They also last a lot longer than conventional bulbs, making them a great option in any home.
Another easy method that you can use in your sustainable lifestyle is to cut down on the amount of water you use every day. From limiting the time that you’re in the shower to turning off the water when you’re brushing your teeth, this alongside the other steps will help you and your family to be more eco-friendly.
Avoid Wasting Food
Although it’s easy to waste items of food without really thinking about it (e.g if they have gone off in the fridge or you’ve thrown the leftovers away), it’s directly contributing to the millions of tonnes of food that’s wasted in the UK every year. Adding to the amount of Co2 that’s in landfills, it’s damaging the planet.
To help to cut down the amount of waste, it’s a good idea to try and make the most out of the food that you buy. This way, less food is thrown away and you’ll be able to save money. A good method you could use, for example, is to bulk cook your food, freeze it and reuse it throughout the month.
Recycle, Recycle, Recycle
This might seem like an obvious one, but it’s surprising how many people are yet to practise it in their everyday life. If you’re striving to take on a more eco-friendly lifestyle, then recycling should come second nature to you.
Of course, as part of cutting down on plastics, there shouldn’t be a lot of plastic items that you have to recycle, but other items such as paper can also be recycled – so it’s worth researching into what other things you can recycle instead of throwing in the bin.
Living sustainably should be a practice that everyone around the world is following. Although it might feel daunting to start it, it’s actually easier than you think. And these small changes are a great step towards a healthier planet.