Many people are looking for ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle and you’d be surprised to know how your individual effort could help with some of the environmental and climate issues we are facing in the world today. Do not underestimate your role as an individual in helping to combat some of the effects of climate change that we have caused.
Here’s the complicated reality, the least developed countries are going to suffer the most although they have contributed the least to these environmental and climate changes. There are 33 countries that are classified as least developed countries in Africa, 9 in Asia, 4 in Oceania and Haiti, and these countries will probably have a lot to deal with on top of their poor economic systems.
The “have-nots” bear the weight of our spiraling climate crisis while the “haves” will always be able to escape unscathed.
Maybe you think the whole climate change talk is a complete hoax and, these small things do not count but if you walked out of your house and have witnessed terrible floods, raging fires – you know that something big is coming at us if we do not change our lifestyles.
10 things you can do to live a more sustainable lifestyle
1. Reduce household energy by turning off your appliances and lights when you leave a room. You can draw your curtains late in the evening therefore maximizing on all the day light.
2. Don’t use plastic bags at checkout. Instead, take your own bags for groceries. Totes are such a great save and if you’re looking for tote bags check out Eve & Nico Beauty for the Body shop tote bags.
3. Stop buying bottled water! Instead, invest in a reusable water bottle or a stainless bottle and carry around your own water to avoid how much plastic you use.
4. Invest in better quality items that last longer. I know we love our fast fashion and the reality is a hard pill to swallow but you might want to invest in quality over quantity. This also helps to reduce on your waste.
5. Support fashion brands that are ethical and environmentally conscious. Brands that celebrate heritage and the communities that produce these materials, brands that pay fare wages to their workers. Those are the brands worth supporting.
6. Use washable metallic straws instead of disposable plastic straws. Stop accepting disposable cutlery and napkins. Keep a stainless fork and spoon in your to save on the disposable cutlery. We must really find all ways to stop single use plastic.
7. If you have the option of borrowing books from a library instead of purchasing them directly from stores then fine a library and borrow its books.
8. Eat sustainably. Find foods that are grown organically and in close proximity. Cut down on the meat and diary products you consume and get some fruit and vegetables in your diet.
9. Take shorter showers. It will help reduce dry skin, lower your water and electricity bill.
10. Get some plants in your home and office. Plants look good but they also purify the air, and plants also help to reduce stress. Win-win situation.
Each one of us has enough influence to create a lifestyle that will benefit us and those who will come after us. We have one earth and we can all take little steps in our daily lives to do better for our planet.
What are some things you’re doing in your life to go greener?