You only have to switch on the news or look out your window to realize that the way we live our lives is not sustainable in the long-term. Where we were once okay to use landfill sites and endless amounts of single-use plastic, the growing population means that the way in which we are used to living is simply not attainable. We all need to do our part to become more sustainable, not just for our own personal gain, but to protect the planet for future generations.
If you’re wondering how you can live more sustainably, we’ve put together some tips that don’t require you to put in too much effort, but that can make a considerable difference to reduce your carbon footprint and help the wider environment.
Use Public Transport
Cars used to be reserved for only the wealthiest members of society, with most people walking, cycling, or using public transport to get to where they needed to go. Fast forward to the present day and almost every adult of driving age has a car. We’re so used to being to drive to places that even a walk to the shop that is 10 minutes away is something most people choose to drive.
With so many cars on the road, carbon emissions are becoming uncontrollable, hence why so many governments are looking to ban the production of petrol and diesel cars in the next decade. Where possible, think about getting using a train or getting the bus. You could even try car-pooling to try and reduce your personal emissions.
Buy Re-Usable Products
The next way you can live more sustainably is to buy re-usable products. From glass or metal water bottles to washable nappies and re-usable makeup wipes, there are so many eco-friendly options out there nowadays. You can even buy re-fills for things like handwash and soap, reducing the amount of packaging and allowing you use what you already have.
Rather than buying new clothes or furniture, try thrifting, too. This gives older products a new lease of life, and if everyone did it, the production of new items would decrease. Being sustainable is all about using what you already have, hence why buying re-usable products is best. This also goes for things like shopping bags and lunchboxes, too.
Recycle More Waste
It is inevitable that you’re going to produce waste. Some people try to live a waste-free life, but for most people, this is unattainable and not something that fits in with their lifestyle unless they go through a major upheaval. Producing waste doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing, provided you dispose of it responsibly.
This means trying to keep as much as you can out of landfill and recycling more. Most types of packaging are recyclable, including glass bottles, beer and bottle box packaging, metal tins, and the majority of plastics, but still, a lot of people throw them in with their general waste and it then ends up in landfill. Look for the recycling logo on packaging and make sure you sort it appropriately.
For things like food, compost your waste and use it on your garden or to feed your houseplants. It will create nutrient rich soil that is far more beneficial than anything else on offer.
Being more sustainable isn’t something that happens overnight, and it may take you some time to get used to your new routine and making more an effort to step away from the convenience of throw-away life, but within a few weeks you should get there. The benefits will far outweigh the cons, and you’ll be glad you make the changes.