According to the United Nations, if the population grows to 9.6 billion by 2050, we’ll need the equivalent of three planets to sustain our current lifestyle.
With alarming statistics like this, you might think that you can’t live sustainably unless you go off the grid.
The good news is that you can do your part in saving the environment by making a few simple lifestyle changes.
Ready to learn more? Keep reading for five easy yet effective ways you can live more sustainably today!
1. Avoid Single-Use Plastics
One of the best ways to help with saving the environment is to avoid single-use plastics whenever you can.
- Plastic straws
- Grocery bags
- Plastic water bottles
- Plastic product packaging
- Single-use razors
- Takeout containers
These items can take hundreds of years to decompose and some end up sitting in the landfill forever. So when you go shopping, bring a reusable bag and avoid buying products that are packaged in lots of plastic.
2. Stop Wasting Food
Around one-third of the world’s food is wasted every year. This equates to 1.3 billion tons.
One easy way to reduce your food waste is to buy only what you know you’ll eat. If you won’t eat something right away (like meat), be sure to freeze it.
Meal prepping and batch cooking are also great ways to reduce food waste while saving you time.
3. Save Energy Whenever You Can
A key component of environmentally-friendly living is using less energy. One way to do this is to unplug devices when you’re not using them.
You can also switch your incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs, which are more energy-efficient.
And if you own a home, try switching to solar energy (more info here).
4. Buy Local Produce
One of the best methods for reducing your carbon footprint is eating local produce. This is because food transportation is a huge contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.
Most grocery stores carry at least some local foods, although your best bet is the farmer’s market.
If you’re not sure what’s in season, download a seasonal produce guide for your region.
5. Recycle and Donate
Make recycling easy for yourself by having a separate bag or bin for containers and paper products. You can also start a compost bin and line it with paper or compostable bags.
For electronics and large appliances, see if there are any drop-off locations near you.
For clothes, electronics, or furniture you don’t use anymore, donate them to a charity shop or give them away online. You’d be surprised at how many people would love to have them!
Make These Changes to Live Sustainably
Remember that you don’t have to make huge changes to live sustainably. By making small tweaks like avoiding plastic, you’ll be doing your part to help the environment.
If you’re overwhelmed, start with one of these tips until it becomes routine. Then go down the list until you’ve revamped your lifestyle into a sustainable one you’re proud of.
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