Small Ways to Live More Sustainably
The concept of sustainable living refers to using products and consumables that are good for the environment and ethically sourced. Sustainable methods use as little energy as possible to produce and transport.
Living sustainably can be less complicated than it seems. By incorporating just a few small sustainable practices into your everyday life, you can help improve the health of the environment now and in the future.
5 Ways to Live More Sustainably
When it comes to living more sustainably, a lot of people have a Go Big or Go Home attitude. Fortunately, you don’t need to give up any of the luxuries you already enjoy or live off the grid to become more sustainable.
Here are five small ways you can contribute to the health of the environment and ensure that it remains healthy for future generations.
- Bring your own bags to the store
It seems small, but the act of bringing reusable bags to the grocery store will significantly reduce how much plastic you waste over the course of a year. You can buy reusable bags from most grocery stores, or you can use bags that you already have sitting around the house.
Keep a few in your car, so you have them handy for last-minute grocery trips.
- Swap out incandescent light bulbs for LED
Traditional incandescent light bulbs are energy monsters. LED light bulbs are known to use up to 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, plus they last up to 35 times longer and tend to give off a brighter light.
- Shop locally
Shopping at your local farmer’s market or retail store does more than boost your local economy. It cuts down on the amount of waste that is generated from transporting goods and materials from one location to another. You’ll get fresher ingredients at a farmer’s market than you can get from a grocery store, and you are more likely to find locally sourced products from a neighborhood retail store than you could from a big box chain.
- Switch to reusable water bottles
Plastic water bottles are convenient. Sometimes, there’s no way around using one. However, for your everyday life, it’s significantly better for the environment if you use a reusable water bottle. This small investment can go a long way to cutting down on plastic waste. Get a few so you can keep one at home, at work, and in your car.
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- Buy sustainable materials
Swapping out unsustainable materials like harmful plastics for sustainable materials like wood in your home is an easy and quick way to become more sustainable. For example, use wood serving spoons and serving bowls in place of plastic utensils and dinnerware.
Start Living More Sustainably Today
Small actions can have big consequences, especially when you repeat your small steps every day, over time. Incorporating one or all of these small actions can quickly add up to a healthier you and a more sustainable environment.
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