In 2024, it is more important than ever to practice sustainability when you are able to. Being conscious of the impact you have on the world around you and making small changes in your day-to-day life can have a huge impact on your own health and happiness too in addition to helping out the planet.
In this article, we’ll be discussing six habits and techniques you can do to start living more sustainably. Don’t pressure yourself into following all of these tips, as following just one of these will make a small difference.
For example, take a look at this businessman here who has pledged to reduce his use of single use items, anyone can be sustainable and help the planet.
So without further ado, let’s go over some methods of how you can start practicing sustainability in your everyday life.
Visiting second-hand stores is a fantastic way of supporting sustainable acts. Giving a used product a new home means that item will be reused instead of thrown away, thus helping reduce waste. Instead of supporting businesses that make new clothes every year and throw out the old ones, you can buy old clothes and other items from thrift stores.
2. Go paperless
If you haven’t done this for non-important pieces of information already, you should really consider switching to a digital form of note keeping. Of course, if you want to keep important information written down physically that is okay, but using sheet upon sheet of paper on a daily basis can be very wasteful.
3. Don’t drive everywhere
One of the largest contributors to global warming is greenhouse gas emissions, and many toxic emissions come from our cars. By using public transportation or walking/biking to your destination, you are lessening the amount of toxic emissions released into the atmosphere.
4. Limit your single use items
Like we mentioned in the beginning of the article, you can also limit the amount of single-use item waste you have in your life. These include things such as plastic water bottles, small bags of food, paper cups and plates, plastic utensils, and other items.
For example, instead of buying cases of plastic water bottles, you could consider filtering your tap water using a Brita filter.
5. Vote Eco-friendly
A great way to help enact change on a local level or national level is to vote for the people you believe will pass laws and legislation to help the environment. When researching who to vote for before elections, keep in mind how they plan to address environmental issues.
6. Save Water
Saving water can be something as simple as taking shorter showers, or as extreme as ripping out your lawn and installing astroturf. Whatever level you are comfortable with doing is what you should do, as something is better than nothing.
Astroturf is a very popular way for homes to save both money and the amount of water available to other people, as it completely eliminates the need for watering a live lawn.
You are now more prepared to practice sustainability in your day to day life. Remember that it is not important to do everything on this list, and you shouldn’t overwhelm yourself with trying to be as eco-friendly as possible. Start small, and then work your way up to a completely sustainable lifestyle!