It’s easy to become overwhelmed when it comes to maintaining a sustainable lifestyle. Do you ever feel as though you aren’t contributing enough? Or are you on the other hand, thinking to yourself, “Well, I don’t use plastic shopping bags, so I’m good?” As with most things in life, I try to find a happy medium.
I am aware that there is always more I can do, but I am also aware that what I am doing is making a difference. Ask yourself if you are maintaining the social mandates while going outside? Are you following the pandemic guidelines such as putting on disposable face masks and maintaining social distancing?
It’s critical to understand that modest steps can make a big difference and that you don’t have to do things perfectly all of the time. This is especially true in terms of sustainability and living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. You might be able to make some minor changes today, but use this as a guide and concentrate on the areas of your life where changes are doable and make sense.
Here are some tips to make your lifestyle more healthy, robust, and sustainable
- Whenever possible, buy nuts, grains, and seeds in quantity. Instead of utilizing the provided plastic packaging, bring your jars or containers to fill. Avoid plastic packaging if you can.
- Avoid using disposable produce bags by using reusable shopping bags.
- Respect pandemic mandates such as social distancing and the use of disposable face masks.
- Keep an eye on how much meat you’re consuming and try to eat more vegetables. Vegetarian dinners are still delectable, I assure you.
- Reduce wastage of food.
- Purchase high-quality things; while they are more expensive, they endure considerably longer than low-cost items.
- Fast fashion should be avoided at all costs; instead, look for sustainable clothing businesses.
- Instead of purchasing single-use water bottles, invest in a reusable water bottle that you enjoy.
- Use energy-efficient lightbulbs – when a bulb burns out, replace it with a CFL or LED energy-efficient bulb.
- Take short showers and switch off the water when brushing your teeth or doing the dishes to save water.
- If possible, switch to an energy-efficient vehicle or walk or bike instead.
- Invest in environmentally safe furniture that is free of formaldehyde and other toxins.
- When it’s time to replace your appliances, choose energy-efficient models.
- Gradually begin to replace your makeup with cleaner, more ecologically friendly options.
- If at all feasible, buy organic. It is a decision I make to eat more responsibly, support sustainable agriculture, and improve farmer conditions.