Everyone plays a small part in staying in this Mother Earth. There are too many news regarding global warming, depletion of ozone layer and resource depletion. This is our time to help reduce the carbon footprints that harm Mother Earth.
What is Sustainable Living?
Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of the Earth’s natural resources and personal resources. Practitioners of sustainable living often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption, and diet. Proponents of sustainable living aim to conduct their lives in ways that are consistent with sustainability, in natural balance and respectful of humanity’s symbiotic relationship with the Earth’s natural ecology and cycles. The practice and general philosophy of ecological living is highly interrelated with the overall principles of sustainable development.*
My definition of sustainable living is the just being aware of your own resource consumption and reducing unnecessary waste. It might be easy to say, but slightly harder to achieve it. However, I did not mention we can’t do anything at all, so here are some simple ways that we could do our part!
Walk or Cycle or Car Pool
Walking and cycling are wonderful for their low impact, not only on our bodies but on Mother Earth. Because walking and cycling promote an active lifestyle, there are tangible health benefits. Car pool helps to reduce carbon footprints and helps you increase your social connection in life as well.
When you buy local stores, you reduce your environmental impact as you help cut down on transportation, congestion and pollution. Buying from big supermarkets may require a lot of fossil fuel energy during transportation process.
Dispose of Disposable Plastics
Cut down on single-use plastic utensils like forks, spoons and straws by carrying your own cutlery set and metal straw. Avoid plastics, as they take a really long time to break down. Do think twice while making a purchase – if you will not use it more than once, then you probably don’t need it at all. Start investing in reusable products for the items you most often throw away.
Tip: when you are going for food delivery, always opt for no plastic cutleries. It is just a click away!
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Reduce your need to buy new products. If there is less waste, then there is less to recycle or reuse. Learning to reuse items, or repurpose them for different use then what they are intended for is essential in waste hierarchy. Recycle and categorise the products in the correct bin to allow recycling to be possible. Putting your waste in the wrong category will not allow recycling to take place.
Resell and Donate Items
Items that you no longer need can get an extended life shelf through donation or reselling. By doing that, you are helping in reducing major carbon footprints. People need not to purchase brand new packing just to get the item they want and they could get at a fraction of the price. There is so many marketplace out there that does this! Instead of shopping for brand new items, why not head over to all these marketplace and do some thrift shopping?
Grow Your Own Vegetables
Increase the green spaces on Mother Earth. Not only are you consuming healthier vegetables, you are also playing an important role in offsetting the carbon emissions.
Easy way to live more sustainably is to conserve household water use. Re-using the water from washing vegetables to watering the plants outside your house. Instead of allowing the tap to run while shampooing, you can off the tap.
Unplug from Electricity When Not Using
Most of the electronic devices keep on drawing electricity even when they’re off. To reduce energy usage, simply pull the plug or switch it to off when not in use. You can reduce your monthly electricity bill too!
Hope that the above tips are comprehensive for you. Big changes always start from small steps – so take small steps and encourage your family and friends to do so too. Let’s do our part for Mother Earth, and make sustainable living possible!