Yes, you might be extremely busy and unavailable. And yes, despite your passion for sustainability and a brighter future, you might find yourself exhausted and dismotivated to continually be the virtous one saving the planet from a literal burn out. But, as it often is, the world is not black and white filled with angles and sinners, as there is no scale of how to be perfectly sustainable. It is the little communal steps that gradually become effortless and natural force of change.
In this blog post, I would like to outline some of the most essential sustainable steps in our everyday routines that anyone is capable of achieving.
- Eat sustainably.
But, what actually is sustainable eating? Well, first of all, you should start by reading the product label before purchasing it. A very simple rule of thumb is the “organic” label as it indicates that the food has udergone governmental regulations concerning organic farming. Secondly, check the state of origin- is it localor has it been shipped? Does it support good quality lovcal production or is it coming from oversees? Therefore, not only lower distance of transportation leads to a decrease in carbon footprints but also locally produced goods support local businesses.
Here are 3 quick sustainable breakfast ideas:
- Peanutbutter waffle.
- Fruits and cheese.
2. Reuse, reuse, reuse!
The most important pillar of sustainable living is recycling and reusing. Keep your plastic bags, containers or boxes and resuse them.
3. Use low-flowing water.
Avoid taking 30 minute showers, rather focus on techniques that will reduce water waste.
4. Fashion, fashion, fashion!
Sustainable fashion is one of the most important factors. Wear clothes that are either sustainbaly certified or second hand. The benefits of is are limitless. By purchasing on of these types of clothing, you will not only reduce water pollution, carbon footprint or toxicity, but also you will contribute to the live betterment of many.
5. Air dry your clothing.
We all know how much we love the laundry dryer. But we also know that we love the planet more. By using the natural forces we save a lot of the wolrd´s electricity, therefore get yourself a laundry rug and let your landry dry outside.
6. Bike, walk, skateboard..you call it.
Another great opportunity to lower the car emissions and clear the urban pollution. If you can, try to walk, bike, or take the bus to work in order limit car emissions. Not only your body will become fitter, but the air might become a little cleaner as well.
7. Do not buy bottled water!
Reduce unnecessary purchases of plastic. One of the biggest offenders are plastic bottles. Recycling the plastic bottles is a good start, but why not get a reusable bottle instead? You can get them in just about any color.
8. Boycott products that endanger wildlife
According to the center of Biological Diversity one of the main points of how to live a more sustainble life is to be aware of “products made from animals on the endangered species list are illegal to buy, sell, import or trade in the United States, but if a plant or animal hasn’t been listed yet, they can still be harmed for someone’s profit. Also, some products harm endangered species by threatening their habitat, from cutting down old-growth forests to using up the water that riparian species need to survive. To avoid contributing to the endangerment of wildlife, shop conscientiously and look for products made from sustainable materials like bamboo and dine at restaurants that refuse to serve imperiled species like bluefin tuna.”
Well, there you have it. Little steps that all of us can activate in our every day routines. Because perhaps if we do, our planet will be smiling again.