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5 Ways to Slowly Incorporate Sustainability into Your Lifestyle

There’s a very high chance you’ve heard about sustainability and living an eco-conscious lifestyle. These two words are usually tied together with upper-class people eating lunch from a stainless steel container, drinking from a HydroFlask, living completely vegan, shopping at overpriced grocery stores, and purchasing fair-trade clothing that costs more than a months’ worth of rent.

 The idea of being eco-friendly sounds super unattainable and even sounds as if it’s for the privilege if you only think of the “aesthetic appeal” of sustainability. Thankfully, this is only the aesthetics of being eco-friendly, and it does mean that anybody regardless of their economic status can be green. There are plenty of ways to slowly incorporate green habits that can last a lifetime, and in this post, a few will be covered. 

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Drop the plastic bags

One amazing perk that the US has over many countries is the fact that the cashiers will bag your stuff for you. This is wonderful, however, the bags that are used are plastic.  It’s best to look into using reusable tote bags. These come in a variety of different appearances, colors, sizes, and there are even some tote bags that are on the high-end pricing scale if that’s something that you’re into.

Go thrifting

If there’s something you’re needing, try and find it second-hand before buying it brand new. Going thrifting can save you a lot of money for unique items, plus thrift shops carry things that are not widely available at stores. There’s a lot of character to something that’s second-hand, and it makes it all the more special. Plus, whenever you’re purchasing something second-hand, you’re saving it from going into a landfill.

Take a look at your home

Are there any changes that you believe you can do right at home? Sometimes starting at home is the best way to completely change your lifestyle. One way would be through solar panels, so it’s great to look into a top solar company. Other ways would include checking your doors and windows to see if they’re sealed properly, using a low flow toilet, using the fireplace instead of the thermostat, and even getting reusable filters for your boiler.

Upscale

Upscale and giving something a second life are absolutely crucial. It doesn’t cost any money to extend the life of something. Jars are often used for canning, used as containers, and cups, or anything else you can think of using one for. Once you have an empty jar, why throw it away when it can be reused. The same can be said for a toothbrush. You don’t have to immediately throw your toothbrush away, instead just look into making it a little scrub brush for the hard-to-reach spots when cleaning.

Take a look at your diet

If you’re a meat-eater, then chances are the meat you’re consuming is affecting the environment. There are benefits of changing your diet and focusing more on a healthy plant-based diet. This will help you improve your health while also saving the environment. It doesn’t mean that you need to stop consuming meat or fish, but it helps out the environment on a massive scale by cutting down on the meat you consume.

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Karla Urwitz

As a full-time career oriented mother of one, I love all things travel. I was in the hospitality business for 15 years and loved it. So why not become a travel agent. So I am trying to find my balance in life through being a parent to a teenager, my love of travel, and living the best life possible. Come join me on this bumpy journey of life.

6 thoughts on “5 Ways to Slowly Incorporate Sustainability into Your Lifestyle

  1. Love these tips! I’m so glad to see that people are more concerned about their impact on the planet nowadays. And as for the house, I would suggest considering buying low-flow plumbing fixtures for it. Toilets, faucets, showerheads – today manufacturers are trying to make their products eco-friendly. You get more than just a lower water bill when you invest in such items. You also get to help the planet because your home won’t consume as much water once you have them installed.

  2. Good suggestions! Current environmental conditions require us to make some changes in our lives. By the way, even though sealing up the windows is a really great idea, sometimes sealing windows is not enough.
    Here are some things that signal it’s high time to replace them:
    1. The gaps are too big.
    2. Mold and rot.
    3. Condensate.
    4. You hear whistling in windy weather.

  3. I like the idea of solar panels installation! Current environmental conditions require us to make some changes in our lives, and switching to other renewable energy sources is a top priority. Fortunately, more and more household devices have been produced that are powered by solar energy.

  4. I like that you’re suggesting taking a look at our homes. Being homeowners, we are not always wise. For example, many of us don’t turn off devices and chargers from the plug when we stop using them. Although, they consume energy even when they’re on standby.
    I read somewhere that it can lower bills by 37%! It’s so simple, and everyone can start doing it right now.

  5. Speaking of having a sustainable home, I would like to remind you how important it is to clean air conditioner filters regularly. Not only do dirty filters make the appliance work less efficient. They also can be a cause of poor indoor air quality. Pros recommend doing this at least once every two months.

  6. I love the idea of using a low-flow toilet. Even though such eco-friendly plumbing fixtures may seem expensive, they’re really worth the investment. By reducing water consumption, they drastically reduce your water bills.

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