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.
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.
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 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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