Sustainability and doing our part is important to ensure we look after the planet and its limited resources. So today I have the lovely Adela from Nature in the Box sharing her top sustainability life hacks. Over to you Adela!
What does it mean to live a more sustainable lifestyle?
Living a sustainable lifestyle means our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and use Earth’s natural resources in a way that is sustainable for our planet, for us and future generations.
The opposite of sustainable living is consumerism, something that a lot of us and past generations are guilty of. Mass production and easy access to everything we can think of has had a massive impact on how we are living now and shopping has turned a necessity into a psychological relief. This
relief fades away quickly and we need it more and more, kind of like a drug and shopping is the easy way to get it! Our wardrobes are full of clothes we don’t even wear; our house is cluttered of things we don’t even use; our fridges are full of food we don’t get to eat.
We don’t have to drastically change the way we live to live sustainably but we can all make a few adjustments that will make a difference. And it starts at home!
10 Ways to be more sustainable at home
It’s so easy to recycle today and you’re probably already doing it! You don’t even have to put a lot of effort into it, being aware of what you throw away is the key. You can recycle most things at home: paper, plastic, glass, but for some other bits you’ll need to find a place to dispose of properly. Your local stores can take your batteries, electronics or bulbs.
Have you noticed how many plastic containers of all kinds you throw away daily? They can be used for different crafts projects, to grow plants in or store food. Same goes for jars. Glass bottles are great as a candle sticks! All that wax can also be reused and made into a new candle.
Start by replacing the bulbs in your home with more economical ones. This will benefit your budget as well as the environment.
You could also invest in solar powered chargers for your devices or change your energy supplier to one that’s 100% renewable.
If you’re guilty of taking long showers, try timing it. You can also turn off water while shampooing your hair. Also, you don’t need to leave your tap on when brushing your teeth.
Fill a glass of water and use it to rinse your mouth afterwards. Water from boiling pasta can be used for watering plants.
Keep a bottle of water in the fridge in the summer so you don’t have to run water for a long time before it gets colder. Collect rain water for gardening or to wash utensils.
This might not suit everyone, but it’s worth trying. To compost food you’ll need a container that preferably has a lid. Fill it with food scraps but make sure you don’t put any meat or bones in because it will attract vermin and maggots. Cardboard can go into your compost as well!
Use your compost for your indoor plants or in your garden.
Reduce food waste
Over 7 million tons of food is wasted every year in the UK. Shocking, right? That is a huge waste of resources and money! Start by creating a weekly meal plan and make a shopping list before going shopping. Try to buy only the food you need and you know you can consume. Use the ingredients that are more likely to expire first. Potatoes and onions can last longer than peppers or tomatoes.
Grow your own (even indoors)
You don’t have to become a full time farmer, but it’s worth having some vegetables or herbs at home. Basil, coriander, parsley, rosemary and mint are really easy to care of and they last forever. Once they get too big, you can cut a few stems, put them in a glass of water so they get roots and plant another set. Next level would be having tomato plants, strawberries or
lettuce. These can be grown indoors as well as outdoors.
Upcycling old clothes is a trend with many followers and Pinterest is the best place to find ideas for that. Some people even transformed this hobby into a business and are making good money from it.
Another way to repurpose clothes is by making them into a decorative object, like a rug, or abag.
Ok, probably the easiest to do and takes the least effort! This is how technology helps us reduce waste by exchanging printed pages for digital documents. Write an email instead of a letter, opt for an emailed receipt where possible, scan your documents instead of photocopying, get your bank statements or utility bills by email - are the most common swaps for going paperless.
Eat less meat
Not ready to give up bacon yet? That’s totally fine. You don’t have to become a vegetarian overnight to save the planet. But not having meat for just a few days every week can help so much in reducing your carbon footprint. Not to mention it’s healthier and recommended by all nutritionists.
Are you ready to switch to a more sustainable lifestyle? What are the adjustments you are willing to make in order to reduce your carbon footprint?
About the author
Adela loves researching and writing about sustainability and how we can all include it in our daily lives! Her passion for ethical living started early in her childhood, being born and raised in a beautiful remote village in Romania, where life was much simpler. Life took her to the great city of London where she discovered that sustainability in a big city is not only needed but also possible. However, there’s still a long way until it’s applied by everyone. When she’s not at her desk writing for her blog, Nature in the Box, she loves discovering hidden gems of London and travel to unique places.