Newbies’s guide #1
Most people associate words such as sustainability, environmental and organic with complicated and unknown topics. One believes that having a more eco friendly way of living will characterize their everyday life way too much to even get involved, but don’t you worry.
When it comes to sustainability in general, you’re likely guilty of a few infractions. Perhaps you keep the water running a bit too long before you get into the shower, or maybe you’re a little too addicted to buying clothes you really don’t need or want. Whatever the case, you are not alone – we all do it. The good news is that words such as sustainability, environmental and organic are not as complicated as you think, and there are many simple, practical habits you can adopt that will impact our planet without a drastic change in your everyday life.
We have complied 5 tips that will make this topic less unknown, especially for you who consider yourself as an eco.newbie.
- Take a break from fast fashion
This may sound difficult, but try to take a break from fast fashion for a few months and instead invest in sustainable and/or organic garments. Is a lot of stylish, sustainable and ethical retailers out there, look it up!
- Cut down on the water use
A lot of unused water rush down the drain if you leave the faucet running, so; turn it off while brushing your teeth, keep cold water in the fridge as opposed to letting the faucet run until it is cold, and don’t take unnecessary long showers. Other ways to cut down water usage is to only wash full loads of laundry and dishes, as simple as that you can make a difference.
- Ditch the coffee lid and stirrer
Small measures can lead to major changes. If you are going to drink the coffee right away there is no need to get a lid to keep it warm, so why not save us from unnecessary plastic waste. A clever alternative for using a stirrer is to put your milk and sugar in before you pour the coffee, then you don’t have to worry about the liquid not getting mixed. The best would of course be to take a reusable cup from home, this will also save you from those extra expenses.
- Not ready to go all vegetarian?
We all know about the trend of “going vegan”, and it’s not for everyone. But trying to commit to a meat-free diet two or three days a week to decrease the used resources would definitely contribute. According to worldwildlife.org, it takes about 100,000 liters of water to produce 1 kilogram of beef, but “only” around 750 liters to produce 1 kilogram of wheat. That’s a big difference.
- Buy local food
To buy locally grown products is an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint. Instead of buying products that were produced and shipped from far away, you can support local diaries and farms – no one likes a long distance relationship. If you want to take it to the next level you can start growing herbs and vegetables in your own backyard, the closer the better.
To be continued…