Do You Ever Ask Yourself…..How Can I Live Sustainably?
Sustainability has been a word that has cropped up a lot these days, a bit of a buzzword, if you will. But what does that really mean? For us in our homes, it is all about using materials or resources today that will help their supply for the future. This kind of thing can sound like that is it, you can’t live with anything or have any luxuries, but that isn’t it at all. Is is about being more aware of where the things come from in your home, where they go after you’ve used them and what resources that use to get to you. If you are taking more than they give back, then that is where the issues can stem from.
So here are some of the ways that you can reduce the waste that your home and family creates, as well as some of the ways that you can live more sustainably.
Live More Sustainably By Using Less Energy
We all need energy in our home to keep our home warm, to cook food, and to use electronics like the refrigerator. But when you use energy, you are using some of the earth’s natural resources. So looking for ways to conserve energy can not only save you money, but it can also help to save the environment. Here are a few ideas for you:
-Turn off lights and any appliances when they are not in use. Standby isn’t good enough, as that red light still needs energy to tell you that it is on standby! So switch off at the wall.
-Hang clothes to dry instead of using a tumble dryer; they consume a lot of energy.
-Use a thermostat and when you put the heating on, put it down by a few degrees. You’ll still be warm but it uses less energy to get you there.
-In winter, make sure you close windows and fix any draughts from them and doors. In warmer temperatures, open windows for a breeze, rather than putting on any air-conditioning.
Live More Sustainably By Recycling and Disposing of Waste Appropriately
We are all going to have waste in our homes, from packaging, boxes, food, and other products. So it is a great idea to look for ways to make sure that you are disposing of the household waste accordingly, as well as looking for ways to make sure that you are recycling properly. For waste disposal, you need to look into what can be done in your local area. Are there places to take unwanted items of furniture or things like old mattresses? If you don’t take the time to look into this kind of thing, then it can lead to those kinds of thing just going to landfill, which is not what you want.
As for recycling, you need to make sure that you are cleaning items before you put them in a recycle bin (otherwise they won’t be recycled). It is also a good idea to check what is recycled local to you, so that you are maximizing what can be recycled. Starting your own compost can be a good way to recycle food too, as it will really cut down the waste that you have.
Live More Sustainably And Eat Locally
Supermarkets have really changed the way that we shop, as we can get everything that we need in one place but you can see food from all over the world in those stores. Just think about how far they’ve all had to travel, and the cost and energy of doing just that. If you have local shops to support and buy your food from, then that can be a great idea. It reduces the footprint of the food that you use, as well as being better for your health when you eat locally as it is what is in season. You also help local businesses which also gives back to the community.
Live More Sustainably And Ditch Disposables
Single use plastic is one of the biggest problems that our environment is facing, as it is polluting marine life, as well as harming animal life. Not to mention the fact that it can all take thousands of years to biodegrade, meaning chunks of plastic are everywhere. So look for more sustainable options like bamboo toothbrushes (from a sustainable supplier), ditch disposable plastic containers and use glass, as well as using reusable cloths instead of face wipes or baby wipes. These are all small changes but can have a big impact on how much waste you produce, as well as reducing the toxins that are being put back into our world from the disposable plastics.