The top reason people don’t change their lifestyle to a more sustainable one is because it “isn’t easy.”
But, it can be! And, it can save you time, money, and energy.
Here are 5 ways you can get started on living a more sustainable lifestyle.
Eat less meat
Did you know that meat products are the most carbon intensive food on the planet? That means producing them takes the largest amount of energy and resources.
You can help keep carbon out of the atmosphere just by eating less red meat and chicken. Start with one day per week! Every step is important.
One of my favorite things that’s been trending recently is buying used clothes. I did a whole capstone project last year on textile recycling, and it has opened my eyes to how much actually goes into making fabric.
That’s why thrift shopping is so great! It saves you so much money, and helps the planet.
Plus, thanks to the internet, you don’t even have to leave your house! Sites like ThredUp make it super easy.
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Buy a reusable water bottle
I am the biggest advocate I know for reusable water bottles. Plastic never really goes away, and it takes a ton of resources to produce it. And for just one use? No thanks.
Plus, bottled water is expensive. Not something I can afford in college.
So, invest in a reusable, preferably glass, but that can be risky, so more durable plastic is good, too! Refilling it while at school saves money and the planet! Win-win!
I also mentioned the benefits of them in this post. Must have for college. Must have for sustainability.
Up your coffee game
Making coffee at home saves you time, money, and waste. Why wouldn’t you?
I wrote about it in more depth in this post, but seriously. You can save at least $20 a month by buying a reusable filter and making your coffee at home.
If you don’t make it at home, buy a reusable cup, and bring it to Starbucks or Dunkin’, and they’ll fill it up for you!
Fix your shower
Challenge yourself to take a more sustainable shower!
I know I’m guilty of it, I spend way too long in a super hot shower. Fun, right? But unnecessary.
Even by just turning the temperature of your shower down a little, or take 2 minutes off your shower time, you are helping to save water and energy!
Tip: set a timer for your showers so you know when you’re starting to use a lot of water.
I love love love buying local when I can.
A lot of times this is associated with food, but buying anything local is great, for a few reasons:
- You support someone’s trade and family
- You are helping to fuel the local economy
- You are buying something that has a lesser carbon impact compared to if you bought it somewhere else
The last reason is why I included it on this list. When you buy things local, that means it didn’t take as much carbon to transport it from where it was made to your hands. That increases your sustainability. Awesome.
See how easy it can be?! You’re on the fast track to living a life better for you & the earth! Happy Earth Day!
(Earth Day, Every Day)