Below are a few simple tips to help with sustainability
Limit the use of plastics
Today we use plastic, a material that is designed to last forever, for products that are designed to last for minutes. The rapidly increasing production of disposable plastic products is overwhelming our ability to safely dispose of them. Traditional plastic materials are made from fossil fuels and chemical additives. It takes plastic material approximately 400 years to breakdown. Even then plastic is not biodegrading, it is just being broken down into tiny particles which then enter our ecosystems by way of plants, animals, and our water supply.
Reduce household energy & utilize renewable energy
Reducing the overall household energy use is a great way to limit your impact on the environment. This can simply be done by turning off lights and appliances when not in use, installing energy-efficient appliances, and using a programmable thermostat that regulates the temperature. Try hanging clothes to dry as an alternative to using the dryer and replacing incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs. The installation and use of solar or wind power is another way to reduce energy costs and offset our carbon footprint. Many governments also offer tax incentives for installing renewable energy sources.
There are a thousand and one incredible ways of reusing almost everything. Reusing plastic packaging, bottles, and cups for other purposes is just one example. For instance, instead of throwing away used plastic water bottle, you can extend its lifetime by using it as a water bottle. The same applies to common household products such as mugs, jugs, magazines, shoes, clothes, mats among others. Instead of throwing such items away, resale or donate to give them an extended lifespan.
Cook at home and eat locally
Cooking food at home is a great way to eat healthy and cut back on your spending. Eating locally sourced produce reduces your meals carbon footprint and helps support the local economy.
Installing water-efficient toilets, using water-efficient washers, and using water-saving shower heads can add up to significant water conservation. For landscaping, plants that are drought tolerant are the best as they’ll require less water for watering. Harvesting rainwater and waste water recycling is also an effective way to conserve water.
Depend less on your car
Carpooling, vanpooling, use of public transport or the rail system, is a great way to reduce you carbon footprint. If you intend to move within a short distance, bike or walk instead of using the car (and you’ll get great exercise!)
Grow your own plants and vegetables
Growing your own plants and vegetables is more than just a great way to live sustainably. A backyard veggie garden means you always have fresh ingredients on hand. Fresh produce contains more vitamins and minerals than produce that has been sitting on the grocery store shelf. Produce found in most conventional grocery stores has to travel by fossil fuel consuming transport like trucks and airplanes.
Subscribing to recycling programs provides an opportunity of sustainable living. Have the used glass or plastic products and the obsolete electronics such as TVs, laptops, refrigerators, cell phones, batteries, monitors, CFLs among others picked up by appropriate recycling companies for responsible recycling.