Are you looking for easy and fun ways to live more sustainably? You’re definitely not alone! Many people are interested in reducing their carbon footprint and making more planet-friendly choices, but it can be hard to know where to start. Check out these 5 simple ways to start living a little more green today:
Say goodbye to single-use plastics
One of the most impactful ways to reduce your environmental footprint is by saying goodbye to single-use plastics. Bring your own reusable bags, water bottles, and coffee cups wherever you go to cut down on waste.
Shop slow fashion
Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world. Look for brands that use eco-friendly materials and ethical manufacturing processes, thrift stores and brands that advocate for environmental justice. Slow fashion has been popularized by labels such as Stella McCartney and Pangaia as well as many smaller boutique designers, who focus on combating overproduction and overconsumption through eco-conscious apparel made from responsibly sourced, recycled and biodegradable fabrics.
Eat more plant-based meals
Meat and dairy production are major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. Even if you’re not ready to make the switch to a fully plant-based diet, simply eating more vegan or vegetarian meals can have a hugely positive impact on reducing your carbon footprint. Start by introducing a few meat-free meals into your weekly routine and go from there. It’s good for you and for the planet. Not sure which recipes to try? Our friends at LIVEKINDLY have got you covered.
Traditional cleaning products can often be full of chemicals that can harm the environment.
Switch to more eco-friendly brands or start making your own. Vinegar, lemon and baking soda can are all items generally found at home that can be used to disinfect surfaces. You can also switch to reusable cloths and sponges made from repurposed items such as old t-shirts and toothbrushes.
If upcycling isn’t for you, the good news is there are more and more brands releasing cleaning products in biodegradable or refillable packaging – Check out Eco-Mate, CleanCult, Bower Collective, Papaya Reusables and many more.
Composting is an easy way to reduce food waste and create nutrient-rich soil for your garden. Plus, you’ll be diverting organic waste from landfills, reducing methane emissions.
Composting organic waste can also reduce the dependence on chemical fertilizers, help recover soil fertility, and improve water retention and the delivery of nutrients to plants
Living more sustainably doesn’t have to be as time consuming or expensive as you think – try these simple tips and the help of Collectively, you can make a difference and earn rewards for your planet-friendly purchases.