You probably do one thing everyday or every so often that is sustainable without even realizing it. Green Story has compiled a list of five common lifestyles choices. If there is something on the list that you are already doing, congrats! If there isn’t, maybe you can consider a new lifestyle change!
These practices may seem small but help in reducing our large carbon footprint and in creating a more sustainable planet.
1. Biking or taking transit
Maybe you bike to work because you get there faster, take the transit to avoid rush hour traffic, or you simply fancy a walk every now and then. By not driving, you’re not only reducing congestion (and possibly keeping healthier), but you’re also reducing emissions from traffic. Biking, walking, and/or taking transit not only benefits the environment but also your health. While reducing emission, you can also get your steps in or your cardio for the day!
Imagine getting your brand for 1/10th the cost. By thrifting you’re saving a lot of money, and you’re also helping save the planet. How? You’re avoiding the emissions and water use from manufacturing new clothing and by participating in the second hand economy, stopping materials from going to landfills . Also, thrifting is a hobby and a trend among many millennials today but also helps those in need! This wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for everyone that continues to donate and resells their clothes. The life of a product gets extended when it gets reused by someone else.
3. Being minimalistic
Some people pursue a minimalist lifestyle to have a more peaceful home, spend less time cleaning, and eliminate any unnecessary clutter. Whereas there as some who prefer to be frugal and strive to understand the quality and life expectancy of a product as it is important in making a purchase. As many are moving towards a minimalist lifestyle, they are starting to question every purchase and the impact this will have in their space and life. Minimalists are selective about their purchases which leads to them buying less. Buying less means less environmental impact of making new products, and being accidentally sustainable!
4. Organic, vegetarian and vegan diets
Many people have switched to organic and more plant based diets over the last few years. The not so hidden benefit is that by doing so, you contribute towards a sustainable environment. According to IPCC a large amount of energy is consumed when processing, transporting, and storing meat. Animal agriculture is also responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, intense water processes, and acres of land for crops. Switching to a meatless diet can improve one’s health but also accidently helps the environment and our animals!
5. Using only reusable products
Are you one of those people who like your reusable bags? Do you prefer your coffee in a ceramic cup rather than a throwaway plastic or paper cup? According to the UN Environment Programme, every year, eight million tonnes of plastic waste seeps into the ocean and our natural surroundings, ultimately affecting the wildlife. By using your own cups, or going strawless by sipping your drinks, you’re avoiding a lot of waste and pollution from manufacturers of single use plastics. So maybe you don’t like spending the extra on a water bottle or a plastic bag when you already have something at home. And that’s great, you’re accidentally helping reduce waste and landfill.
This is our list of how you could be sustainable without even noticing it. Do you incorporate any of these into your everyday lifestyle? Thank you for reading and make sure to consciously (or subconsciously) make sustainable lifestyle decisions!