Every saved plastic package and every plastic-free alternative is a small step forward in the right direction. Sustainability in everyday life begins with little things that make a big difference in the mass.
Today, we’ll show you 7 ways for more sustainability that really make a difference and help you significantly reduce your environmental footprint.
Hand on heart: We have to do more if we want to change something in the long term. Each and every one of us can help to reduce his footprint and increase sustainability in everyday life.
We do not have to stock up on all sorts of sustainable gadgets. Sustainability starts with very simple things.
7 Ways for more sustainability in everyday life
1. Use public transport or the bicycle
Traveling by car is a real burden on the environment. Whenever you can, you should ideally switch to cycling or public transport. Especially in the big city you usually get faster from a to b.
2. Only buy what you really need
Especially when it comes to sustainability, we should rethink our consumption. What do I really need and what can I be without? Of course, sustainability does not mean throwing away intact things and replacing it with more sustainable alternatives.
Use what you have, as long as it is usable and exchange it only when it is really necessary. Who limits his consumption to what he really needs, not only saves money, but also significantly reduces his ecological footprint.
3. Pay attention to where you get your food from
Especially with fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products, you should pay attention to where the food comes from. Regional means short transport routes. Short transport routes mean a saving of CO2. While reducing your ecological footprint, you are also supporting regional farmers – and if the whole thing is still organic in quality, so much the better.
4. Lose less food
The eyes are big, the hunger mostly smaller. Often we buy more food than we actually consume in the end. Millions of tons of food ends up in trash every year.
This does not have to be if we think about shopping in advance and only buy as much groceries as we can actually use. It helps to write a grocery list and to know already at food shopping what you would like to cook in the up coming days.
5. Reduce your consumption of animal foods
Livestock farming causes significant amounts of greenhouse emissions. In addition, there are huge amounts of vegetable feed needed, which in turn means huge areas for its cultivation. Decreasing or even eliminating your consumption of these foods will significantly reduce your environmental footprint.
6. Separate your trash correctly!
What sounds so banal actually makes a huge difference in the end. If we separate waste properly, it can be largely recycled.
Unfortunately, it still fails too much and many dispose of waste partly unconsciously wrong. As a result, more recyclable waste ends up on the residual waste than necessary and will not be recycled.
If you are unsure, check with a local waste disposal company and ask how best to dispose of which trash for recycling. So you not only help the disposers in their work, but also the environment, because a large part of the packaging material, etc. can be recycled and used again.
7. Share, exchange and give away
You do not need something anymore, but it is still fully functional? Before you threw away and buy new things, ask friends, family, and colleagues if they need what you want to give away or if they can lend you what you need. Especially clothing that we do not like anymore does not just have to be thrown away while it’s still wearable. Here you can make others a real joy.
We hope that these tips will help you to be more sustainable in your everyday life.
Share your ideas with friends, acquaintances and your family, which things they can integrate in their day-to-day life or maybe have already changed to live more sustainable.
Sharing with each other not only helps you, but also your environment.
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