With climate change being one of the world’s worst crises right now, it’s no surprise that many are now caring much more about a range of environmental issues.
There are many ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle that all of us can implement. Here we have listed small, possible ideas that can make a big impact and something that is simple for us to apply. While it might be something we’ve always known, it’s time for us to start applying to our lives!
1. Bring reusable bags/ reduce the amount of plastic while shopping
Every day while we’re shopping, there’s something that we’re all constantly reminded of - to reduce the amount of plastic bags that we use.
Globally, a staggering trillion single-use plastic bags are used every year. Only a small fraction of these plastic bags are recycled, while the majority ends up polluting our landfills or even our oceans.
2. Cook more at home to reduce waste
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, more families began cooking and preparing their meals at home. Besides several health benefits that go into cooking your own meals (as well as saving costs!), did you know that it can also be the eco-friendlier choice?
When you cook your own meals, on top of choosing your ingredients and how it was sourced, you are also controlling things like packaging, plastic waste and even food waste!
When we cook our own meals, we are able to gauge our portions better and in turn, reduce food wastage too.
The opportunities for eco-friendly innovation are endless when you prepare your own meals!
3. Buy less, consume less, throw away less
It’s not only buying food, but when it comes to food, drinks or clothes, we might all be guilty of spending too much. We could all slow down our purchasing habits by asking ourselves:
Is buying this a want or a need? Is it necessary? Can I see myself actually using this item? Does this have a unique purpose in my life?
We might be tempted by our material desires, but asking yourself these simple questions might just leave a huge impact on the amount of items that you purchase.
4. Bring a reusable mug
If you’re someone who will likely drink coffee while out, why not invest in a reusable thermos?
Every component of a coffee cup - from its lid to the cup - has negative effects on the environment. They are not biodegradable and cannot be recycled.
There’s also more coffee shops that are incentivizing shoppers to bring their own cups and mugs for a discount, so don’t be afraid to ask your local coffee outlet if that’s something they offer!
5. Just get started!
The tips on this list are what most of us have heard often, if not on a daily basis. But it’s important to remember that even the smallest changes can make a huge difference. Whether you incorporate just one or two of these sustainability tips into your life this year, you’ll be doing your part in making the world a better place.