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Did you know that at the rate we are going and how we are treating the planet, we won’t have long to go before we destroy everything. Planet earth can not long sustain our our current lifestyle, actions or non-actions, and if we keep going, there won’t be anything left.
That’s why more than ever today, we all need to pitch in and do our part to help planet earth by changing our ways to adopt a sustainable lifestyle.
There are a lot of ways you could help out, and it’s easy to get overwhelm on where to start but don’t fret, we are here to give some easy hacks to help you get started.
10 Easy Hacks To A More Sustainable Lifestyle
1.Drink tap water
The easiest thing you can do right now is start drinking tap water as it’s cheaper and more environmental friendly then buying bottled water. Yeah, bottles can be recycled but with less bottles there’s less waste.
2. Adopt a vegetarian diet
Now if you don’t know that becoming vegetarian is better for the planet, then maybe you should check out Cowspiracy by Kip Anderson. Cowspiracy is a groundbreaking documentary investigating the devastating impact animal agriculture has on the environment. It clearly shows how adopting a vegetarian or even better, a plant-based vegan diet is better for you and the planet.
3. Recycle and re-use your waste
Where ever you can, recycle any recyclable material like paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and so on. I know it’s easier just to throw everything in 1 bin but it’s not good for the planet. When you organise your bins so it’s easy to separate you waste then it’s easy to do your bit and recycle your waste. At the same time, any rubbish that could be reused like glass jars or bottles, could just as easily be re-used and re-purposed to make a cookie jar or in our case “The Swear Jar”.
4. Grow your own veggies and herbs
This is something we love. Grow you own herbs and veggies. Not only do you save money but you can guarantee that your veggies are organic and free of any nasty pesticides or fertilizers. With the prices of organic fruits and veggies on the rise, growing your own will help with a healthier lifestyle that is sustainable to both you and the planet. For info on how you can start your own veggie patch, check out our blog on how to setup an organic garden at home.
5. Setup a compost heap
Now if you’re living in an inner city where space is limited, then maybe check with the building you live to see if there is a designated area for a compost heap. If you’re living outside in suburbia, there’s no reason why you couldn’t set an area for compost. Let me know if you would like some info on how to setup a compost heap and I’ve be happy to share it in a future blog.
6. Try to use water during off-peak hours
This is a biggie, for a while now we got our off peak times wrong so wasted a lot of money and energy. Off peak is usually after 9pm and before 7am. This includes, showering, doing the laundry, dishes and watering the garden. Now I know that might seem daunting, like how the hell? But you can easily set up a system to do all this. For example, setting up an irrigation system for garden set with a timer, easy!
7. Avoid chemicals cleaning products
We’ve long switched to organic cleaning products. Not only is it better for your own health, family health, it’s better for the environment. Check out our blog to help you with making to switch to using organic cleaning products here.
8. Use Public transport, carpool, cycle or walk
This is easy and has a huge positive impact on our carbon footprint. By catching public transport, cycling or walking, we massively reduce carbon emissions. Look, I know, a lot of people hate public transport, I used to as well, but knowing that it helps the planet in someway makes it easy.
9. Stop using plastic bag and use Eco-friendly bags
Stop using plastic bags. Plastic bags are the worse things ever. Most plastics bags these days are not recyclable and end up in our water system and pollute our beaches. There are so many alternative material, like hemp bags, reusable hessian bags, recycled PET, etc. Check out more an article on alternatives to plastic bags here.
10. Switch off unused electrical appliances
This is something you might think, why? I’ve turned the TV off, it’s not going to waste electricity, but in actual fact it does. Ok, Well not a great deal but if everyone switched off all electrical appliances from the power source, we’d save a lot of electricity and reduce our carbon footprint.
This list is not exhaustive but I hope it’s provided a place for you to start adopting a more sustainable lifestyle.
Creating a more sustainable lifestyle doesn’t have to be hard. It will be better for you because most times if something is sustainable, it’s better for you health and the health of your family.
Try these out and if you have some easy hacks or tips, please share it with us in the comments below.