Climate change is a radical problem that not one single person can solve alone. However, if we all as individuals were willing to make small sustainable changes then as a whole, the impact would be enormous.
To live more sustainably doesn’t mean that you have to quit your job and go live in a shack off grid.
But by implementing just a few small changes, you can contribute to being part of the solution.
Here are 10 small ways you can live more sustainably.
Eat Less Meat and Dairy
You don’t have to become a vegan (unless you want to) but cutting back on animal products can help you live a more sustainable life. A lot of resources are used to produce those animal products – just one gallon of milk needs 2000 gallons of water due to the amount of feed that the cow needs.
Consuming less animal product not only reduces your impact, but may find yourself generally healthier and less needing of healthcare resources.
Ditch the Bottled Water
Depending on where you are in the world, you might not be able to… but if you live somewhere that you can filter the tap water and drink it, then do this.
Not only will you save money on buying bottled water but you won’t be contributing to the plastic problem either.
Switch off and unplug appliances
Even if the appliance isn’t in use, if it’s plugged in it can still be using electricity.
Unplugging them when not in use will save you a little money on your electricity bill and will also help to cut back on the demand for fossil fuel created power resources.
A great way to reduce car use and commuting costs is to car pool. You might be able to grab a lift with a colleague who lives in your area.
Failing that, there are a number of websites you can sign up to to find people making a similar journey to you.
Use Public Transport
If you live in a large town or city, chances are your public transport links will be pretty good. Why not ditch the car and get the bus to work instead? Not only could this save you money (fuel, wear and tear on your car) but it will be one less car on the road and you won’t be contributing to the pollution problem as much.
Take the Stairs
Elevators and escalators use a lot of energy to run and the fact is, they make us lazy too!
Get some extra steps in, increase your heart rate and climb the stairs instead. Save energy AND squeeze a little more exercise into your everyday.
Turn off the Tap
One of the most common ways we waste water is by leaving the water running when we are brushing our teeth.
Make a conscious effort to only have the water on when you need it to rinse your brush.
This will significantly reduce your water consumption and could save you money off your bill too.
Try Energy Saving Lightbulbs
Conventional light bulbs waste around 95% of the power that they use. New LED light bulbs are more expensive to buy and also far more energy efficient. They also last much longer – some as much as 25 years depending on how much you use them.
Some things we just have to buy new but there are others where a good second-hand option can be more cost-effective.
By shopping second hand you are saving an item from landfill and saving money too.
If you have something you no longer need consider offering it to someone else before you take it to landfill.
Get a Manual Lawnmower
Need to cut your grass? Try using a hand push reel lawnmower.
They don’t use any power and they also tend to have a longer life than the alternatives.
Avid gardeners might even argue that a traditional manual lawnmower is better than a modern electric or fuel powered one!
These are just 10 examples of ways you can live a sustainable life and cut back on the resources that you use.
If everyone tried to put just one of these tips into action, the difference on the planet would be huge.
So which one could you start with?