When it comes to daily life, we often act in the present and have little regard for the future along with the health of our planet. The reality of the situation is that we are polluting and damaging the Earth at a record rate and are currently showing no signs of slowing down. While it might not affect us in a few years if we continue at this pace our future generations are going to run into serious environmental issues. What is the solution to all of this?
Experts encourage people to look at their lifestyle and come up with some sustainable living ideas. While the difference one person makes in the world is minuscule, several billion people can make a huge difference. The best part about this is that you don’t even need to make major changes in your lifestyle to help out. Here are some sustainable living tips and tricks from the experts.
Patronize Thrift Stores
Our biggest problem as consumers is that we are always looking for the latest fashion trends and we have to have them right away. As soon as something goes out of style, we are quick to dump it, forget about it, and move on to something new. This leads to a ton of waste, especially with clothes as there are a ton of outfits that we have that just sit in our closets. What can we do to change this?
Why not look towards thrifting to help out and make a difference. Thrifting is the act of going to stores that repurpose used goods and sell them at a much lower price. Yes, they have been slightly used, but these products are all restored and are in great condition when they are resold. The amount of money that you can save is also incredible as these items sell for much less than they normally would. Thrifting does not mean you are stuck with cheap items either. There are plenty of expensive name brands that make their way to a thrift store.
If you aren’t one to thrift, you can still make a difference in creating a sustainable lifestyle. If you have clothing and outfits that you don’t wear, instead of having it sit around, why not donate it to a thrift store where someone else can use it. The more repurposed goods we have circulating the market, the less of a demand we will have for manufacturing. Overall this can lead to creating a more sustainable lifestyle for people around the world.
Reduce Water Waste
Plenty of us are guilty of turning on the shower several minutes early to give it time to warm up or leaving the tap running while we are brushing our teeth. Simply put, if you want to create a more sustainable lifestyle, you should be reducing the amount of water that you waste every day. When you are not using water, simply turn it off and then turn it back when you need to use it again.
You can also make a difference with water waste when it comes to washing clothes. You should look to wash as many clothes as possible with one load. This not only reduces the number of times you will do laundry a week, but will also cut down on the amount of water that you are wasting.
Plastic is the biggest concern when it comes to sustainability for the Earth. The problem with plastic is that it does not degrade at all, and ends up polluting the Earth for a large amount of time. To add to that, plastic is one of the cheapest and easiest materials to mass-produce, making it a staple for companies that are looking to save some money. The biggest problem we’re facing right now is plastics in the ocean. These plastics either get tangled up in fish or other animals or mistaken for food and eaten. In either of these circumstances, it can lead to a loss of ocean life. To avoid plastic, look to buy products that use recyclable goods, and avoid things like plastic straws and instead use metal. These small differences can help in creating a sustainable lifestyle.
These are all ways in which you can go about improving your lifestyle while also improving the Earth. You will have to make some sacrifices, but they are for the better. Working towards a healthy and sustainable lifestyle is something we should all be doing if we want to improve the world for the future. How do you plan on making a difference in your daily life?