Livestock production is one of the biggest contributors to climate change, as it produces more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire global transportation sector. Consider reducing the meat in your diet and shifting to plant-forward meals a few days each week. It can have a huge impact on our collective health and the health of the planet.
Most people use a car as their primary mode of transport, and that’s fine! But, considering that about one quarter of our local car journeys are less than two miles, consider whether you could cycle instead. Bicycles are an extremely efficient form of transport. They produce no waste and can improve your physical and mental health.
Some cleaning products contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Consider more eco-friendly brands or make your own solution using citrus, baking soda and vinegar. Natural cleaning products can contribute to a toxin-free environment for you and your family and reduce the chemicals that end up in our oceans, where they can harm marine life.
Local programs like Cans For Kids raise funds for schools and youth organizations through the recycling of aluminium cans, and help normalize a recycling culture. But throwing rubbish into the right bin isn’t the only way to recycle. Try to reassess what’s trash and what can be reused or upcycled to avoid contributing to the local landfill.
A sustainable landscape preserves and protects nature’s balance.Try incorporating plants that grow naturally in our country or region, are best suited to our local weather conditions, and foster habitats that enhance our existing biodiversity. By choosing sustainable design, we participate in the conservation of our local flora and fauna.
Once you throw it away, plastic can be ‘out of sight, out of mind’. However, plastic never disappears. Single-use plastic straws and water bottles tend to end up in the landfill and the ocean, causing harm to animal life and the environment. You can prevent this by choosing glass, paper or metal straws or reusable water bottles.
You don’t have to race out and buy a new electric car, but when it comes to investing in your next big purchase, consider one that uses a renewable energy source. Energy experts agree that electric vehicles create a lower carbon footprint over the course of their lifetime than do vehicles that use traditional internal combustion engines.
Growing your own fruits and vegetables gives you control over the way the food you eat is produced. It also has environmental benefits because you ensure that you’re not using chemicals that contribute to water and air pollution. The food also travels directly from soil to table, thereby reducing the carbon emissions involved in food transportation.
Embracing renewable energy at home can be a meaningful part of sustainable living. But if solar panels are not an option right now, you can start small to reduce your carbon footprint – and save money – by turning off lights upon leaving a room, unplugging devices when not in use, switching to LED bulbs, and choosing energy efficient appliances.
When it comes to sustainable living, investing isn’t the first thing that naturally comes to mind. But socially responsible investing, or SRI, lets your money do good in the world by helping to fund companies and projects that are making a positive social impact on communities.
Letting the faucet run while you’re not actively using the water is a huge waste of resources. Turn the tap off when washing dishes, brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your face. Limit your showers to five minutes or less. Choose a low-flow shower head and turn off the water at intervals when washing your hair.
The next time you’re at the store, look closely at your options and try to avoid items that come in excess packaging. Select unwrapped produce at the grocery store. Buy dry goods in bulk and transfer them to your own reusable containers to reduce disposable packaging. Consider socially conscious cosmetics and fashion brands that produce minimal waste.