Eco living, sustainable living or living sustainably.
Whichever term you’ve heard or are accustom with, they are all synonymous with each other.
And they are increasingly used day-to-day.
But often, the biggest challenge for many comes with the perceived costs or commitments needed for eco living.
However, it needn’t be so, as this terrific guide outlines.
That is why l am very excited this informative guest post by ImpossibilyFrugal.com.
Not only are her sustainability tips easy, but they are FREE to implement straight away.
I’m sure the last will surprise you.
Intro – why sustainable living matters to me
When thinking of eco living, this quote by Richard Rogers has always stuck with me:
“The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved.”
Due to the power of getting everyone involved with a movement.
If you think of some of the greatest movements in history, the change would never have happened if there weren’t enough people converging to make a difference.
Think about women’s suffrage and the civil right movement:
The change happened because people came together and took small steps that created bigger ones.
So, if you’re asking if I put environmentalism and the sustainability movement in that same category, the answer would be yes.
When it comes to sustainability, most of us will say that we want to be better at eco living.
No one wakes up and says,
“I want to be as wasteful as possible today and use up as much of the earth’s natural resources as possible.”
That’s because deep down we all want to make a difference; we just don’t always know-how.
What’s it mean to be sustainable?
According to Merriam-Webster, being sustainable means
“doing what you can to avoid the depletion of the world’s natural resources and maintain an ecological balance.”
It seems like a pretty straightforward thing, but there are still so many people who aren’t getting involved and making changes.
The idea of sustainability and ideas for sustainable living has captured public attention for a while now.
Consumers are increasingly saying that they seek companies and brands that embody sustainability.
Take Pela Case.
They are an example of a company making efforts to support conservation initiatives through its innovative and stylish designs.
Supporting a paramount cause of honey bees, while creating an amazingly stylish case and being completely sustainable too!
I have one. And l love it.
Yet, while it’s important to support businesses and organization that embrace sustainability, not everyone can just spend money to buy new products to follow an eco-friendly lifestyle.
It boils down to:
- people not knowing where to start,
- and what they can do as individuals.
One simply being cost.
Many people think it costs money to do eco living. But there is plenty you can do without spending a dime.
How can we be better at eco living?
Again, you don’t have to spend tons of money to buy new products, deemed ‘more sustainable’ to be impactful.
The definition of sustainable living goes beyond that.
You can help ensure a brighter, more sustainable future simply by being more aware of what you’re doing and how it impacts the environment.
That simple awareness will help drive a change in your behaviour.
An example of this is going on a diet:
- When you start, it requires you to look at food labels more and stay within a certain calorie or carb count
- Once you start thinking about it and realizing how many calories and carbs are in the food you normally eat, it influences the quantity you subsequently eat
The same principle applies to sustainability live as it does to minimalism more broadly explained well by Madeleine Olivia.
Once you start actively thinking about how what you buy and what you do impacts that environment, you are driven to make changes.
Still, now to the list.
1. Use Green Power Sources
Almost every electricity supplier offers green energy plans that are generated by renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.
Unfortunately, not enough people know about this as an option, so they don’t elect to use it.
Usually, it is no more expensive than coal or other natural gas options offered by your carrier but will quickly make your home a place for sustainable living.
Its in the interests of businesses and corporations to be green too.
Check with them to see what options you have and if you might be able to switch to a more sustainable energy source.
2. Turn Down the Thermostat
According to Harvard’s Temperature Policy, the sustainable sweet spot for thermostats is between 19 to 23 degrees Celsius (72 and 73 degrees Fahrenheit).
You may be tempted at times to make it warmer in the winter or colder in the summer but stick to that guideline.
But its really not the rational thing to do.
Because by following those guidelines, not only are you saving energy but saving money on your energy bill.
Say you’re from Australia and thinking ‘how can l do sustainable living Australia’, pursuing this tip will remedy it.
You can always put on some warmer clothes if you’re cold or put on a tank top and some shorts if you’re warm.
(Another easy way to save more energy? Using cool white light bulbs like these).
3. Go Paperless
It’s amazing how much paper we all use on a day-to-day basis.
I used to have little note pads to write down reminders for myself.
Now, I just use the reminders app on my phone!
An ideal places to store ideas for sustainable living too.
When you start analyzing your daily activities it’s easy to pick out ways to eliminate the amount of paper you’re using and paperless alternatives to live a more sustainable life.
4. Reduce Food Waste
There are almost one billion people that go hungry in the world and almost 1/3 of all food produced worldwide is either lost or wasted.
It is just too much!
You can make a big impact on this by simply making sure you’re buying the appropriate amount of food, so nothing goes to waste.
Sustainability live extends everywhere, even in our diets.
Portion sizes at restaurants have increasingly become larger as well.
When eating out at a restaurant, try sharing meals. With such large portions, it’s likely that whatever you don’t finish will go to waste.
So, if you can’t finish it, take the leftovers and eat them the next day at home.
(You can also try composting your own food – its made so easy and efficient with compost bins!)
5. Reuse Items
Instead of throwing away items, you do not use anymore, see if you can repurpose or donate them.
Or what about your own family?
It is likely they will be able to use, wear or apply it depending on what it is and help them start eco living.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and the more that it can be reused, the better! Did you know the average office worker uses over 500 paper cups per year?
Instead of buying bottled drinks or using paper cups, use reusable bottles or cups.
Before you throw something in the trash where it will just end up in a landfill somewhere, see if it is something that can be reused or recycled.
Most of these aren’t hugely hidden ideas, but simply highlight the ideas for sustainable living and be more conscious.
6. Recycle Paper and Plastic
If you get plagued by a ton of junk mail like I do, heck near all of us do… instead of throwing it away – recycle it.
Also, before throwing away the packaging for any food you bought, check first to see if it’s recyclable!
Once I really started looking at things, I couldn’t believe the extent of materials l thought were rubbish were actually recyclable!
Things can seem overwhelming at times. Anxiety-inducing even.
Read more: How to manage eco-anxiety and your wellbeing
Check out this guide on how to tell what the different recycling symbols mean to help you determine if something can be recycled or not.
They quickly help to give you more examples of environmental sustainability.
And it quickly becomes clear how much information is available on the internet, we just need to take the time to find.
7. Walk or Carpool
Walking is not only good for you, but it’s good for the environment too.
Especially with coronavirus outbreak highlighting the need and benefit of walking around nature, walking is something we should all do irrespectively.
Car exhausts release carbon monoxide, which threatens human health, and carbon dioxide, which contributes to global warming.
When you choose to walk instead of drive, you are reducing these emissions and helping to protect the environment.
And you’re doing your own body and mind a favour by immersing yourself in nature.
Therefore, if you are within ‘walking-distance’ to the place you need to go, just walk.
The expression exists for a reason.
And a prime reason how we individually can-do sustainability live, both easily and more frequently.
Final thoughts on eco living
It’s crucial to not just dispose of all of our current products for sustainable alternatives.
That is actually the opposite of being sustainable by wasting.
Read more: How to use Amazon as a zero-waste shop
Be sure to use them up before you buy a sustainable alternative and try out other ways to make an impact.
Your newfound knowledge and perspective will drive you to make better purchasing decisions, not just relating to sustainability, but overall.
It’s simply about being a more mindful and conscious consumer and coming up with ways to make changes in your life that will lead to a more sustainable future.
(Which starts even easier with your own eco-friendly yoga mat.)
Bottom line is there is much to be gained from being a little more informed and acting accordingly:
- First, by actively thinking about what you can do (no matter how small of a step) to help.
- Second, to share those lessons with others and educate them on sustainable living ideas.
We each play a little part in making a big difference in ensuring a more sustainable and brighter future.
Takeaways – its easy to do eco living
And there is it, 7 simple but free sustainability tips for eco living, courtesy of our guest blogger, Mrs. Frugal.
See, they’re absurdly easy tips, right?
If you haven’t done so already, it is imperative, you pay her website: ImpossiblyFrugal.com a visit.
You shall not be disappointed.
Both the quality of her content, but equally, but just how much you learn and come away with.
Similar to this sustainable living blog, she outlines ways to improve your daily lifestyle through simple, practical and informative suggestions.
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What are some of your eco living tips? Do you think we missed any?
Let us know with a comment.