How to live sustainably?
Spring has finally arrived here!
Warm sunshine, blue sky and fresh air.
Flowers are blooming and popping up in the garden, parks and on roadsides.
Spring is the time when my mood and motivation are going up!
So I decided to rethink my lifestyle to live a life more sustainably.
Living sustainably is not about giving up what you love or enjoy. It’s about making better choices in your everyday life.
It doesn’t matter big or small. The choices you make will affect and reduce the impact on our environment, climate change and other species.
I came up with many ideas but here are 5 simple choices that you can easily do without spending lots of time and effort.
1. GO PLASTIC FREE
So by just simply avoiding single use plastic cups, containers, straws, cutlery and bags, you can make a big difference.
Usually these items are used only for 10 to 20 minutes, but the impact on our environment will last thousands of years causing harm to wildlife, wildlife habitat and possibly even to our health.
Saying no to single use plastic at the shops, cafes or restaurants and using your own reusable items is important for a greener future.
2. REDUCE YOUR FOOD WASTE
Over 5 million tonnes of food ends up in landfill, which is enough to fill 9,000 Olympic sized swimming pools.
Especially, when you think about 8 million people in the world do not have enough food to live a healthy life, that’s a huge amount of food waste, isn’t it?
Food that is thrown into landfill releases methane, a greenhouse gas heating up our planet gradually.
Eliminating global food waste would save 4.4 million tonnes of CO2 per year, the equivalent of taking one in four cars off the road.
To avoid food ending up as waste, it’s important to
3. REDUCE PAPER USE
Australia’s paper usage per person is 223kg.
The World Count statistics shows that in the US, Japan, and Europe an average person uses between 250 and 300kg every year.
About 90% of paper comes from trees.
So to reduce the impact on forests and save trees, using less paper would seem to be a better idea, just like below:
4. REDUCE HOUSEHOLD ENERGY USE
To meet the world’s energy demands, burning off fossil fuels like coal and gas is the cheapest form of creating energy.
In fact, 80% of the world energy comes from fossil fuel, but it emits greenhouse gas and leads to increased global warming as well as contributing to air pollution.
At the same time, fossil fuels are a limited resource and will run out one day in the future.
So to save the energy use, you can do following:
5. GROW YOUR OWN FOOD ORGANICALLY
Simply plant a few seeds in your garden, yard or in a container on your windowsill and you can get delicious, healthy, convenient and inexpensive food.
It doesn’t harm the soil by using harmful chemicals which is good for you and the environment.
Each of us has the power to make a difference. Our choices together will help to create a better future and more sustainable world.
I hope you find my ideas helpful in your journey to more eco-friendly lifestyle.
See you in the next post!