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Sustainable living: where to start.

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Can you imagine a life with no earth to stand on? well, let’s be straight, you would not be able to, because without earth there would be no us. In this post, I really want to focus on the benefits of sustainable living and how living a sustainable life can help save our planet.

In the past few years, Global warming has become a greater concern for all of us and has become one of the most talked-about subjects. But are we really talking about it enough?
I believe it is about time that we honestly ask ourselves, are we guilty of not appreciating what we have? the most important thing in our lives, Our planet!

Should we not be taking the time in our lives to appreciate exactly what the world has to offer. that means appreciating the birds tweeting, the flowers growing outside, the trees providing us with oxygen, the materials to create buildings for us to live in, the materials made from natural products… sand, soil, wood, water. All these things that make the world what it is. even down to that magazine, or paper you like to buy from the shop, have you stopped to think what the earth has given to make it possible for it to?

So by being appreciative of what we have, you are actually gaining by thinking about the waste and harm we are causing to our planet. There are so many different ways that you can do small things, towards living sustainably, that in the long run will be saving our planet, So why are we not doing them? Is it just us humans being lazy?

what does it mean to be sustainable?

Sustainability in the last few years as it has become a hot topic absolutely everywhere. Also known as eco friendly lifestyle. I decided to have a look at the oxford dictionary website who says Sustainable means conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources.

The world we currently live in is unsustainable, There is no other way of putting it. There is an extreme imbalance between overexploitation and insecurity all over the world. As a result of this, the environment, local communities and our mental wellbeing are suffering.

So. Sustainable living. What can you do to start living sustainably?

1. Using Reusable metal or paper straws.

Sustainable living gives us the ability to save the future of our planet. Especially by reducing the amount of plastic wastage.
Most venues won’t even supply plastic straws in their bars and restaurants. In fact, they have changed to paper straws. Plastic straws really have damaged our oceans and earth. Like many things, the plastic causes harm to our wildlife.
my vote is on metal/stainless steel reusable straws. Carry these in your handbag for when your out and about.

2. Use travel mugs to buy your coffee.

This is probably one of my most favourite things. I love reusable cups and mugs. Coffee shops such as Starbucks and costa as well as many others even offer you a discount on their beverages for using a reusable mug.

I have also found that by carrying a plastic and reusable bottle is not only helps living sustainably. I drink so much more water! so my hydration has improved so much.

3. Stop throwing out old and unusable clothes and start using these as clothes/rags insted of buying new.

I’m not gonna lie. I wish I had thought of this myself. It was suggested to me by a friend on Facebook and so I tried it. I actually found this brilliant. Saving money on clothes and rags you’d normally get small usage out of. And using old clothes cut up as an alternative. Brilliant.

4. Start purchasing fair-trade labelled, or organic products.

most if not all shops have fair trade and organic options. Coop is well known as one of the major supermarkets who support this.

What is fair trade? Well, it is actually an arrangement designed to help and support the producers in developing countries achieve sustainable and equitable trade relationships. Basically keeping the whole economy going!

5. Replace dryer sheets with reusable tumble balls. OR use a clothesline.

I’m not suggesting that you can’t use your tumble dryer. However, by using a washing line in the summer, and by drying some clothes on a household dryer rack can save so much usage. Which is so much healthier for our beautiful planet.

The Eco egg is absolutely brilliant. Leaving clothes soft and fresh. You can get one, here.

6. Switch to energy-efficient lights.

Sometimes with living sustainably its only small changes, you need to make to help make a difference, Energy-efficient lights not only helps with saving the planet! but they also make a difference in your electric bill! These are awesome.

I recently brought these. Which are so bright and clear. Yet still eco friendly!

Sustainable living green plant on white wooden table
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7. Start using rechargeable batteries.

All those devices you have that need batteries in. Your always having to buy new anyway so why not save yourself money by investing in a rechargeable battery charger!

By having rechargeable batteries your decreasing the wastage you normally create with not needing to dispose of one life batteries.

8. Reuse your carrier bags or switch to long-life bags.

I get it. Sustainable living. But Sometimes you get into a shop and you have completely forgotten to bring your shopper bags with you! Ugh, the frustration because now your wasting money buying carrier bags. And there just mounting up in your cupboard because you know you don’t want to dump them. But you are not really using them again.

Using your own shopper bags isn’t just a savour when it comes to packing your shopping up and ensuring that you don’t lose it as your walking home with a hole in the bag! Cause we’ve all had that happen when you’ve had to rush around picking up the contents from a split carrier. We’re also reducing the amount of waste a carrier makes to our planet.

9. Walk to places where possible, instead of taking the car.

By getting some extra steps in and taking a walk to your local facilities instead of using a car for small journeys keeps you and our planet healthy.

Next time you are considering driving that 5-minute walk journey. Think about the fumes your car is letting out and the higher usage of petrol this trip will make.

10. Buy second hand

Second-hand buying is an amazing way to stop things from heading to the tip that still has life in them.

There Are many ways to find things to buy in second hand ways.

  • eBay
  • Local selling groups and apps
  • Facebook marketplace
  • Gumtree
  • Newspaper ads

11. Choose sustainable living beauty products

All those buds, all those make up wipes. The daily products thrown away from our Beaty routines. You can easily reduce this by using…

12. Learn how to recycle properly

Sometimes getting your head around what you can and can’t recycle had been difficult in the past. But there are so many more products that are being made with recyclable materials that most things actually can be recycled now. Living sustainably is also understanding why it is so important to look after our planet, with such things as recycling.

Always check the packaging and check with your local government website to check their rules.

13. Use washable and reusable where ever possible.

Most shops now supply refills in forms of packaging that make less damage to our environment. such as a coffee in bags, so your not collecting glass jars.

Some shops even supply cereals and other dry foods in a way that you can fill your own reusable containers so there is no wastage from a product.

Could we be doing more? What are your thoughts about living in a sustainable way.

What else can we be doing to save the world a little bit more every day? I would love to hear your thoughts below.

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