The past year and a half haven’t been easy. We’ve been living under various lockdowns and curbs and have been kept away from nature. However, we have also watched it blossom in our absence. This period has taught us an important lesson of valuing natural resources more than ever. They are limited and should be conserved so all living things can benefit from them through the present and onto the future. Everything we do—from the food we eat to the car we drive—has an impact on the planet. However, this doesn’t mean we ride a bicycle to work every day (many agree it’s a great idea).
It is important to know that small changes in our daily habits can make a big difference when it comes to protecting our planet. This is where adopting a sustainable lifestyle comes into the picture. According to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), “Sustainable living means understanding how our lifestyle choices impact the world around us and finding ways for everyone to live better and lighter.”
It all comes down to understanding how we can reduce and replenish our usage of natural resources. Doing so will help us curb environmental issues such as pollution, climate change and also help protect wildlife. Here are some tips that can help you adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle.
Reduce, reuse and recycle
Adopting a sustainable lifestyle starts with cultivating habits that can help you get the most benefits from products while generating minimum waste. The first step towards this is to reduce the waste at the source. For instance, stop buying food items that you don’t need. This way, you won’t waste it.
Secondly, reuse a product more than once as not everything that is broken or old should be disposed of immediately. Painting instead of buying a new cupboard will not only save money but also lessen the environmental impact.
Thirdly, start recycling. Using things in different ways instead of disposing of them will prevent waste from being sent to landfills.
Bid adieu to plastic
Using plastic in our daily lives is very convenient. Just about everything is made of plastic. But this non-biodegradable material does more damage to the environment than one can imagine. Every year, thousands of marine mammals and turtles and one million sea birds are killed by marine plastic pollution. So, if you want to live sustainably, cut down on your plastic usage.
Start by ditching single-use water bottles, bags and straws. Avoid using products made from or packaged in plastic whenever possible. This is one of the most important steps toward creating a sustainable lifestyle.