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It’s easy to live a more sustainable lifestyle

7th March 2021 Print
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An increasing number of people are trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle as they realize that planet Earth’s resources are finite and the ecosystem is fragile. 

Living a sustainable lifestyle is all about making subtle but meaningful changes. You don’t have to make drastic changes overnight if you don’t want to. That’s why it’s easy to live a more sustainable lifestyle with the following steps.  

1. Use Less Plastic

Plastic is everywhere in and outside our homes. The world produces nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year. Much of this plastic pollutes our oceans and hurts our sea life. It’s estimated that almost 40% of all fish have plastic. Alarmingly, this number is rising. 

Not only does plastic take too long to degrade, but it leeches toxins into our food, beverages, and the environment. These toxins can result in all kinds of health issues. 

Using less plastic doesn’t mean that you throw out every plastic item in your room. On the contrary, you must try to use them for as long as possible. Instead, avoid buying plastic items in the future. For example, you can use stainless steel or paper straws instead of plastic ones. Or you can carry a reusable bag with you to the grocery store instead of buying plastic bags.

2. Reclaim Items

Living a sustainable lifestyle doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style. For example, consider buying furniture made of reclaimed wood instead of mass-market furniture. Remember, significant energy is used to produce mass-market furniture. Toxic chemicals are released, and much of the furniture ends up in the landfill, never to be used again.  

When buying furniture, invest in more sustainable options like reclaimed lumber. Reclaimed wood is processed wood that’s salvaged from its original use and reused. While reclaimed wood can require a more considerable investment than cheap furniture, it's eco-friendly, unique, and gorgeous when bought from the right source.

For example, when you purchase a reclaimed wood dining table or reclaimed wood coffee table, you'll get a classy one-of-a-kind item that fits any aesthetic, elevates any living space, and is the envy of your family and friends. 

A reclaimed wood table isn’t just part of living a more sustainable lifestyle; it’s a conversation starter and the centrepiece of your furniture collection.

3. Choose Sustainable Food

Eat red meat less frequently and try chicken or goat instead. Not only is red meat less healthy for your heart, but it's less eco-friendly. The red meat industry has a large carbon footprint and contributes to climate change. 

You can also try to grow your food in your garden and make a conscious decision to waste less water! 

4. Walk More Often

Instead of driving your car short distances, consider walking more often. Walking is good for your health, the environment and is cheaper! You don't consume any gas when walking. Of course, consuming less gas reduces greenhouse gas emissions. 

These are just some of the ways you can live a more sustainable lifestyle. With some small yet meaningful changes you can reduce your carbon footprint and leave a more habitable planet for future generations. 

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