Take A More Sustainable Approach To Life

Living a sustainable lifestyle isn’t about selling everything you own or sacrificing beloved items, it is about recognising and acknowledging that our habits and practices have an impact on the environment. And making that impact a positive rather than negative one. 

Sustainable living promotes conservation and preservation, and this can be adapted for individuals; whether you learn about and practice proper recycling,  save water by taking shorter showers or simply plant a veggie garden, these are all ways to begin a sustainable life path. By reducing your impact on the environment, you will be making helpful changes to your mental state and to the earth.

For inspiring ideas on how to begin your path to a more sustainable future keep reading and follow the simple steps to help you stick to your new-found path.

Remember, small changes can make a big impact- take the plunge today and begin the switch over to a more sustainable and earth-friendly lifestyle.

Steps towards sustainability:

Step 1:

Declutter: Ensure that everything you own is used enough to warrant having it. If it is not serving you or your family it may be time to pass it on, donate or up-cycle it into something new and exciting. When it comes to clothing, the rule of thumb is if you haven't worn it in 12 months the chances of you wearing it again are very low. By donating to your local charity, you are doing the earth and those who are less fortunate a favour. If your items are old and worn make them into cleaning cloths that you can wash and reuse. Old socks are great to make pet toys out of, tie knots in them for hours of endless fun.

"By implementing simple sustainable practices, you will feel an increasing sense of satisfaction in your life"

Step 2:

Learn how to recycle - properly: By this stage in the 21st Century you would assume that everyone knows what you can and can't recycle, but there are still people who do not recycle properly. With 51% of our rubbish going into the recycling bin, we all need to ensure we are putting things in there that can be recycled.

Check out this list of items that can be recycled, you may be surprised;

  • Hard plastics and takeaway containers and berry punnets
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic soap, shampoo or dish-washing liquid bottles
  • Aerosol cans and pet food tins
  • Brochures- yes even the glossy ones, and envelopes with plastic on them

Step 3:

Share: By sharing your new-found passion for caring about the earth with others, you will promote and encourage a greater level of change. Encourage your workplace to follow suit. This may be with an increased regimentation in recycling practices, re-using containers or bottles or simply keeping a pile of scrap paper that can be used again for note taking.

Step 4:

Be cleaning savvy: Use eco-friendly cleaning products and biodegradable items such as keep cups. Ecostore, Abode and Eko-Worx are some popular brands that have the right idea when it comes to sustainable practices and cleaning. They all include natural products and non-harmful chemicals that allow you to ensure your house is clean and free of earth-damaging substances.

Homemade cleaning product ideas: Vinegar, baking soda, lemon and hot water, add some essential oils for a clean and fresh smell. Mix these into a spray bottle and clean kitchen benches, sinks and in the bathroom. These are safe for the environment and reduce the number of plastics you are bringing into your home. Think of the money saved too!

Step 5:

Swap when you shop: In declining the plastic bag at the grocery store you are saving the ocean and its creatures from pollution and death. It is no wonder that plastic bags are polluting our shores when the average one is only used for around 12 minutes. What a waste. By swapping to reusable bags, you are not only saving the environment but also creating a nicer space in your home without the clutter of plastic bags. Reusable bags are a great investment that can be kept rolled up in your handbag or the boot of your car for convenience. Make them part of your shopping routine and begin the journey of a plastic-free future. Bin liners can pose an issue, but one way to rectify this is to begin eating a cleaner diet.

Through eating a diet with lots of fruits and vegetables you can easily compost the scraps, create a worm farm or simply empty them into a paper bag (ensure it’s a recycled one) and dispose of daily.  Use a newspaper to wrap smelly items in and remember to wash out your bins regularly if you are going to eliminate the bin liner from your house and feel better about your newly chosen sustainable ways.

A pleasant note for a pleasant future:

A recent study has shown that by simply implementing these steps into your life, whether it be using reusable bags, not buying plastic disposable items or recycling diligently, you will feel an increasing sense of satisfaction in your life, self and inner wellbeing. Through treating the earth with respect and kindness, we become better people.