Top 4 Ways To Live A Sustainable Lifestyle
Living a sustainable lifestyle is essential for both you and the planet. It can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. There are many simple things that you can do to reduce your environmental impact and live more sustainably. This article will highlight the top four ways to live a sustainable lifestyle.
Ways To Live A Sustainable Lifestyle #1
Consider Your Clothing
The clothing industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. The production of synthetic fabrics releases harmful chemicals into the environment, and the dyes used to colour clothing can also be toxic.
So when shopping for new clothes, look for natural fibres like cotton, linen, or wool. These materials are much better for the environment than synthetic ones. You can also look for clothing made from recycled materials.
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Another way to be more sustainable with your clothing is to buy second hand items. There are many great places to find second hand clothes these days, and you’ll be surprised at the quality of some of the pieces you can find. Not only is buying secondhand better for the environment, but it can also be more economical than buying new!
Further Reading: 70’s Shirts, Today’s Fashion & Sustainable Fashion
Ways To Live A Sustainable Lifestyle #2
Source Your Accessories Sustainably
When it comes to accessories, it’s important to consider the materials they’re made from. For example, many people wear leather belts and bags without giving them much thought. But the truth is that the leather industry is harmful to the environment. Cows raised for their hide produce a lot of methane gas, which contributes to climate change.
So what do you do if the bag or boots, or belt you covet is made from leather? Do you refrain from buying it and go faux-leather? But then that’s synthetic and we already talked about how it contains harmful chemicals.
Sometimes it can be a ‘Catch 22’ situation but our advice is if you want a real leather item make sure it’s a timeless piece that will be worn time and time again – and always go for quality over quantity. And if you’re heartfelt on being a kind as you can to the earth then consider leather alternatives that are actually eco-friendly. Take for example cork fabric – a complete alternative to leather! It’s grown sustainably, wears well and is biodegradable!
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Another example could be that beautiful symbol of love and commitment on your finger! Have your diamonds been sourced sustainably? By researching and reading reviews, you’ll be able to find jewellers that promote sustainability, such as Brilliant Earth. For example, you can read Brilliant Earth reviews online to understand more about what they encourage and promise as a company.
Further Reading: How to Choose an Ethical Diamond Engagement Ring
Ways To Live A Sustainable Lifestyle #3
One of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to shop locally. When you buy from local businesses, you cut down on the amount of transportation that’s required to get the product to you. This means fewer emissions and less pollution. And there’s a good chance that your favourite local companies use more sustainable practices than their larger corporation competitors too!
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So the next time you need to buy something, see if you can find it from a local business. You might be surprised at how many great options there are!
Further Reading: An Independent Irish Art, Design & Interiors Shops Directory
Ways To Live A Sustainable Lifestyle #4
Recycle And Compost
Composting is a great way to reduce your waste and help the environment. When you compost, you’re essentially recycling food waste and turning it into nutrient-rich soil. This soil can then be used to grow more food, which reduces the need for chemical fertilisers. Composting is easy to do at home, and there are many different ways to do it. You can find a method that works best for you and your family.
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You should also consider doing your part in recycling. Many items can be recycled, and it’s important to know what can and can’t be recycled. By recycling, you’re helping reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfills.
According to citizeninformation.ie these are the items that can go into your recycle bin.
“Paper and cardboard: letters, brochures, cardboard boxes (flattened), egg boxes, cardboard centres from toilet roll and kitchen roll, newspapers, ‘Tetra Pak’ cartons for juice or milk
Rigid plastic (washed and dry): plastic drink bottles, plastic cleaning bottles, butter, yoghurt and salad tubs, plastic trays for fruit and vegetables, plastic milk containers, plastic bottles for liquid soap or shampoo
Soft plastic (washed and dry): frozen food bags, bread wrappers, plastic shopping bags, bubble wrap, crisp wrappers, pasta bags, outer wrapping on kitchen and toilet rolls, breakfast cereal bags
Tins and cans (washed and dry): soup cans, pet food cans, drink cans and food cans’
REMEMBER – all items should be clean and dry before you put it into your recycle bin.
Start small and see how you can implement these tips into your life to start living a more sustainable lifestyle!
Further Reading: 20 Simple Life Changes to Help You with Sustainable Living
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