10 Steps To Be More Sustainable
Are you a sustainable person?
Today, we are going to talk about sustainable practices!
We’ve already discussed sustainable choices and learned with some great examples of amazing people.
Now, it’s time to make your own better choices
I prepared a list with the best sustainable practices to help you start. At the end of the text, you can also download a pocket checklist to control your evolution!
1- Do I really need this?
This is the master question you must ask yourself before making any decision.
We are so used to buy the same things every day that we forget to think about it. Do this thing really worth my attention or money? Is there a better option to solve my problem or desire?
Nowadays, buying has become something banal and unconscious. We fill empty spaces with things we don’t need, like a book we will never read, clothes we will never wear or even an unhealthy food that we will regret later.
It’s time to start being a conscious consumer.
2- Reduce time and consumption
The basics of any guide about sustainable practices
Save our natural resources. Use the sunlight. Turn off the unnecessary lights and electronics.
Use less water as possible. Buy better products that will last longer.
Your economies will be better and the environment will be thankful.
3- DIY and reutilize
Have you ever seen those genial tutorials about upcycling and DIY?
The internet is full of amazing people to teach whatever you want to know!
Even better if you can create something new from old stuff you would throw away.
In my opinion, this is the funniest sustainable practice ever.
Search on Pinterest, Youtube, or visit some awesome blogs about it. Reinvent, reimagine, do it yourself!
4- Smart Transportation
People talk a lot about transportation, but it is still a problem. People are too lazy to turn the corner by foot.
Start to walk or take your old bike to ride, it’s great for your health and to discover new places.
If your city is not bike-friendly, find a new solution: take the bus, ask for a ride, offer a ride to someone, optimize your trips (go home only after you go to all the places you need).
5- Recycle and compost
Recycling is an old sustainable practice, but even today there are a lot of cities and places where people don’t recycle.
This is a shame! If you produce trash, the very least you can do is recycle it.
If your city doesn’t recycle, ask them why and help to change it.
If you have a garden, it’s useful. If you don’t, you can give the fertilizer result to someone.
6- Avoid plastic
There is no lack of researchers about the bad side of plastics.
Take this amazing girl as an example, she decided to ban the plastic of her life.
If she can do it, we can at least reduce our plastic footprint.
Here are some tips: try not to buy water bottles, say “no” to new plastic bags, avoid industrial products with too much packaging, find good and economic places to buy in bulk.
7- Change your eating habits
Ok, I know this is a sentimental topic. People don’t like to change food habits.
The meat and dairy industry is very cruel to the animals, harmful to the environment, increases your chance to have diseases and it contributes to the lack of food and water.
Changing to a vegetarian diet allows you:
- to be more creative;
- to discover new tastes and colors;
- to prove new and delicious food;
- to reduce your chances of diseases, especially cancer;
- to change the world, much more than any sustainable practices mentioned here.
It is surprising.
Start by reducing. Choose a day in the week to be meat and dairy free.
And please, don’t ever throw food away. Find a way to cook vegetable stalks. Put less food on your plate and then repeat it if you like.
8- Choose your brands with responsibility
I know you love to spend your money on beautiful, delicious and exciting things. Even better if those things are cheap, right?
What if your precious money is contributing to cruelty, exploration, unsafe situations, pollution and environment degradation?
Is it worth to give your money to companies that are profiting huge amounts of money by doing awful things to people and the environment?
Have in mind they don’t deserve your attention at all, the cooler they could be.
You have to play detective to find out how the companies work. Who are their suppliers? What are they doing to preserve the environment? Are they paying good salaries to their staffs and treating them well?
Start by questioning your favorite brands. Send an email asking about their production. They will realize their clients worry.
If they don’t change, you will. Simply stop buying from bad companies.
9- Buy local and organic
When you buy from a small business, you are helping them grow fairly.
These companies are closer to their consumers, you can talk directly to the owner. So, it is easy to control them.
Local and organic business are awesome. When you buy organic, you are not just making a good choice for your health. You are also banning pesticides industries that are destroying the environment and causing diseases to workers and rural families.
10- Buy, sell, change or donate used stuff
Do you know that the trash of someone can be the luxury of other? I’m talking about non-literal trash, things you don’t use anymore.
Make a cleaning in your closet:
- Things in good shape: sell for a friendly price, change with someone. – you help people save money and avoid bad brands to make a profit.
- Things not too good to sell: donate them. I’m sure there are a lot of people who will be thankful.
- Destroyed stuff: try to find it another use, upcycle or recycle it.
Buy used stuff. They are cheaper and are usually in great shape!
Did you see? It’s not a big deal to do some changes. Don’t feel unmotivated if someone tells you are not doing enough. Or if some hypocritical say it won’t change anything. Every action help. Think about the future.
To finish, I prepared a gift for you! It’s a checklist for you to follow your progress!
Thanks for your changes. They count!
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