Five Simple Ways to Live More Sustainably
Sustainability, eco-friendly, going green, carbon footprint—back in the day it was simply, “Reduce, reuse, recycle!” So what do all these new terms mean? While it might mean something different to everyone, living a sustainable lifestyle means living in a way that will allow us to replenish the resources we use without endangering earth’s natural systems. To put it simply, it means acting in a way that’s good for the environment in the long term! Regardless of our knowledge of the nitty-gritty of environmental issues, we all have heard that we are facing an environmental crisis that we must act on. For many of us, the weight of having to save the environment is extremely intimidating! But the Tidy Spaces team is here to assure you that living sustainably isn’t as scary as it seems. In fact, there are many small changes we can make in our daily lives that will help you contribute to saving our planet. Keep reading for our five favorite simple ways to live life more sustainably!
- Ditch plastic
We produce over 300 million tons of plastic a year, worldwide. The problem with plastic is that is does not decompose, or break down, and winds up in our oceans, endangering the lives of sea animals. By swapping out plastic items for reusable replacements, we can reduce the amount of plastic waste in our environment. We can do this by remembering to bring
reusable bags to the grocery store instead of accepting plastic bags. This is an easy thing to forget when you’re rushing to buy food for the week, so store them in your trunk so you’ll always be prepared! Other ways to ditch plastic include usingreusable water bottles (which are far more fashionable than plastic bottles, plus they’re insulated, keeping your water nice and cold!), carrying metal straws with you on the go, and cooking at home more often, to avoid the use of takeout plastics!
- Go paperless
Still have bills being sent to you in the mail? With modern technology and all of our devices, we can easily make paper bills a thing of the past. Next time you go through your mail, switch to a paperless option and access your bills via email! An easy change that will reduce the amount of paper going to waste! And it will help keep your counters clear of mail, making your home more neat and organized!
- Wash your clothes in cold water
Most of the energy used by washing machines comes from heating the water. Unless you’re trying to wash out a stubborn stain, most clothes don’t actually need to be washed in hot water. Keeping your washing machine on a cold setting will reduce carbon emissions. Similarly, air drying your clothes is a great option as well!
- Buy second hand
For all of our shopaholics out there, you probably know that thrifting is great for your wallet, but did you know its great for the environment too? Buying clothes from secondhand shops extends the lifespan of the clothes, keeping it out of landfills for longer. Additionally, the more clothes are recycled, the less water is gone to waste in the clothing manufacturing industry. So next time you have the urge to buy a new dress, checkout your local secondhand stores! Don’t forget to donate your old clothes as well so nothing goes to waste!
- Switch out your lightbulbs
Lightbulbs are a simple, inexpensive way to save the environment! Swap out incandescent bulbs for LED ones. LED light bulbs use 75% less electricity than the traditional ones, making them a far more eco-friendly option. They are a great investment, as they last longer, saving you money long-term, and many of them change colors and even connect to an app on your phone so you can control the lights from anywhere, and you can always make sure you’ve switched them off when you’re not around!
Living a more sustainable lifestyle doesn’t have to be an entire transformation. Taking small steps towards being more eco-friendly is all it takes! It’s important for us to all do our part in saving the planet—remember that a little goes a long way! Below are some more resources to learn some more ways you can continue to reduce, reuse, and recycle! And remember that the Tidy Spaces team is alway here to help you with anything you need!