Tips On How To Live Sustainably

Hello! Emily here again. In our lives, I know that it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. Quite frankly, the world we live in has taught us that it doesn’t matter what we use or how we use it. A lot of people I know waste valuable resources without a second thought. I want to educate people about some ways to live sustainability. But first, what is living sustainability? Sustainable living is living a lifestyle that causes the least about of environmental harm and uses the least amount of resources possible for one to survive. Since I’ve been trying to change how I live to help make this earth greener, here are some tips to live more sustainability!

  1. Recycle. There is so much wasted products just because people either do not recycle or do not know how to properly recycle. Here’s a quick list of things that can always be recycled; Aluminum cans, steel cans, newspaper, magazines and slick inserts, corrugated cardboard, paper and paperboard, plastics, and glass. Look up specifics for your local area.
  2. Reuse. In our everyday lives, there are products that can be used multiples times. You can reuse plastic bags, twist ties, envelopes, newspaper, cardboard, bubble wrap, jars, paper, etc. There are so many items that one can find a new use for, such as recyclable arts and crafts. The possibilities are endless.

Reuse

  1. Use plastic take-out containers instead of buying Tupperware. There bound to be some nights where you just don’t want to cook. One those nights you order take out, keep the plastic containers! You can wash them and reuse them to store your leftovers in. Not only does this save the environment, this also saves you money.

TakeoutContainer

  1. Buy a reusable water bottle instead of using plastic water bottles. This saves so much plastic. Plastic is non degradable, which means it never goes away. You can even buy a reusable water bottle with a filter in it if you want to drink filtered water.

Waterbottle

  1. Ride your bike or walk somewhere instead of driving. Maybe even public transportation! About 75% of carbon monoxide pollution in the U.S. is from cars. Try to reduce that!
  2. Unplug your appliances after use. Even if you are not using the appliance, electricity is still running through it when it’s plugged in. Reduce the waste of electricity and always unplug your appliances if you’re not using them.
  3. Don’t constantly have your heat or air conditioning running. If you’re leaving your house, turn off the heat or air conditioning. You can open your windows on a cooler day in the summer and bundle up more in the winer. Also, Set your thermostat to 68° F in the winter and 71° F in the summer.
  4. Use LED light bulbs instead of fluorescent light bulbs. LED bulbs prevent electricity waste when compared to fluorescent light bulbs.

Lightbulb

  1. Line dry your cloths instead of drying them in a drier. Why use electricity when you can use the resources outside to do the same thing? The heat and wind from outdoors can just as easily dry your cloths like a drier.
  2. Take shorter showers and don’t let the water run when you’re brushing your teeth. An average household uses about 300 gallons of water a day. By reducing the water used, there will be less water wasted in our everyday lives.

Stopwaterwaste

  1. Print on both sides of the paper! This reduces paper waste! In the U.S., each person uses about 749 pounds of paper in a year. Always use both sides of the paper.
  2. Buy locally rather than from grocery stores. If you buy locally, you can discuss how your food was grown. See if they used pesticides or non organics products. Most industry grocery stores are packed full of GMOs and other harmful chemicals.

Buylocal

  1. Try growing your own food. One way to appreciate the food you eat even more is by growing it. You watch your hard work blossom into something so great and makes you want to continue to do better.
  2. Resell or donate things you don’t want. There are millions of cloths manufactured each day around the world while cloths that people don’t want are just being thrown out. Some people can’t afford new clothing while others are wasting it. This gives people with less money opportunity for new clothing.
  3. Think about composting! If you are really interested in this, follow this web link here to easily learn the how-to’s of composting! http://www.bbg.org/gardening/composting?gclid=CKuphYbsj8YCFQuFaQod1hsAcA

Compost

  1. Use environmentally friendly cleaning alternatives instead of harmful chemical products. Water and vinegar mixed together is a great alternative to harmful cleaning product. One cup of water to one cup of white vinegar is a great window and floor cleaning alternative.
  2. Donate food before it goes bad. Don’t let food go to waste! 1 in 6 Americans are starving everyday. If you have a party or get together with a large amount of food leftover afterwards, donate it to your local shelter or volunteer center. They will be more than happy to take the food to feed the homeless.

Donate

  1. Email documents instead of delivering hardcopies. Easily reduces paper waste. If a hardcopy is not needed, someone can just open the document on his or her computer to read and trees are saved in the process.
  2. Don’t eat meat once a week. Raising cattle puts a lot of strain on the environment. If you don’t eat meat at least once a week, one less animal will have to be slaughtered and replaced!
  3. Pass this message on! If you were educated on living sustainability while reading this, why not pass it on to educate someone else? One of the leading reasons for people not living a more sustainable life is because people just simply do not know how to. So help the earth and pass on some of these tips!

Passiton

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy some simple tips to make this earth a greener place to live! Until next time.

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