Everything that we do has an impact on the planet. If we want the world to last for generations to come it’s important that we all do our part to try to help it last.
Understandably hearing the term ‘sustainable lifestyle’ makes some people uncomfortable and they immediately jump to thinking that they’ll have to make drastic changes to their lifestyle that will make them uncomfortable. However, this is not the case at all.
Today I wanted to share some simple ways to start living a more sustainable lifestyle by sharing my best sustainable living tips.
Now, let’s get started.
Swap out simple household items for more eco-friendly versions
One of the easiest ways to start living a more sustainable lifestyle is to swap out simple household items for more eco-friendly versions.
By swapping out simple household items for more eco-friendly versions you’re helping the planet and not disrupting your current lifestyle at all.
Use reusable products
Paper products can be convenient and cut back on the number of dishes that you need to do. However, by using reusable products you’re saving yourself money AND you’re helping the environment.
Instead of using paper plates and plastic silverware for meals invest in some reusable dishes and you can even swap out paper towels for cloth napkins.
Yes, you may have to spend a little more time doing chores each day, but the end goal is doing your small part to help the environment while also freeing up some of your money to reach some of the financial goals that you have in place for yourself.
Cut back on paper consumption
It’s amazing how much paper is wasted each year.
Cutting back on paper consumption is one o the easiest sustainable living ideas that you can implement into your lifestyle immediately.
When shopping in-store, opt for your receipt to be emailed to you instead of printed. Plus, sign up for paperless billing.
While cutting back on paper consumption does help the environment, you’ll also find that you’re able to keep better track of your finances when everything is digital versus you trying to keep up with receipts.
Donate unwanted items
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”!
This saying is something that still holds true today. Therefore, before throwing out things that you don’t want consider donating them to your local thrift store (you’ll get a tax write-off in many cases for doing this) or listing it in your local Buy Nothing Facebook Group.
You were planning to just throw the items away anyways, so why not give someone else the opportunity to utilize it if it’s still usable before sending it off to a landfill somewhere?
Cut back on food waste
Food waste is another big problem in the world.
We’ve all probably been guilty of it at one point or another AND more than likely it wasn’t intentional.
I know before I started meal planning I would just purchase random items with the vague idea that it would be used in a meal only to find out that it’d go bad before I had the chance to make it.
Other times, I’d put leftovers in the fridge and never get to them.
However, by meal planning each week and working leftovers into the meal plan I have been able to cut back on the amount of food that we waste by approximately 85 – 90%.
This is another sustainable practice at home to implement that can allow you to start living a more sustainable lifestyle immediately without too much disruption to your life and it’ll save you time and money.
Conclusion: Living a more sustainable lifestyle doesn’t have to cause you major inconveniences
I’m not going to say that I am the role model for living a sustainable lifestyle. However, I am always looking to improve my lifestyle by implementing sustainable practices at home.
I’ve found that these simple ways were the easiest to implement and while they obviously benefit the environment by making these changes I’ve been able to make my life easier in some ways while also saving myself time and money.
What are some ways that you’ve started living a more sustainable lifestyle?