5 Simple Ways to Live More Sustainably

February 23, 2020

1. Eat Less Meat.

Reducing your meat consumption is one of the most efficient ways to reduce your carbon footprint. I recently came across an infographic stating that going one year without paper saves 8.5 trees, but going one year without beef saves 3,432 trees. 

Because I have been a vegetarian for around three and half years, to me the idea of eating less meat seems relatively easy, however I know that for the vast majority of people it might pose a challenge. Reducing your meat consumption does not have to be a drastic and immediate change, however. You can start of by simply having "meatless Mondays" and encouraging your friends and family to do so as well. In addition to saving the planet, by eating less meat you will also be seriously benefiting your body and personal health.

I highly recommend doing your own research to learn more about the huge impact that reducing your consumption of meat can have on the environment as well as your own health.

National Geographic: Eating Less Meat has 'Dire' Consequences for the Planet, Says Report
Eating Less Meat Essential to Curb Climate Change, Says Report

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2. BYOB: Bring Your Own Bags.

An act as simple as bringing your own bags to the grocery store can seriously help to cut down on single use plastic bags if enough people participate. To make sure you never forget to bring your own bags to the store, keep a couple of spare ones in your car.

If you do forget to bring your bags with you due to an impromptu shopping trip and are only purchasing a couple of small items that can either fit in your purse or you can carry, remember that you can always ask the cashier not to bag your goods.

3. Curb Your Consumer Desires.

This tip is very multifaceted and includes a variety of sustainability tips all related to consumerism. Curbing your consumer desires means thinking twice before making a purchase and asking yourself, Do I really need this? It means buying higher quality items that will last longer instead of the cheaper, less environmentally friendly goods that constitute "fast fashion." It means donating clothes as opposed to simply tossing them in the trash and not being afraid to purchase from thrift or consignment stores. 

In addition to helping the environment, curbing your consumer desires will also benefit you personally by reducing your spending and establishing a healthier and more balanced relationship with money.

4. Brushing Your Teeth? Turn Off the Water.

I wanted to include another very simple tip to show that living more sustainably does mean that you have to partake in some sort of radical or extreme lifestyle. Rather, it can be as simple as having an awareness of your own impact on the environment, adjusting certain behaviors and habits, and adapting to new methods of living that are more eco friendly. 

One habit you can change is simply turning off the faucet when you are brushing your teeth and do not need the water. In addition, be mindful of other areas of your daily living where you use water (in the bathroom or in the kitchen) and consider ways in which you can reduce your usage.

5. Stay Educated & Share Your Knowledge.

Staying informed and educated and sharing your knowledge with others is one of the most powerful methods of living sustainably, because the more people who are on board, the greater the benefits are for the environment. 

I recently discovered a very impactful quote by Costa Rican Diplomat Christiana Figueres posted by CNN Climate. Figueres stated that "historically, social change comes about when 3.5% of the population is pressing for it, and that's amazing because we always think you need 100% of people and you don't." 

1 comment

  1. Hey, great advice ... for things we are not always thinking about. TY