Sustainable living is the need of the hour. Now, more than ever before is a stark need for everyone to make changes to their lifestyle to be a better friend to the environment. If you think that climate change and degrading environment changes don’t affect you, then think again. Remember, everyone who lives in this world relies on the resources of Mother Nature. It’s just a few small changes that can make a lot of difference if executed well. Here are a few simple things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.
Evaluate and Reconsider Your Food Choices
- Stick to fruits and vegetables. The fresher they are, the lower your carbon footprint. Carbon footprint continues to rise as food is cultivated, harvested, stored, processed and manufactured into something else. Just as the carbon footprint rises, the nutritional value of the food reduces. Eat fresh to stay fresh, not just from a health perspective, but from the perspectives of emissions too.
- Reduce the amount of livestock and dairy you consume. A lot of us love the meat, livestock rearing for the process of meat and dairy consumption contributes a staggering 14.5% to the manmade emissions of greenhouse gases. If you don’t want to give up the meat completely, consider reducing consumption. From a nutritional perspective, there are many substitutes that will give you the necessary nutrition.
- Buy local and get it in bulk. Multiple trips to the grocery store mean more emissions in transportation and storage. Another great trick is to use your own containers and bags. Ditch the plastic bag and get a bag to keep the veggies or glass jar to store the grains.
- Reduce wastage of food as much as possible. Plan meals beforehand and make only as much as you’re likely to need. If you’ve made too much, don’t throw it. Freeze it or reuse it.
Smart Fashion and Clothing Choices
- When shopping for your wardrobe, forget what’s trendy and adapt to the classics. Fast fashion is one of the largest contributors to waste. The more clothes you have, the less you are likely to use them well, which means you’re probably spending a lot of money and resources on things you probably won’t use a lot.
- When you wash your clothes, use cold water. More resources are used for heating up the water. Further, the detergent actually works better in cold water.
- Recycle and upcycle. If your shirt has a small rip or hole, you don’t HAVE to throw it away. You can cover up the rip with a patch or an iron-on sticker. If not that, there are plenty of tutorials on using old clothes to make daily use household stuff!
Smarter Home Choices
- Audit the energy usage of your home and see where you can reduce it. Switching off the extra light may seem like a small thing on a day. But add it up for every day and you’ll find yourself saving nature and your wallet!
- Use low-flow showerheads and taps. Water is scarce and getting more is tough. So why not use just as much as we need? No one likes a waster.
- Skip the car for those short distances. A short walk or bike ride will help nature and your cardiovascular function.
- Carpool as much as possible.
- Running errands, club them up as much as possible and save yourself the fuel and the carbon!
Being a friend of nature is a lot easier than you may think. Global temperatures are rising exponentially, and there’s no dearth of evidence to prove that. Waste management systems are crumbling under the rising amount of waste and diminishing modes of optimally disposing of them. At a time like this, every measure by every person counts. So what measures do you take? Who are you helping?