5 Hacks to Lead a More Sustainable Life

Planet earth is the only home we know, the small blue planet is the only known planet (so far) to be able to harvest life, and our actions have jeopardized our lovely planet’s health. 

Thankfully, every day, more and more people are looking for ways to make their lives more sustainable. What does this mean? Change daily actions to more environmentally-friendly ones that have a less toxic impact on our planet.

The way we lived 10, 20, or 40 years ago is obsolete regarding the environment. We are now seeing the effects of our actions on our planet, which is why by adopting these hacks, you’ll help our planet heal. 

Reduce your plastic consumption

Plastic is a part of our daily routine, from the toothpaste that comes in a plastic container to the water that we drink that comes in plastic bottles. 

According to this National Geographic article, globally, more than a million plastic bottles are sold every minute. This means 1 million plastic bottles become trash in a time-lapse of around 5 minutes, and which will take 450 years to degrade completely.

The solution rests on our actions which can have a massive impact as a society. Reduce consumption of beverages in plastic bottles; switch to a jerry bottle! It’s not only healthier for the planet but healthier for your health as well. Plastic bottles have BPA, a toxic compound that can severally affect your health. 

Using a jerry bottle will also motivate you to prepare healthier drinks, avoiding sodas or sugar-filled process juices. Make the switch!

Choose eco-friendly cleaning products

Our daily routines are filled with toxic chemicals that are hazardous for the planet and our health. Even the cleaning products that we use come in plastic containers and are filled with compounds that we can’t even pronounce. 

You can easily make your cleaning products are home with basic supplies found in every household and which are environmentally friendly and better for your health and your loved ones, including your pet. 

Save water

We know our planet as the blue planet because of its color from space; our large oceans, which constitute 71% of the world’s surface, are what give our planet its refreshing color. Unfortunately, only 3% of the world’s water is freshwater, which means that we need to take better care of this precious resource that is becoming globally scars. 

The average American uses 88 gallons of water per day, way above other people in other parts of the world. 

You can implement changes in your daily routine to save water, such as watering your plants and garden at nighttime to avoid water evaporation. Use a glass of water for teeth-brushing, change your faucets for water-saving ones, and many other hacks that can significantly reduce your water consumption and water waste. 

Opt for quality instead of quantity

Western civilization has indeed characterized itself for consumption, we have more things than we know what to do with them, resulting in a lot of waste. Nowadays, we’re more characterized for fast-everything, fast food, fast fashion, and fast production of goods, resulting in lower quality of many of the items we purchase.

You don’t need 100 sweaters, 100 pairs of shoes, or 100 smartphones; you need high-quality products that are timeless and high-quality. Fashion trends exist to make you spend money, instead opt for timeless, high-quality products that you feel proud of owning.  

Eat more greens and less meat

You don’t have to go vegetarian if it’s not what you want, but changing your diet for one higher in fruits and veggies and lower in meat products can significantly benefit your health, waist, and planet. 

According to this article on The Guardian, 80% of farmland is used for livestock, while only producing 18% of food calories and 37% of protein. 

This means that a lot of that farmland is used to produce grains to feed cattle! Not humans!

We make many choices that have reactions in the world around us; making a change is about choices. We make choices every day when we choose what to eat, what to drink, where to drink from, what to buy, how we clean, and many other things. 

Moving in the direction of sustainable living can bring significant benefits to our planet and the life in it, choose wisely. 

Witten by Dirce Guerra.

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