Tips For Sustainable Living
Throughout our time on earth, humans have unfortunately damaged our surrounding environment, not only affecting life for future generations, but also the animals and plants belonging to that area. This, in turn, effects the survival of the planet and how it can function.
There are many small, but important, things you can do in your day-to-day life which will reduce our negative impact on the planet. These may positively contribute towards the environment but are also economically beneficial and can save you money as well. They may not be the most significant changes we could make, but if more of us try them, it may have a more positive impact.
If you are curious to discover more, read through our tips on things you can do to improve sustainability while at home and outside of your house as well as learning how simple tips can benefit of our beaches!
Sustainable Tips At Home
Turn Off Lights
One of the most straightforward tips is to make sure you keep electricity to a minimum and ensure anything that is not in use, such as a light when you leave a room, is turned off.
Talking About Lights, Choose LED Light Bulbs
LED lights are the light bulb solution we should be considering more. They are estimated to use 75% less energy than traditional light bulbs. Only around 5% of the energy of an LED light is lost to heat. They are also predicted to last 35% times longer.
If you don’t already, take recycling a bit more seriously. Make sure you wash out any old food pots before you put them in your recycling bin. Hopefully, over time, we will see landfills reducing in growth as more items are recycled.
Again, you may be familiar with this tip. Whether a shower uses less water than a bath will depend on a majority of factors including how efficient the shower head is, the size of the bathtub and how much you fill up the tub.
However, in general, a shower uses less water than a bath. Ideally, your showers should be five to eight minutes in length. Naturally, the quicker the shower, the better it is for the environment, but still, ensure you are clean!
Improve How You Manage Your Food
Instead of throwing your leftover food away as rubbish, there are a few steps you can take to ensue you do not create any unnecessary waste.
Don’t Serve More Than You Can Eat
Firstly, when you are serving up, make sure your eyes aren’t bigger than your belly! Try to predict how much food you will actually eat as you put it on the plate. Remember, you can always return for more after you have finished!
This can also apply to food you order, such as takeaway or delivery!
Put leftovers in a tub and place in the fridge for the next day. Alternatively, freeze it if you think you will prefer to eat it later on. By doing this, you will save not only food but also money!
Anything you do not want to save, put it as compost instead of in the bin.
Sustainable Tips Outside Your Home
Improve Your Shopping Habits
Plan Plan Plan!
Planning your weekly shop could improve how much money you spend, wastage and sustainability.
By deciding what meals you want and creating a detailed list of ingredients for the week before arriving at the shop, you are less likely to buy items for the sake of buying them. Not only does this help you financially by sticking to a budget, but it also creates less unnecessary waste by purchasing more food than necessary.
Have Your Own Bags at the Ready
Plastic bags are a massive no when thinking sustainably, so try to make sure you always have some of your own at the ready to use when necessary.
Seek Out Charity and Vintage Shops
There are many ethical reasons why charity shops should be used more frequently.
By shopping at charity shops, you are participating in eco-fashion. Instead of buying new goods, you are re-using old ones. Not only is re-using beneficial for the environment, but it also demonstrates that customers are accepting social responsibility by financially helping causes which are aimed at creating an equal environment for everyone.
Keep it Local
Shopping local is encouraged firstly because it supports local economy. Secondly, it also reduces the likelihood of delivery lorries travelling longer distances.
Take Your Own Cup or Bottle With You
If you love to have tea or coffee while on the move, invest in a re-useable cup to take on the go. Not only does it reduce waste, but you may also be rewarded by some coffee shops for your thoughtfulness towards the environment with a slightly reduced price.
Same for water bottles. Avoid buying plastic water bottles, and instead have a refillable bottle with you wherever you go. Again, it will save you money, and it is also in the best interests of the environment.
Items you no longer use can be donated to charity shops instead of being thrown away. You could give anything from old clothes, furniture, games, books and jewellery.
Sustainable Tips for the Beach
Like us, we are sure you appreciate the beach considerably. We know that looking after our beaches and oceans is integral to the overall health of the planet.
There are some little things you can do to ensure you are thinking ahead in the best interests of the world and our oceans. For more information, you can find some helpful advice to keep your beach clean in our other blog post.
Say No to Single Use Plastic
Surfers Against Sewage are an incredible charity that works to ensure we are educated and proactive in looking after our beaches. They estimate that the death of a seabird or marine mammal happens every 30 seconds as a consequence of plastic pollution.
Therefore, one of the main ways we can look after our coast is to minimalise, and eventually remove, our use of single use plastic to prevent it from entering the ocean.
Preferably, you want to ensure items you buy do not include single use plastic when you shop. This could consist of unnecessary food packaging, using clingfilm, or plastic straws in restaurants, for example.
There are plenty of alternatives available which will save you money in the long run as you do not have to replace them at each use.
Take Rubbish From the Beach
Only leave your footprints behind!
Beach cleans are at the epicentre of creating a healthy beach environment. Surfers Against Sewage organise group beach cleans throughout the country, which you can join. You can also do this on your own every time you visit the coast. Always make sure you collect any rubbish you may have accumulated when leaving the area.
On the note of removing items from the beach, it also important to ensure that these items are rubbish and nothing more.
Try not to remove any items that animals may be inhabiting or could potentially use. Some places in the world, such as Hawaii, have strict laws on what you can take from the beach. The removal of sand from the shoreline is even banned.
Do you have any tips for living sustainably that you would like to share? If so, we would love to hear from you! Why not let us know on our social media channels?
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