14 ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle

14 ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle

Find out everything you need to know about sustainable living.

People are starting to come around to the idea that we need to become more sustainable to protect the Earth for future generations.

Everything you do in your day-to-day life has an impact on the planet, from the food you eat to the car you drive.

This doesn't mean you should only eat vegetables and start riding a bike everywhere. Although, you could try consuming less meat and only driving when necessary.

It's small changes like these that could help you to lessen your environmental impact. 

What is sustainable living?

Sustainable living involves reducing the amount of Earth's resources that you use to help protect it.

There are a several ways you can do this, including limiting the amount of energy you use, using eco-friendly products and changing your diet – but we'll talk more about that later!

In a nutshell, to live a sustainable lifestyle you should try to have as little of an impact on the Earth as possible, while also trying to replace the resources you do use.

Why is living sustainably important?

At the moment, we are producing resources, using energy and creating waste at a rate that isn't sustainable.

This leads to environmental issues, such as pollution and climate change, which cause harm to the environment, wildlife and humans.

By making some small changes to your lifestyle, you can reduce your carbon footprint and help to tackle these issues.

How to live a more sustainable lifestyle

If you want to live a more sustainable lifestyle but don’t know how, try following some of these tips: 

1. Save energy 

By using less energy, you can help to reduce carbon emissions. There are a number of ways you can save energy at home, including switching off standby appliances, turning your heating down and hanging clothes to dry instead of using a drier.

Try following these energy-saving tips to reduce the amount of gas and electricity you use.

2. Eat less meat 

The production of meat is one of the biggest contributors to climate change and the pollution of landscapes and waterways. By eating less of it, you can help to reduce the impact the meat industry has on the Earth. 

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Save energy
Reusable water bottles
Use reusable alternatives

3. Use reusable alternatives

Single-use products, particularly plastic ones, tend to end up in landfill and the ocean, causing harm to wildlife and the environment. Prevent this by choosing to use reusable and eco-friendly alternatives instead.

Check out this list of eco-friendly alternatives for products you use every day for some ideas.

4. Go paperless

To avoid wasting paper, choose to receive letters over email and only print off documents if necessary. You could also ask shops send your receipt over email instead of printing it off.  

5. Use renewable energy

If possible, consider powering your home using renewable energy to reduce your carbon emissions. Replacing your petrol or diesel-fuelled car with an electric one would also help to achieve this.  

6. Recycle and reuse

Make sure you’re recycling by putting your rubbish in the correct bins. Also, try to reuse products and items as many times as possible before binning them to reduce waste. 

Here’s a list of household items you would usually throw away but can be reused again and again.

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Use renewable energy
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Grow your own produce

7. Grow your own produce

By growing your own fruit and vegetables, you can ensure you’re not using pesticides that will contribute to water and air pollution. This will also help to reduce the amount of fossil fuel used to transport produce to supermarkets.

Use this vegetable growing guide to start growing crops in your garden.

8. Donate unused items

If you don’t use a product or wear a piece of clothing anymore, give it to a charity shop or someone you know would make use of it to help reduce waste.

9. Save water

You can save water in and around your home by making a number of small changes. Try installing a water butt and making use of grey water to avoid wasting drinking water.

See our water-saving page for advice on how to use less water in your home and garden.

10. Buy fair trade products

When a product has been Fairtrade certified it means it has been produced by a company committed to sustainable production. Keep an eye out for the Fairtrade mark on the packaging of products you buy.

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Save water
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Drive less

11. Drive less

Walk or ride a bike to your destination instead of driving if it’s close enough – it’s better for the environment and your health. Using public transport is another good way to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

12. Don't waste food

If you have leftovers, don’t throw them away. Save them for your lunch or tea the next day, or even freeze them. However, if they do go off, use them to create compost for you garden.

Learn how to make the most out of your food waste by following this composting guide.

13. Wear sustainable clothing

The fashion industry is one of the main polluting industries in the world. To lessen the impact this industry has on the planet, you could buy more of your clothes from charity shops and sustainable clothing outlets.

14. Use eco-friendly cleaning products

Some cleaning products contain chemicals that can be harmful to the environment. By committing to using green/eco-friendly cleaning products, you can help to prevent these chemicals from harming the Earth.

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Wear sustainable clothing

Written by

Tom Thomson

Junior Content Writer

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