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Some people think that climate change is a joke, and since it really doesn’t affect them directly, people become oblivious to its dangers.

But, if we look at the global weather changes, we would understand that it is leading us to our death. Some calamities that literally shook everyone were wildfires in Greece, earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, Floods in California and Chile, etc.

So, we think it’s about time we take this seriously and start changing from our home because little drops of water make a mighty ocean.

Here are what simple things you can incorporate in your life to ultimately make a significant change.

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1. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The mantra of sustainability, these three Rs form the cornerstone of eco-conscious living. You should reduce consumption, by reusing items and also recycling what you can. By minimizing waste (especially the one that can’t be recycled), you don’t just conserve resources but also energy.

Reduce:

Before making a purchase of anything –for example, deodorant packaging, ask yourself if you truly need it. Reducing the usage is the easiest way to lower the quantity of waste material in the environment. Consider borrowing or renting items you only need occasionally, instead of buying them outright.

Reuse:

Get creative with how you use everyday items. Repurpose round boxes as storage boxes, glass jars as storage containers, turn old clothes into cleaning rags, or donate unwanted items to charity shops. Start upcycling to feel good!

Recycle:

Properly sort and recycle materials like paper, glass, plastic, and aluminum. Many communities offer recycling programs or facilities where you can drop off recyclables. Take advantage of this to ensure that waste reaches its right place.

2. Conserve Energy

Energy conservation not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions but also saves you money on utility bills. Here’s how you can be more energy-efficient (and in case it’s not clear –we are talking about saving electricity).

Turn Off and Unplug:

When not in use, turn off lights, appliances, and electronics. Even when in standby mode, electrical devices consume electricity. Unplug chargers and power strips to eliminate “phantom” energy usage.

Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Machinery:

When it’s time to get new appliances, go for energy-efficient ones with ENERGY STAR ratings. This way, you’ll still perform well but with less energy consumption.

Maximize Use of Natural Light and Ventilation:

Open curtains and windows during the day to let in natural light and warmth. Use fans and natural ventilation instead of air conditioning whenever possible in warmer months. There is nothing better than natural light and air.

3. Choose Products Made Sustainably

Support companies that prioritize sustainability and ethical practices in everything they do. Look for products with eco-friendly certifications and materials, such as:

Organic and Fair Trade:

Choose organic and fair trade-certified products whenever available, whether it’s whole foods like vegetables, personal care item like lip balm tube, or grocery items like bread and juice boxes. Products with a ‘recycle’ and ‘fair-trade certified’ label are made with sustainable practices and also provide good wages to their workers –a win-win situation.

Biodegradable and Renewable Materials:

Seek out products made from biodegradable or renewable materials, such as bamboo, hemp, or recycled materials. These materials degrade quicker than plastic, steel, or glass.

Minimal Packaging:

Choose products with minimal or degradable packaging to reduce waste. Choose items in bulk or refillable containers to minimize packaging waste. For example, if you buy deodorant in steel packaging, you can find an alternative in a paper can, which you can simply put for recycling after you’re done using it.

4. Eat Sensibly

We don’t mean to judge what you should or shouldn’t eat, but we should all (us included) eat and buy food mindfully. Here are some ways to make your diet more sustainable:

Choose Local and Seasonal Foods:

Support local farmers and reduce the greenhouse emissions because of your meals by choosing locally grown and seasonal produce. Visit neighborhood farmers’ markets or join an agriculture program to access fresh, locally grown goodness.

Reduce Food Waste:

Plan meals, store food properly, and use leftovers creatively to minimize food waste—compost food scraps to get rid of organic waste from landfills and instead create nutrient-rich soil for your garden.

5. Embrace Alternative Transportation

Reducing reliance on traditional fuels like petrol and gas is a key aspect of sustainable living. Explore alternative transportation options to lower your carbon emissions:

Walk or Bike:

Walk or take your bike whenever possible instead of driving. Not only does it keep carbon emissions at bay, but it also keeps you fit and healthy.

Use Public Transit:

You must have public transportation in your city so you can travel on it to reduce carbon emissions and noise pollution. This way, there will be fewer vehicles used, which will result in less air pollution.

Consider Getting EVs or Hybrid Cars:

Consider buying untraditional cars like electric or hybrid vehicles if you need a car. As they don’t use the traditional gasoline to power the system –they run on electricity so you can reduce your carbon footprint.  

Conclusion

These are some of the simple practices that can contribute to sustainability. By making it your mission to embrace sustainable practices –you’ll contribute towards a better world where we don’t often get floods, earthquakes, and jungle fires.

Remember, every small step and change adds up to a big thing –be the change starter.

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