How to Live More Sustainably…
Sustainable living is the practice of reducing your demand on natural resources by making sure that you replace what you use to the best of your ability. Sometimes that can mean not choosing to consume a product that is made using practices that don’t promote sustainability. Other times it means changing how you do things so that you start becoming more of an active part of the cycle of life.
Regardless of whether you’ve decided to go green to help the environment, to save money, or just see how easy it is, every step you take towards a sustainable lifestyle is one that helps us all.
Living more sustainably doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive, though the environmentally friendly decisions you make can actually save you money.
Here are a few tips on HOW to live a sustainable lifestyle in your home:
1. Less electricity consumption. One of the easiest ways to be more sustainable in your daily routine is to reduce your consumption of household energy. Turn off the lights and air conditioning when you leave the room and add in dimmer switches so you can control how bright the light is. Unplug (or switch off the sockets) appliances such as the TV when not in use. These account for a significant portion of your bills and taking these steps will help lower them considerably!
2. Prepare food mindfully. Preparing food at home can help you prevent waste. When cooking at home, be mindful of how much you make and save any leftovers. Seek to reduce the amount of waste you produce and compost certain foods such as vegetables and fruit. Not only will this help create a natural fertiliser and keep your garden green, it will also reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and there will not be a build-up of methane gas.
3. Grow your own fruit and veg. Growing your own vegetables isn’t just a good way to save money, it’s also a great way to cut down your carbon footprint and be eco-friendly. Don’t have any outside space? Windowsill boxes are a great way to brighten up your view, filter the air coming into your home and offer plenty of space for herbs and small vegetable patches.
4. Curb your water consumption. Wasting water inflates your water bill, but it also has a much greater negative impact from a sustainability perspective; clean water is a precious resource in many areas. According to the Energy Saving Trust organisation, each household in the UK uses on average around 330 litres each day! 1 Luckily, saving water is pretty simple. Run only full loads through your washing machine and dishwasher. Turn the tap off while you’re brushing your teeth. See if you can trim a couple of minutes off your typical shower, and be sensible when it comes to watering your lawn.
5. Reduce plastic consumption. Plastic never goes away. You can start cutting down on your plastic waste in a few simple steps: use reusable bags when you shop and avoid products made from or packaged in plastic whenever possible. Nikken’s bio-green PiMag® Water Bottle is made from patented BioGreen materials. These materials enable the bottle to completely break down in landfills and compost piles into biomass that nourishes soil and biogas that can be harvested for energy use.2
Another way to reduce plastic consumption is to cut out the shop bought bottled water. Invest in a good water filtration system for your home. Nikken’s PiMag® Waterfall Gravity System can help you and your family contribute to the wellbeing of the environment by drinking filtered water instead of pre-bottled water.
Let’s all live a more sustainable Active Wellness Lifestyle!