Some people are convinced that in order to live sustainably it is necessary to live in a tent and live a very simple life. Of course this is one of the most sustainable lifestyles, but it is not realistic for most people in today’s world. There are a lot of small things you can change to make your current life more sustainable, we’ve compiled a list of 10 tips for a more sustainable lifestyle.
TIP 1: MAKE MORE USE OF LOCAL PRODUCTS
It is of course delicious to be able to consume products from all over the world. But there is also a big disadvantage to this, these products are transported from the producer to the consumer. The further the products have to travel, the more impact this has on the environment. So go for a local product in the supermarket, not only do you support local producers, but you also save a lot of exhaust fumes.
TIP 2: THRIFT SHOPPING
In recent years there has been a growing increase in so-called fast-fashion chains. These will release their new collection at least 2 times a year, but some even more often. Furthermore, these clothes are often cheap for consumers, but this is at the expense of nature. For example, 10% of man’s total carbon footprint is due to the fashion industry. By buying second hand / vintage clothing, the damage to the environment is not aggravated. Of course, I’m not telling you to just walk in second-hand clothing, but some garments like flannel shirts, a leather jacket or jeans are very good second-hand.
TIP 3: NOT READY TO EAT ALL VEGETARIAN?
Try to eat meat-free at least 1 or 2 days a week, this will save you a lot of resources. Research from worldwildlife.org has shown that 1 kilo of flour costs about 750 liters of water and 1 kilo of beef costs about 100,000 liters of water, this is a huge difference.
TIP 4: MAKE YOUR OWN DETERGENT!
Own detergent? Yes that’s right, you can make your own detergent in a very easy way. Homemade detergent contains only natural ingredients and is better for your clothes, your skin and the environment. Also, the homemade detergent is much cheaper than the detergent from the supermarket, but just as effective! Curious about a recipe for homemade detergent? Then click here!
TIP 5: SEPARATING, DIVIDING AND SEPARATING
Waste separation ensures that the waste can be processed correctly. For example, recyclable materials can be reused when making new products. Residual waste is generally incinerated, which results in CO2 emissions. So if you separate waste, less waste will be incinerated, so there is less CO2 emission and the effect of this in turn has a positive influence on the greenhouse effect.
TIP 6: BUY ONE (OR MORE) PLANT(S) FOR HOME
It is common knowledge that plants are good for us, but buying plants for in the house brings many advantages. For example, plants can reduce stress, provide clean air in the house, help against allergies and can even positively influence your sleep. Enough reasons to quickly buy a plant for your home.
TIP 7: PAY ATTENTION TO THE TEMPERATURE OF THE THERMOSTAT
Try to keep the thermostat between 18-20 degrees in winter. Although it may be tempting to set the thermostat a few degrees warmer. Each degree warmer than 20 degrees will cause 7% more gas consumption and thus 7% more damage to the environment.
TIP 8: AVOID WASTING FOOD
In the Netherlands an average of 34 kilograms of food is wasted per person per year. That’s huge and costs a lot of money. So if you’re looking for a way to spend less money on groceries, invest time in learning how to combat food waste. Curious about ways you can combat food wastage, take a look at the tips from the Milieu Centraal.
TIP 9: AVOID THE USE OF DISPOSABLE PRODUCTS
Tip 9 to live more sustainably is to avoid disposable products such as: plastic bottles, plastic bags, coffee cups and straws. Instead of these products, choose a product that you can use more than once. For example, a metal straw has the life span of 540 plastic straws and a coffee mug or reusable cup can replace about 500 disposable coffee cups.
TIP 10: SWITCH TO A WATER-SAVING SHOWER HEAD
In the Netherlands our hot water consumption consists for about 80% of showering. So there can be made considerable savings on the consumption of the current shower head. This is not only positive for nature, but also saves your wallet. If you are curious which of the water saving shower head suits you best, take a look at a comparison here!
These were the 10 Tips for a more sustainable lifestyle. We hope that some of them are applicable to you, because the fight against the climate crisis can only be done together.
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