7 Simple Sustainable Living Tips To Save The Planet Right Now

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7 Simple Sustainable Living Tips To Save The Planet Right Now

Sustainable living. You may have seen that term a lot on the internet these days. But what does it really mean?

Simply put, sustainable living is practicing a lifestyle that attempts to reduce your negative global impact to the planet.

For me, living sustainably is making sure the next generation has enough natural resources left to sustain them.

Here's a Cambridge dictionary definition of 'sustainable':

causing little or no damage to the environment and therefore able to continue for a long time.

Is it hard? You'll be surprised how simple it can be. Here are some sustainable living ideas to help you save the planet right now.

7 Simple Sustainable Living Tips to Save the Planet Right Now

1. Turn off and unplug.

Turn off gadgets and appliances when not in use. But that's not enough. Unplug them too! 

Even when idle, plugged electronics still consumes energy. 

According to DOE, 2-10 watts or 6-10% of your appliance consumption comes from electrical items on "standby" mode.

Unplugged appliances even when not in use can also be a fire hazard.

Living sustainably is as simple as turning off the light.

Turn off and unplug

2. Reuse.

Don't throw away that pasta sauce glass container yet. Clean it and use it for keeping items or food. These bottles have usually tight and secured lids perfect for keeping the bugs out.

Go online and watch video tutorials on how to reuse items such as plastic water containers, old clothes, tea bags, candle wax and other used items instead of throwing them away. 

With the information at your fingertips, there's no excuse for not knowing these awesome hacks.

Sustainable Living Tips - Reuse

3. Be a conscious buyer.

Always check the label. See if the ingredients being used are eco-friendly or cruelty-free

When at the grocery store, opt for more sustainable alternatives. Like picking a paper stem cotton buds instead of plastic.

Shopping for clothes? Avoid those that are made from non-biodegradable materials like nylon and polyester. 

Choose more environment-friendly organic cotton or Tencel.

Sustainable Living Tips - Check label

4. Go paperless.

Opt for paperless invitations and notes. 

Thank God for technology, communication and sending information can now be done without printing paper.

Read the news online.

Choose email subscription or paperless receipts.

Sustainable Living Tips - go paperless

5. Plant.

What can be more sustainable than growing plants and trees? 

People may take plants for granted but it gives us more than we can ask for. It provides us sustained supply of food. Numerous plants can also be used as medicine and are good sources of nutrition.

Plus, plants provide cleaner air and a gorgeous view.

Nature is a gift that keeps on giving. Agree?

Sustainable Living Tips - plant

6. Go plant-based.

Speaking of plants, choose plant-based food. 

Plant-based or vegan food is not only healthier for your body but it also rejects violence (no animal harmed!) and is safer for the planet.

If you were to choose between growing your own food and killing a sentient being for a piece of meat which one would you pick? 

If it's down to you to actually wrestle and kill the animal for food, would you really do it?

Lucky us in this day and age because there are companies that produce sustainable products. Recently, healthier meat alternatives are now available in giant food chains and are seeing high increase in revenue.

"In mid-March (peak), sales of plant-based foods were up 90% year-over-year. For the 4 weeks following, plant-based food sales at retail grew 35% faster than total retail food sales." 
-Julie Emmett, Senior Director of retail partnerships at Plant-based Food Association

That's one heck of a grow!

7. Support local, organic, sustainable brands.

Buying locally means lesser shipping costs and carbon footprint.

Let's help organic sustainable brands grow because their products provide us a better option than what's available in the market.

What natural sustainable brands do you support? I personally recommend Human Nature. It's an ethical company with world-class quality. 

Sustainable Living Tips - support organic local brands

Every little thing you do impacts the planet. 

From the food you put on your plate, to the shampoo you use, to your daily small habits like turning off the faucet when not in use, and properly throwing your trash, you make a huge difference.

You can either leave the world a little better than you found it or make it unlivable.

Never think that what you do doesn’t matter. It does. You matter. 

You, dear one, may be a tiny speck in the vast universe, but you can make a powerful change.

The question is, what kind of change are you making?

Be a good earth-steward. Follow sustainable practices. You’ll thank me later. And the planet will thank you right now.

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