Climate change, massive carbon footprints, melting ice caps, rising sea levels, heat waves and increasing landfills are all very real issues. Knowingly or unknowingly most of us make small, seemingly harmless choices in our everyday lives without understanding the impact they have on the environment. Add to this depletion of natural resources and the environmental impact is extensive and practically irreversible. Every day, we are running out of essential resources. The choices we make lead to insurmountable amounts of waste polluting the oceans and growing landfills. If you have finally gotten around to understanding that sustainable living is the only way forward, here’s saluting you!
Most people would believe that it’s inconvenient, expensive and requires too much effort to live a greener and happier life. But the truth is that it takes just a few small steps to live more mindfully. Here are 8 easy ways all of us can live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
This one is the easiest and perhaps the most obvious way we can reduce the impact we have on mother nature. We must save water, and it’s the easiest thing you can do. If you thought that this was a global concern, one that would never affect a country that receives abundant rainfall in most parts, please read up on India’s water crisis. It is proof that this IS a global issue that requires our attention, immediately.
Here are a few ways you can save water every day:
Learn the art of recycling and upcycling things. A simple Google search will yield you thousands of ways you can recycle absolutely anything you lay your hands on. Old clothes, rugs, bottles, appliances, everything can be upcycled into something meaningful. Buy things only when absolutely necessary, adopt a minimalistic approach in life. It’s proven to improve every aspect of your life!
Plastic pollution and increasing landfills of single-use trash are two of the biggest global problems we currently face. We have accumulated way more garbage than we know what to do with and invariably this plastic pollution lands up in our oceans threatening marine life. This is a problem that we can all eliminate, one small change at a time. Here’s how:
Have a small garden installed in your backyard or balcony and grow your own veggies. Even if you can’t grow too much, grow your own herbs. Every single plant has the potential to purify the air we breathe.
These simple tips can save you thousands of rupees on your monthly electric bill and reduce your energy output.
Whenever you can afford to or have the choice to always pick sustainable fashion over fast fashion. It might be harder and more expensive, but learn to invest in quality pieces that will last you for years rather than cheap 3-4 time use clothing. It’s going to help declutter your home and your life. Most of us have the tendency to hoard on things because they’re cheap. I recommend you watch some of Marie Kondo and recycle and donate the things that no longer spark joy in your life. Support and invest your money into brands that are more conscious of their footprints.
Do you know how many trees are in that one sheet of paper? Think twice before you take that print out, do you really need it? It’s very simple for all of us to live a paperless life in this digital age. We’re all glued to our phones anyway so why not cut out the paper?
If you live in India, chances are you will roll your eyes at this point. But we’re getting there. The condition of our public transport is improving a little every single day. Give it a shot.