10 ways to live more sustainably in 2020
Over the past few years, environmental impact has certainly become a hot button issue. We all want to do our part to ensure a sustainable future for ourselves and the generations after us.
And here’s the thing – it doesn’t have to be hard work or a huge lifestyle transformation. It doesn’t have to mean living without luxuries either but rather being aware of your resource consumption and making small changes to reduce waste and live more sustainably every day.
Here are our simple tips for a more sustainable 2020 and beyond.
A powerful way to live more sustainably is to buy your food locally. When you buy local, you reduce your environmental impact because you help cut down on transportation, congestion, and pollution. Not to mention you’ll get the warm fuzzies from supporting local businesses in your area.
Choosing to eat what’s in season helps support more sustainable farmers, and you’ll get fresher food too! As an added bonus you’ll know that your food hasn’t been sitting around in a warehouse somewhere.
Stop buying bottled water
Bottled water uses fossil fuels in both production and transport, and then to add insult to injury plastic bottles end up in landfills. Instead, get a reusable water bottle (there are plenty of cool ones out there) and fill it from the tap.
Resell and donate items
Donate or resell clothing and household bits you no longer need to extend the life of the item. You’ll be helping to reduce dependence on disposable or cheaply made single-use products that end up in landfills. Go you!
Use your car less
You can help cut down on air pollution and reduce your carbon footprint. It doesn’t even take that much effort, plus you get to spend more time outside! So walk, bike or take public transport whenever possible.
Wash your clothes in cold water
Ninety percent of the energy your washing machine uses is for heating the water, so using cold water to wash your clothes, makes a huge difference in energy efficiency.
Beware of packaging
Especially Styrofoam and plastic. Why? Because they aren’t sustainable and are heavily polluting materials.
Dispose with disposables
When you make a purchase, think about the item’s life expectancy: How long can it be used? Will it have more than one use? Will it end up in the bin when you’re done with it?
Think about investing in reusable products for the items you throw away the most.
Reduce your energy use
Here are some simple ways to reduce your household energy use:
- Turn off appliances and lights that you’re not using.
- Replace old appliances with energy-efficient ones.
- Set your heating lower than usual in the winter and bundle up.
- Hang clothes to dry instead of using the tumble dryer.
- Replace light bulbs with energy-saving ones
Save the trees! We need trees to make oxygen, which means we need to stop wasting paper.
Here are some easy ways to cut back on needless paper use:
- Receive and pay your bills electronically.
- Use your computer, tablet or phone to take notes instead of using a notepad.
- Use e-tickets for things like airlines, concerts and cinema dates.
- Ask for electronic receipts when shopping (lots of stores now have this option).
- Only print when there is no other alternative.
So, there you have it, our top ten tips for living more sustainably in 2020. You can check out all the ways that we’ve committed to sustainability in the shop here.