5 Ways to Live More Sustainably

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Climate change is not just an important issue of our time, but we are also at a defining moment in history. Weather patterns are changing drastically with time causing a rise in sea levels, and catastrophic floods across the planet. All countries could take drastic actions to avoid irrevocable damage to major ecosystems in the future.

But what about individuals? What can we do to pitch in and help save our planet? There are various things you can include in your daily life to help reduce your carbon footprint and leave a gentler effect on the environment. Taking care of the Earth isn’t just a duty, it is an inevitability. In that spirit, Extramarks recommends seven things you can practice regularly to help save Mother Earth, because we don’t have an option of Planet B, folks!

  1. Go Plastic Free

About 40% of the world’s ocean surfaces are covered with plastic waste resulting in the killing of thousands of marine animals by either getting tangled in or ingesting it. Even if you try hard, plastic never goes away! But at least we can minimise the usage of it in a few simple steps: ditch single-use water bottles, straws, bags, and carry reusable bags when you shop.

  1. Pay Attention to Labels

There are various companies out there who are dedicated to sustainable production, right from coffee to clothing. Buy organic food whenever possible; it may cost a little more, but it keeps harmful pesticides out of our land and water, thereby protecting farm workers, and your family.

  1. Drive Less, Drive Green

Changing your driving habits by using public transport, carpooling, walking and cycling are some of the ways to reduce greenhouse gases. Combine errands to make fewer trips because even a single car off the road will make a difference. Walking to nearby places will not only help you in getting some good cardio but also, it saves on gas and parking expenses too!

  1. Green Your Home

Do you know that having greenery around can boost your mood? Yep, that’s right! Plants can help clean and purify the air inside your home which is great for everyone. If you are a black thumb, opt for plants like Succulents which are easy to care for, but are easy to kill if you over water them.

  1. Switch to LEDs

Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) are great but even they are hard to dispose of as they contain mercury. It’s time to replace all your old bulbs with LED bulbs (if you haven’t already) as they are super energy-saving and have more efficient lighting. They last for a really long time when compared to CFLs or other bulbs.

  1. 3R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” may feel passé today, yet it’s just as important as when the phrase was first created. Each item we buy has an environmental impression, from the materials used to make it to the pollution produced during manufacturing to the packaging that winds up in landfills. Thus, before you purchase, ask yourself whether you need it or not. If you do, search for minimal packaging and shipping.

  1. Conserve Water

Do you believe that little things can make a huge difference? Every time you turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, you’re saving a lot of water. You might be dripping 340 litres (90 gallons) from your leaking faucet every day, so if you have any, fix it!

Like anything delightful in life, these practices require patience, and commitment. Moving towards a more careful and sustainable world will require a lot of consistent effort, compassion, and effort with ourselves as well as other people as we change our habits. We will slip a couple of times while rolling out these changes, however, then we can get back up and readjust ourselves to the “wise idea, activity, and exertion.”