In a bid to prevent climate change and work towards a more eco-friendly future, many of us are starting to consider how we can live more sustainably. If you’re one of those who are looking to make small changes that will bring lasting impact to our environment, here are eight simple ways you can get started.
1. Throw away your rubbish properly
On top of our list is one of the easiest steps you can take for a more eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle. Ensure you separate your rubbish accurately and dispose of it properly. Take some time to learn which items are recyclable and which are not for better waste management. Remember that it’s important not to put broken glass in your recycling bin as it can contaminate the other items and make them unable to be recycled. Plus, it can potentially harm those who will collect your rubbish if left unlabeled. Lastly, if you see pieces of rubbish lying around, don’t hesitate to pick them up and throw it in the nearest bin.
2. Take public transport or walk
You can reduce your carbon footprint significantly just by taking public transport and leaving your car at home. You can also opt for a walk or ride a bike if you’re going to places near you. The rationale here is simple: fewer vehicles on the road means fewer air pollutants. Plus, you’ll be able to take a break from driving. A quick walk or bike ride will also help you stay active. If taking your car with you is unavoidable, you can also consider organising a carpool with your neighbours and colleagues.
3. Eat well and avoid food waste
Based on a study done by University of Oxford researchers, you can reduce your carbon footprint by up to 73% by simply cutting meat and dairy products from your diet. However, it’s understandable that cutting out meat and dairy isn't for everyone. Instead you could opt to reduce your meat intake on certain days. You can also help the environment by making sure that you buy and cook just enough food for your meals to avoid food waste which usually ends up in landfills, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.
4. Buy essential things only
Have you ever experienced going to the shopping centre or supermarket with just one product in mind but ended up buying more? Remember that just because an item looks good doesn’t mean you should buy it right away. Sometimes, the products of our impulsive decisions end up being unused and thrown away. So before you shop, make sure that you have a list of items needed and stick to it.
5. Reduce plastic use
You've probably heard by now that in order to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle, you need to reduce your plastic use. This is because it usually takes a lot of resources to produce them and since they are non-biodegradable, they end up in landfills for a long time.
To reduce the use of plastics, you might want to consider using reusable mugs and tumblers instead of disposable plastic cups and water bottles. If you’re going to buy groceries or shopping, consider using cloth washable tote bags instead of plastic bags.
While it is not easy to completely refrain from using plastics, you can always put them to good use by recycling them. Instead of throwing plastic bottles immediately, turn them into coin banks, plant bottles, and more. You can also make lanterns and other artworks from straws and plastic bags.
At Canningvale, we have introduced the Tribu Collection as part of our commitment to sustainability. This collection includes rugs, baskets and cushions and the Morocco & Timbre Rugs, all of which have been crafted from a yarn made from recycled plastic water bottles.
7. Go for reusable and durable materials
Instead of buying single-use and disposable products, choose reusable alternatives for your home. For example, have cloth and washable towels for drying your hands in the kitchen instead of using paper towels or tissue. You can also consider using re-usable wax food covers instead of plastic food storage bags or start investing in glass Tupperware as plastic is thrown away more quickly. Aside from being eco-friendly, glass is more hygienic as well so it’s a win for you and the environment.
Buying durable homewares could also greatly help reduce waste. Don’t buy into fast fashion. Choose good quality linen, bedding, clothes and even gadgets and furniture that will last for years and won’t end up in the landfills immediately. This way, you will not only help the environment but save yourself some money too.
8. Encourage your circle of influence to do the same
Small changes when done collectively can leave a great impact. Go and educate your circle of influence on how to live sustainably and you’ll be in awe at how each of you can take part in caring for the environment. Remember, there’s no need to do a big overhaul of your lifestyle, take it one step at a time.
At Canningvale, we do our part to care for our environment by using making eco-friendly changes in our sourcing, products, packaging and our day to day operations. Head over to our sustainability page to learn more and to discover environment-friendly products for you.
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