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Simple Concrete Practices to Help You Switch to a More Eco-friendly, Sustainable, and Zero Waste Lifestyle Easier!

          There’s often a misplaced barrier to making the lifestyle switch. Most of the time, people think that living green is difficult, not feasible, and would mean having to sacrifice comfort, but that’s not actually the case! You just have to find the green lifestyle that’s most aligned with your intentions, values, and habits.
  1. The Eco-friendly Lifestyle
  • Five (5) Simple Concrete Practices
I. Purchase, use, and dispose of items that cause minimal environmental harm.
II. Cut down on meat to harm less animals and reduce food-related carbon emissions such as greenhouse gas.
III. Check the label, claims, and certifications of a brand or product to make sure it’s really eco-friendly.
IV. Walk more to lessen your carbon footprint. If the destination is too far on foot, then commute or carpool. Find out how big your carbon footprint is by using an environmental footprint calculator such as ​World Wildlife Fund's (WWF)​.
V. Buy and use energy efficient products to conserve on water and electricity.

 

  1. The Sustainable Lifestyle
  • Five (5) Simple Concrete Practices
I. Keep a “zero energy balance” budget, which basically means to counteract whatever you take from the environment with other actions or decisions to achieve “net zero living”. In other words, only take what you can give back to assure what we like to call “eco-librium”.
II. Wear sustainable and ethical. It’s now easier to find brands who upcycle and recycle their fabric. An example would be Satori Revolution​, a swimwear and loungewear brand for women based in Las Vegas, Nevada who makes their pieces from 100% reclaimed fabrics and ocean plastics. A quick search in the net will give you plenty more results, just make sure you do your proper research before making the purchase.
III. Go for less packaging to reduce the unnecessary excess and non recyclable waste.
IV. Ditch all things plastic as it takes more than two lifetimes for it to decompose.
V. Generally reduce purchasing and excess consumption habits that are unnecessary, harmful, and have short life cycles.

 

  1. The Zero Waste Lifestyle
  • Five (5) Simple Concrete Practices
I. Refuse single-use everything. A short time of convenience is not worth years of waste.
II. Go for refills and bulk stores. Remember to bring your own containers and eco-bags to carry your goods in!
III. Plant and harvest your own. Try your hand at becoming self-sufficient when it comes to your food or perhaps check if your neighborhood has a community garden.
IV. Do composting. Make sure that the waste you do end up producing can be turned into compost, which goes right back to your plants and garden. Here’s where you really get to close the loop!
V. DIY, DIY, DIY! If you can make it yourself out of the resources you already have, then do it. It saves you bucks and a trip to the store. Plus points that you’ll know exactly what goes in your products and get to adjust it to your liking.

 

Pro-tip: It helps if you keep in mind that the modern (but harmful) conveniences you may have to forego when switching to a green lifestyle becomes worth it knowing that the whole world including yourself gain more in the long run!


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