Everybody struggles to live ethically and to make informed decisions every day that are sustainable and eco-friendly. Today, we have the option to make small lifestyle adjustments to reduce the carbon footprint of our lives and to preserve the environment.
Simple things like reducing your electricity consumption, shopping for organic and sustainable produce, and using public transportation rather than driving can lead to a live a more sustainable lifestyle and assist others. Living a mindful way of life and making intelligent decisions. What are the simplest adjustments you can make in your everyday life to begin being more conscious? Here’s how.
It may sound obvious but recycling the paper (25 per cent of all our waste is made up of paper) glass, plastic containers, boxes, and cardboard, in line with the local laws is crucial. If you can, buy products made of recycled paper and 100% post-consumer recycled materials, even purchasing clothing that is vintage.
Did you be aware that things like battery, paint, tires , and electronic devices must be properly removed from the environment and not tossing in the garbage? The act of pouring paint or a hazardous chemical cleanser into the drain or dumping it in the garbage you normally dispose of can be hazardous for both people as well as the environment. In addition, you should look for alternatives safer products that are not hazardous instead of products that contain toxic chemicals.
2) Donate Clothing
The typical New Yorker tosses 46 pounds of clothing and other items in the trash each year. Donating gently used work clothes to charities such as Dress For Success and the Bottomless Closet that help people and women who are trying to return to work and dress to impress for interviews is a great option to donate clothes that you no longer using. With partners across all over the nation, it’s not difficult to locate a drop-off location in your area.
Similar to winter coats, most cities have coat drives that are held at churches or shelters to help those who need it. Recycling textiles is another method to dispose of clothing that is no longer sustainable. The majority of clothing that isn’t given away second-hand are recyclable and when not used, converted into rags, insulation, or even a sock. Wearable Collections is an organization that does this.
3) Shop Ethically
Customers are more likely to make purchases with businesses that have values that align with their own and moral ethos. Direct-to-consumer brand Everlane and its promise that it will provide “radical transparency” with regards to its production and sourcing is an excellent example of a company that is doing good which has been well-received by customers. It’s crucial to invest your money carefully. It is important to choose an Fair Trade Certified company and purchasing products that are made by hand are two aspects that buyers must be looking out for.
4) Choose The Right Ingredients
It’s difficult to determine which ingredients are ethically procured and it’s harder to steer clear of the whole thing. We’re informed that certain products and beverages are harmful because they are made up of processed food as well as fake sugar and preservatives to prolong the shelf life of their products. Things like chocolate and coffee also pose ethical issues due to the fact that they use child labor to harvest these ingredients.
5) Get To Know What’s In Your Beauty Products
The list of ingredients is crucial when looking at new cosmetics. Being aware of synthetics as well as chemicals such as phthalates, parabens (acid) as well as triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfurate (SLS) as well as propylene glycol will allow you to be aware of the products you’re using on your skin. If you’d rather stay clear of these chemicals, then you should look for natural makeup, hair care and skincare products. If you suffer from sensitive skin look out for substances like perfumes and mineral oils, since they could cause everything from skin irritations or allergic reactions.
6) Try Cutting Out Meat
As the author Michael Pollan (In Defense of Food) who was a critic of U.S. food policies, famously stated “Eat food. It’s not that much. Most of the time, it’s plants.” He , along with others, like Jonathan Safran Foer (Eating Animals) have advocated for elimination of meat from one’s diet. Try to eliminate meat one every week, like Meatless Mondays with the aim to cut down on the consumption of meat by 15 percent to improve your health and for the wellbeing of the planet.
7) Eat Locally Sourced Food
Locally-sourced foods are more nutritious fresher, seasonal, and can help support farmers and the local economy. If you purchase your food at the local farmers market or fish caught by line in the local waters, make an effort to consume only fresh food and made locally. Food items that are transported hundreds or thousands of miles away leave a huge carbon footprint that can be easily avoided by buying local and seasonal products.
For instance, you shouldn’t purchase strawberries if they’re out of the local market because they’re probably coming out of Mexico, Central America or the West Coast. Make sure to eat according to the seasons. If you’re located on the East Coast, that means squash and root vegetables throughout the season, as well as peaches, tomatoes, and corn in the spring, and even eggplant in summer.
8) Practice Mindfulness
It’s a busy and stressful time. The practice of mindfulness can relax the mind and body and help to promote well-being. The goal is to reach an alert relaxed and focused by paying attention to sensations and thoughts. It is important to focus your attention on the present.
Meditation is a wonderful method to relax the mind and body especially if you think about things too much or worry about them! It can be done in the meditation studio, using an app for guided meditation like InScape and headspace or in the comfort at home by shutting your eyes, and allowing yourself to concentrate on the moment.
9) Stop Buying Things You Don’t Need
What percentage of what you purchase are things you actually require? Nowadays, we spend excessively on items that we don’t really need (from clothing to food to items) and the majority of it is thrown away in the waste. The more stuff you buy doesn’t mean greater happiness. Make sure you limit your purchases to practical objects, and look for products that last instead of the consumables. You could even take the other way and give away or dispose of things you don’t need or to use.
10) Use A Water Bottle
Some drinking bottles made of plastic contain chemicals that disrupt hormones such as BPA as well, but they pollute our waters (the mixture of ultraviolet light and salt causes these plastics to break into pieces to discharge BPA, Phthalates, PCBs and DDT into the ocean) and are clogging up the earth for the future generation. Use glass, metal recycled or reusable plastic bottle, particularly when they’re available with fun patterns and colors and are light enough to be carried on your way for a trip to the gym or office.