Being sustainable, eco-friendly and green is more than a trend. It is a serious lifestyle change. Changes are important not only at a global scale but also at an individual level. Small changes to everyday actions can prove to be non-detrimental to the people and the planet. We can change things by altering our daily activities. Set these goals for a more sustainable and kinder 2022. Ditching plastic, saving energy, etc can be generic concerns but how can one specifically take steps in this right direction. 

Let us look at some sustainable hacks one can incorporate in everyday life to be kinder to the environment:

Personal hygiene:

  1. bamboo toothbrush
    Bamboo toothbrush by Suscin

    Ditch the plastic toothbrushes, using a toothbrush made out of wood or bamboo toothbrushes is even better. Using tooth powder is more suitable than using toothpaste.

  2. Clean water is a prized item. Instead of baths, take shorter showers and don’t leave your water running while brushing or shampooing. 
  3. Replace all the regular products with sustainable packaging products or no packaging at all. Make sure all your products are organic and eco-friendly too. 
  4. Instead of single-use pads and tampons switch to menstrual cups, reusable cloths or period underwear.

Fashion:

  1. Fast fashion is no longer cool. Adopt green, eco-friendly and sustainable fashion.
  2. Adopt a minimalist lifestyle and discard the norms of consumerism. 
  3. Instead of discarding, try your best to recycle and upcycle your items. 
  4. Go for quality items instead of trendy and quantity.
  5. Support brands that promote sustainability, are ethical and eco-friendly

Food & Kitchen:

  1. The biggest alteration one can make is changing their food habits, especially non-vegetarians. Ditch the meat and turn to veganism. 
  2. Buy seasonal, local and organic. Helps in reducing the carbon footprint and also supports the local economy. 
  3. Reduce your food waste. Buy only what you need and consume. 
  4. Avoid products that come in plastic or non-degradable packaging.
  5. Cook your own meals. Buy dry groceries that will last you longer.
  6. Switch sustainable alternatives for disposable kitchen staples like cloth, beeswax wrap, glass or steel containers, etc.
  7. sustainable hacks for foodFor your food waste, turn it into compost for your kitchen garden. You can also use your cooking water to water these plants.
  8. Switch to zero-waste shops that let you bring your own bags, containers, etc for purchasing the product. 

Home: 

  1. Keep a check on the carbon footprint or sustainability for each of your household items.
  2. Make following the 3 R’s of Sustainability, a regular practice. Reduce your unwanted consumption, recycle what can be and reuse or upcycle often.
  3. Try using the electrical appliances only when necessary and unplug them when not in use.
  4. Practice rain-water harvesting and proper disposal of wastewater.
  5. Switch to energy-efficient appliances like LED bulbs that help save about 70% of energy. 
  6. Solarify your house to the possible extent. Helps in reducing money on bills and also uses clean and renewable energy. 
  7. Buy second-hand items like furniture whenever possible. Instead of throwing away your old furniture or other home appliances, upcycle, donate or sell them. 
  8. sustainable plastic container hackMake a practice to put up an organic garden, even if it is a small space. Use leftovers or waste from the kitchen as organic compost. 
  9. Use plastic bottles, tin cans or other containers as plant-holders in the garden.
  10. Choose plants that don’t require a lot of water. 
  11. Growing your own produce helps you eat healthy, control the carbon footprint and save energy and efforts to make a trip to the grocery store.

Transport & travel:

  1. Keep a carbon emissions check on all your modes of transport. 
  2. Instead of personal vehicles, choose public transport.
  3. Get your vehicle checked regularly for PUC.
  4. Travelling by a bus or train is much more efficient than air travel. 
  5. Make sure to partner up with sustainable travel companies for a sustainable vacation. 
  6. Practice eco-tourism, don’t litter places that you visit.
  7. Instead of buying loads of plastic bottles and packets, bring your own reusable bottles and food.

Work & offices:

  1. With modern electronic gadgets, it’s time we go paperless. Even if you have to use paper, use it consciously by printing on both sides. 
  2. Make sure to turn off electrical devices when not in use. 
  3. Promote and incentivize sustainable initiatives within the organization. Lead the way with getting employees to carpool, shared bus or bike to work. 
  4. Put up recycling bins around the office. Make sure to segregate waste into categories like dry and wet to make recycling easier.
  5. A three-day office and three-day work from home week can prove to be beneficial in multiple ways. It not only helps employees to rejuvenate and perform better but also helps save transport emissions and office electricity.
    sustainable travel
    Ride a bike to work
  6. Encourage employees to bring their own home food instead of getting it delivered. 
  7. Overall education about sustainable practices and workshops related to it can be conducted regularly for the employees and their families.
  8. Install energy-efficient heating and cooling appliances. Central air-conditioning is harmful in many ways. 

Some in general practices:

  1. Bring a cloth or reusable bag whenever you go shopping.
  2. Support brands that promote sustainability.
  3. Buy natural and organic whenever possible.
  4. Ditch all kinds of single-use items. This includes switching from daily coffee cups to thermal cups. Plastic wrappings and packaging for biodegradable or no packaging at all.
  5. Reduce your consumption and reuse or recycle all items possible. Incorporate reusing plastic and glass jars and containers. 
  6. Reuse household items for cool and handmade packaging. 
  7. Save natural resources. They are precious.
  8. Many sustainable brands like IKEA, Adidas, Patagonia take back worn-out products. Shop from them. 
  9. Promote environmental groups and organizations at both local and national levels. 
  10. Buy local. This also helps the local economy and communities.
  11. Clear out all your junk once a month. Both paper-mails and online mails included. Unsubscribe to various catalogs and online newsletters.
  12. After having any big party or event, make sure the leftover food is shared with those who need it. 
  13. Switching to being vegetarian or vegan can be the biggest impact of your carbon footprint on the planet.

Sustainable hacks: 

There are enough ways to amend your lifestyle if one truly chooses to be sustainable. One can always start from minimal tweaks in their daily lives slowly transitioning to bigger changes making a larger impact.  Remember that sustainability is a way of life and not a trend. All the best to keep up with your new year’s resolution. 

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