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With rising temperatures and pollution, it is crucial now more than ever to save the world. Here are 15 steps that you can incorporate towards sustainability. Glaciers are melting, the planet is warming at an alarming rate, plastics are filling oceans, and trash is accumulating at overwhelming levels–to a point where natural resources and lives on earth are endangered. In fact, according to the World Bank, waste produced each day (currently 3.5 million tons) will reach 6 million tons daily by 2025. Not to be a bearer of bad news, but it is crucial now more than ever to incorporate solutions that save the world. But how is it possible to make a positive change amid this global environmental crisis? This is where sustainable practices come into play.

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What is Sustainability?

The well-known definition of sustainability is the ability to minimize the use of natural resources to meet your anticipated needs to avoid significantly affecting the future needs of the next generations.

Sustainability is highly relevant, especially in three sectors: social, economic, and most importantly, environmental. By integrating these aspects, more resilient communities and the development of the next generations are expected.

Benefits of Sustainability

By recognizing our obligation to the future and limiting our resources to what we only need today, we can better ensure that succeeding generations will have the same chance to live comfortably. With that, here are a few benefits of sustainability to give you that little push!
●Sustainability promotes clean energy and minimizes the consumption of fossil fuels. It leads to fresher air and fewer respiratory-related diseases.
●The problem of excess trash is addressed by adopting sustainable practices such as the phase-out of plastic. Since plastic takes approximately 15-100 years to break down and usually ends up floating in oceans and hampering the lives of many sea animals, sustainability mitigates pollution.
●Using fewer resources would mean a smaller carbon footprint for every person. This would do wonders in preventing the progression of climate change.
●Not all natural resources are renewable, and if abused or used excessively, they can eventually run out. By conserving natural resources, we can positively impact the world.

While the concept of sustainability is applied chiefly to policies and business initiatives, you can also take part in contributing to the lives of the coming generation. Here are 15 steps you can take towards a more sustainable lifestyle for a brighter future.

Steps Towards Sustainability

Making lifestyle changes might be a hassle in the short term, but saving electricity or simply recycling your stuff can make a big difference for later generations.

1. Incorporate gadget sustainability

Our devices take a long process to manufacture. As it is being produced, fossil fuels, energy, and other resources that can harm the environment are used for production. Since it’s impossible to live without our gadgets, the next best way to be “gadget sustainable” is by taking care of our own devices and extending their lifespan.

Charging our electronics properly, reading consumer reports, and maintaining them according to the prescribed guidelines of the manufacturer can lengthen their lives. This consequently decreases your carbon footprint.

2. Buy recycled gadgets

But of course, if you really want to have an upgrade, buying recycled gadgets might be better than brand-new items. It lowers the number of materials used and promotes resource efficiency. For instance, you can hit two birds with one stone by purchasing a used MacBook from a reliable refurbishing company. You get to extend the life of a gadget, and you save money along the way.

 

3. Go for quality over quantity

It is often said that quality is better than quantity. Purchasing sturdy and strong products will usually last longer than cheap items. Collectively, this effort can help save manufacturing energy and resources. Moreover, investing in fewer but higher quality products rather than low-quality items can help you save money and give your space more meaning.

4. Conserve energy

Did you know that you are mostly using coal, oil, or fuel every time you get a ride, turn on the aircon, or cook a meal? These three kinds of fossil fuels exert significant carbon emissions. They increase the greenhouse effect, promote air pollution, and intensify the effects of global warming.

Simply turning off the fan on standby, air-drying your hair instead of using the blower, or turning the TV off and unplugging them when not in use can do wonders for the environment.

5. Support renewable energy

If you want to go the extra mile, you can install renewable energy sources. Unlike fossil fuels, which are expected to run out decades from now, solar or wind power is unlimited. Renewable energy harnesses the movement of water or wind, or the sun’s rays, to give our homes electricity. In fact, an hour of sunlight can power the entire world for a year.

6. Save water

In chaos theory, there’s a phenomenon called the butterfly effect, where even a small change can result in a single, big event or effect that can impact other places in the world. Similarly, saving water in your home by installing a water butt or turning the faucet off as you brush your teeth can make a difference in your water bill and, most importantly, the world.

7. Purchase from sustainable brands

Because of the worsening ecosystems in the environment, many companies are adopting corporate social responsibility (CSR). They include eco-friendly initiatives in their mission, vision, and values. Buying from brands with great advocacies can give you what you need and help the world become a better place.

8. Buy local products

Have you ever heard of the line “support local”? This phrase is frequently used because it has a great social and environmental impact. It helps people in your area, reduces shipping costs, and prevents natural resources from getting wasted.

As a rule of thumb, another tip when purchasing groceries is to buy the food in season. It keeps millions of vegetables, fruits, and other perishables from going into landfills.

9. Shop less frequently

In the pandemic, people have hoarded groceries in fear of having a scarce supply of food or household essentials. But even now, when grocery supplies have stabilized, it is still important to limit your trips to the store—not because of low supply but due to your desire to help the environment. It saves you fuel and thereby minimizes your carbon footprint.

10. Reusable shopping bags

Packaging fills landfills. After one purchase, what your product is packaged in—whether a box, bubble wrap, or plastic—eventually gets thrown away. So, support brands that have leveraged sustainable packaging. They reduce plastic pollution and prevent trees from being cut down to dispose of later.

Another sustainable tip you can start practicing is to recycle the packaging that comes with your orders. This way, you can have extra storage and reduce your waste. Even better, if you have your own business, make the switch to sustainable packaging. It can help you reach new markets, capture more sales, and promote brand loyalty.

11. Go thrift shopping

The “thrift-flip” rave is real. Apart from how it inspires creativity and how fun the activity is, you can minimize your carbon footprint because you limit the emissions when new clothes are manufactured.

Experts state that vintage clothing has a significant role in a sustainable fashion. It reduces 132 million metric tons of coal used every year to create new fibers and dye garments. It also minimizes the textile industry’s use of six to nine trillion liters of water.

12. Eat less meat

Surprisingly, the meat we eat every day is one of the most significant contributors to water pollution and climate change. Raising cows at commercial levels, for instance, leads to plenty of methane. Similarly, greenhouse gasses are released for every 3.5 oz of protein. The following beef is lambs, which account for 50% lower emissions. By eating less meat, you can reduce its adverse impacts on the environment.

13. Study product labels

Fair Trade products are those that pay farmers advantageous and just wages. They extensively contribute to social sustainability and push for equality. Organic food can keep pesticides at a minimum level, protecting wildlife and farmers.

Similarly, shade-grown coffee can secure habitats where migratory birds usually dwell. The list of positive labels to look for goes on and on, and these are just a few examples.

14. Compost

Almost 25% to 50% of waste consists of compost. For the unfamiliar, composting is the process of keeping decomposing wastes such as leftover food for the garden. It can help communities cut down on trash and reduce methane emissions from landfills. Moreover, it also keeps the pH level of your soil at optimal levels and promotes its growth more efficiently.

15. Invest in smart technology

With the rapid evolution of technology came smart appliances. With them, you can easily automate your home.

These smart appliances or gadgets can help you save electricity by regulating temperature, turning off the lights when no one is in a room, and setting a timer to an appliance (heater, aircon, or speaker). Another great thing about smart tech is the rise of star appliances. These are appliances that use way less energy.

A Non-Compromising Solution

Step up for change and heal the world with these small but effective tips. Ultimately, adopting sustainable changes to your lifestyle gives you the best of both worlds. It helps save future generations from climate change, slow down global warming, and maximize resources. Additionally, it enables you to reduce your living costs.

Steps Toward Sustainability

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