Living Sustainably for a Green Earth

April 20, 2018

Sustainable living doesn't mean living without luxuries but being conscious of your resource consumption and minimising your impact on the environment.

Humans are integral to securing the future of Earth and sustainability should be at the forefront of every individual. In honour of Earth day, we have outlined some guiding principles which can be used to reduce your carbon footprint and make sustainable living a reality.

Sustainable Home

Whether a home is a small apartment or a large house, there is plenty that can be done to make it more environmentally friendly.

Conserve Energy: energy production accounts for 21.3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide along with 90% of greenhouse released into the environment every year. Reducing overall household energy can help decrease your carbon footprint.

  • Turn off the lights when not in use
  • Switch to LED and CFL light fixtures as they last longer and use 20% less energy
  • Choose energy efficient appliances
  • Unplug appliances when not in use
  • Use rechargeable batteries

Go Paperless: on average, 31 kilogram of junk is delivered to our home every year. Reducing the amount of paper which is mailed to us will benefit the environment.

  • Opt to receive digital letters and notices
  • Cancel subscriptions to unnecessary paper catalogues
  • Donate your old books to libraries and schools

Go Green: having more greenery around the house can balance out your CO2 emissions Planting gardens and having plants around the house can help the environment.

  • Integrate plants into your interior
  • Plant your own organic garden
  • Use organic fertiliser
  • Set up a compost system

Waste: reduce, reuse and recycle products to practice sustainability.

  • Set up a recycling station around the house
  • Insist on no plastic cutlery when ordering take-out

Sustainable Commuting

Emissions from vehicular transportation are amongst the top most polluting gases, however there are ways to help reduce that.

  • Switch to public transportation
  • Carpool to work and school
  • Walk or bike whenever possible
  • Choose stairs over elevators

Sustainable Shopping

Groceries: plastic takes hundreds of years to decompose and is often attributed to the diminishing of aquatic life.

  • Ditch the plastic grocery bags and use reusable bags
  • Buy products with less packaging
  • Avoid buying plastic bottled water
  • Buy your produce from your local farmers market

Fashion: fashion and textiles is the third most polluting industry in the world.

  • Donate clothes which you have outgrown
  • Buy second hand whenever possible
  • Invest in better quality fashion
  • Buy natural and sustainable fabrics such as silk, wool and organic cotton
  • Shop online
  • Become loyal to brands which support sustainability

Take a moment to think about our planet this Earth Day and how you can help protect it. Go green— live a lifestyle mother nature would be proud of.

- Written by Amulya Misra

 





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