5 Super Simple Ways to Make Your Life More Sustainable

Hopefully, we can preserve the environment so our children can enjoy it too. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)
Hopefully, we can preserve the environment so our children can enjoy it too. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

To be honest, I never really gave much thought or even wanted to do something about my impact on the environment, until I had children.

I grew up enjoying clean beaches and beautiful rainforests, and I am hoping that they can enjoy that too.

Since I have had them, I have been more proactive in recycling, growing plants, conserving energy, and buying second-hand clothes.

I’ve even made vegetarian meals that the whole family likes to eat. Which amazed me cause I had always focused most of our meals around meat, as I thought they would not enjoy them if they were vegetarian.

To start with, I have found these 5 super simple things that anyone can do to help live a more sustainable life.

  1. Adopt a vegetarian diet:

    Eating less meat and more vegetables helps reduce greenhouse gases. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

    Eating less meat and more vegetables helps reduce greenhouse gases. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

    Did you know that raising animals for food produces more greenhouse gases than all of the cars, planes, and other transport combined, which I find pretty shocking. If you feel you can’t go cold turkey just yet, why not have a meat-free day, or even a meal to start if you are that much of a carnivore. Actually, we don’t need to eat as much meat as we think we do.

  2. Avoid bottled water:

    Lots of oil is used to make plastic bottles and most of the bottles aren't being recycled. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

    Lots of oil is used to make plastic bottles, and most of the bottles aren’t being recycled.
    (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

    The biggest scam of all is bottled water! Not only does the plastic that is made for the bottles use up large amounts of oil to make, but we are wasting money on something that is free straight from our tap. And yes, tap water is fine to drink. I drink tap water and it’s beautiful. In some places, I did have to purchase a filter, which lasted years.  Just purchase some reusable sustainable bottles for your water for when you go out.

  3. Avoid genetically modified food:

    (Image: sumitrarose via Compfight cc)

    GMOs can have a negative effect on your health. (Image: sumitrarose via Compfight cc)

    Genetically Modified foods, or GMOs (genetically modified organisms), are not only bad for the environment, but also can have effects on your health. Turns out lots of people don’t even know what a GMO is, or what GMO stands for. Try to avoid genetically modified foods as much as possible and buy organic.

  4. Change your light bulbs to energy efficient ones:

    Just changing to LED lights helps the environment and can lower your power bill. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

    Just changing to LED lights helps the environment, and can lower your power bill. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

    When we were living in a caravan, we switched all our lights to LED lights, and the power bill was less than half what it was before—we were paying around $10 a fortnight. It’s a very simple thing to do to help the environment in a huge way.

  5. Grow your own produce:

    Growing your own produce not only tastes better but can save you lots of money. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

    Growing your own produce not only tastes better, but can save you lots of money. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

    Just like going vegetarian, if you are growing your own produce, you will also be reducing greenhouse gases, especially if you purchase produce from a supermarket as that usually requires a drive into town. If you don’t have a green thumb, at least try to grow some herbs; they are easy to grow. I recently grew some basil, rosemary, and mint from seed, and they didn’t die. I was very proud! Another good thing is to buy from a local farmer at your markets, which are also a lot cheaper than the supermarket.

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