Something I’ve really been getting interested in lately is what impact my lifestyle choices are making to the earth. Once you start doing a little bit of research, it’s quite shocking. Here are some things you can start doing now to create a more sustainable lifestyle:
1. Use a carry bag – there are some cheap and very cute reusable shopping bags available these days! A lot of big chain stores are going plastic free, so it makes sense to get some cute bags you’ll enjoy using! (Just remember to bring them!)
2. Use a keep cup – It is estimated that Australians use 1 BILLION ‘disposable’ take-away coffee cups per year! And for the record, most of them end up in land fill… Here’s what your going to do: Either online or at your local café, purchase 3 keep cups. 1 for at work, 1 for in the car and 1 for at home. This way you’ll have one wherever you are – no more excuses.
3. Build a capsule wardrobe – ‘Fast fashion’ (think H&M, Zara, Top shop) are one of the biggest sources of landfill and waste. We need to start clothing ourselves in a more sustainable way. Enter, the ‘capsule wardrobe’. A capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don't go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be mixed with seasonal pieces. Only buy clothes that you LOVE and are good quality. You’ll end up saving money, the environment and people’s lives (that’s a whole other story). Side note: It’s importance to try and buy organic fabrics, local and fair-trade products.
4. After sun down, keep your light usage to a minimum. Less light exposure at night helps you to sleep better and can save a few bucks on the bill!
5. Buy some sort of water purifying jug or system and a cute water bottle. Fill it up every morning and take it with you. Most cafes will happily refill your bottle throughout the day. Bottled water is a waste of money, and ends up in the waterways or landfill, so again, purchase a few and keep one at work, at home and in the car for when you need it!
Every little thing you can do DOES make a difference. It can take a little bit to get used to the changes you are making, but the cost of convenience is too high not to start.