Having a sustainable and Eco-friendly life doesn’t require drastic changes in your lifestyle, it’s not necessary to become vegan and buy all organic; but there are some habits we can change or improve -even small ones- that have a huge impact reducing your ecological footprint.
HERE ARE 10 EASY TIPS:
1. Buy used
There are some things you don’t need to buy completely new, thanks to Ebay, Carig’s list and different websites, you can now buy second-hand clothes, costumes, electronics and basically everything in perfect conditions.
2. Avoid disposable plates
If you are a coffee lover (like me), every time you go to cafeterias like Starbucks, ask to have your drink served in a portable thermo. If you like to drink water, avoid buying plastic bottles, and carry with you a stainless steel bottle.
If you are going to have a party at your house, and you need to use disposable crockery to avoid washing dishes, then buy biodegradable disposable crockery.
3. Invest in you, buy quality
Give Fast Fashion a rest, and instead of buying 4 items for $20 dollars that will last for about a month – and generate so much waste – invest your money in clothing with higher quality, that will last longer.
4. pay everything online and get electronic bills
Thanks to the wonderful internet, we no longer have to visit offices or banks, to make our payments; we don’t even have to worry about lines! So let’s take advantage of that and pay everything we can on the internet, ask for your receipts or invoices electronically, to avoid unnecessary use of paper.
5. reduces the use of plastic bags
Obviously the best practice is using a fabric bag every time you go to the supermarket, or whenever you buy something; but in case you forget your fabric bag, or if you really have to use a plastic bag, try to use just one of it.
6. use less cars
I know not using your car living in large cities, like Mexico City, is quite complicated; especially during peak hours and with poor public transportation, but it’s not impossible.
Try to change your car for public transport at least one day per week, go to work with coworkers, share ride, or talk to your boss to negotiate a day of Home Office, that way you can avoid commuting to your office.
After seeing this photo I took in April 2016, you can’t keep doing nothing; I’ve been 10 months without car, and it’s been more comfortable (and cheap) than I thought it would be.
7. Buy local products
Buying fruits and vegetables in supermarkets involve bigger impacts on the carbon footprint, all transportation and logistics required to bring things to a supermarket is enormous; so try looking for a traditional farmer’s market to buy your food, It will probably be cheaper, fresher and there’s nothing better than supporting local economy.
8. Use Laptop instead of a desktop
The fact that laptops have a battery included, means that they don’t need to be plugged to energy all the time.
9. do the #MeatlessMonday
If you are not ready to become 100% vegetarian or vegan, it’s totally fine; but reducing the amount of meat you eat is a super important step to reduce your environmental impact.
Making 1 kg of meat, needs about 600 liters of water; 600 liters of water is approximately the amount of water you spend taking 5-minute showers a whole month. If you want more information about the environmental impact, I have a list of documentaries that talk more about that, and the MeatlessMonday site so you can read more about it.
10. Buy less beauty products
It doesn’t mean you should stop worrying about your personal care, but there are many products you can easily stop using. For example, these creams for hands, legs, body, face… You can reduce the amount of “special” creams and containers, for more natural products such as argan oil or coconut oil, which are used for the same things; they even serve to give brightness to the hair and as make-up removers!
So this way you avoid using containers that are practically impossible to reuse or recycle.
And an extra: 11. Don’t use straws!
I could write a huge list of tips to live more eco-friendly, but changing bad habits is something we all struggle with, so my advice is to take it slowly.
Making these small changes in your everyday life, create greater impact reducing you ecologic footprint.