We’re becoming ever more conscious of the importance of living green, but we don’t always know what that means or how to actually do it. Don’t panic, we’ve got you covered. From explaining what sustainable living is, to offering easy tips on how to go green, have a look at these initial steps designed to help get you started in sustainable living.
A sustainable living definition
Sustainable living is the idea of making changes to lead a greener lifestyle in order to lower your personal use of the earth’s limited resources. Through using alternative products, transport and energy consumption as well as making adaptations to diet living green can help to reduce an individual’s carbon footprint and help to save the planet.
Super simple sustainable living tips to change your life
Try these simple sustainable living ideas for a greener going on! Living green is easier than you might imagine:
Invest in products for your home that are kinder to our planet. Make easy swaps such as:
- Decrease the need for plastic bottle recycling with hand soap bars.
- Choose a more sustainable household cleaner, such as Cif ecorefill
- Use products like Persil which have committed to sustainable solutions. Did you know, we’ve developed a formula that is 23% more concentrated than before whilst giving the same great cleaning results. A smaller dose means that our bottles are smaller which allows more bottles to be transported per truck, meaning approximately 19% fewer trucks on the road, all as part of Unilever’s Clean Future initiative to decarbonise the cleaning industry.
- Change over your bulbs to LED or CFL to reduce your energy usage.
Use environmentally friendly products for your body. This includes:
- Switch to cloth including nappies, sanitary products, wipes and more.
- Consider using body wash and shampoo bars instead of bottles or select concentrated or recyclable products
- Try using bamboo toothbrushes
Shop local. Buy from local farm shops, butchers, greengrocers and other small local shops to help reduce your carbon footprint.
Buy eco-friendly clothing. Fast fashion is something we're all becoming increasingly aware of. Trying to keep up with the newest trends takes its toll on our planet, as well as our purses! Cheaper and more toxic materials and dyes are often used as expedient alternatives to more sustainable choices. But! There are ways we can start living green when it comes to our clothing:
- Reduce waste by purchasing second-hand clothes from charity shops
- Buy from vendors who source sustainable fabrics to make their clothing.
Grow your own. From creating herb gardens to growing seasonal veggies; there are plenty of things you can grow and use to feed your family. If you don’t have space at home, why not check out if you can get an allotment nearby.
Make your own. Lessen the waste you produce with packaging, leftovers and more by making your own bread and other products at home.
Switch it off. When you’re not using the TV, make sure it’s off. When you leave a room, turn off the lights. There are a number of things that you need to remember to switch off to reduce energy usage and minimise your carbon footprint.
Consider eating less meat. You only have to switch to a veggie or vegan diet 3 times a week to make a massive difference. Meat-free meals can be just as tasty and nutritious too!
Reduce, reuse, and recycle. This may seem a little obvious and is the one most of us already know about, but it’s still an important point. Here are a few ideas:
- Reduce what you buy: Shop with a list to limit impulse buying as well as growing or making what you can.
- Reuse what you can: Upcycle old furniture, make bird feeders from old bottles and more.
- Recycle where possible: There are still plenty of benefits of recycling! Make sure you check the packaging to ensure it can be recycled and always take care to clean out glass jars, plastic bottles and other products before you recycle them.
- Get plastic smart with our fun activities for learning about how we can all reduce our plastic footprint!
With this simple guide, we’ve shown you how to be green, with an explanation of what sustainable living is, and easy green living tips that can be built into your life. For more easy ways to help save the environment, have a look over here.