There’s a new year fast approaching, which always signals the time to make positive change. And one of the best things you can do to ensure lasting, positive change for you and others is to think more sustainably.
Sustainability is a hot topic in all kinds of industries, including fashion and travel, so you’ll always find plenty of ideas to help you live a more sustainable life. Why not start by taking a more eco-friendly approach to your home and make some big changes around the house?
Here are some fantastic, simple ideas to help you take a more sustainable approach to your home.
Image Credit: Unsplash under Creative Commons
Cut down on waste
Your household can be a big source of waste. From wasted food to wasted energy, we can all be guilty of contributing to a growing waste problem. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to cut down on food waste, including meal prepping and buying food that’s pre-packaged. Get into the habit of making meals that can be frozen for a later date – you’ll have options for quick and easy meals that can stop you reaching for the takeout menu.
Repair, don’t replace
If something is damaged or broken, your first instinct can be to throw it away and buy a replacement. But doing this not only costs money, but it can lead to waste too. Why not go down the repair route instead? It’s likely a fridge repair expert can fix your fridge without you needing to go out and buy a new one. The same could be said for your furniture. Why not look at ways of reupholstering or upcycling your furniture before you throw it away?
Use less plastic
Cutting down on plastic is one simple thing all households can do to be more sustainable. For a start, you can ditch the plastic water bottles and go for a reusable bottle instead. More and more stores are dispensing key food items such as pasta, rice and cereal to make it easier for you to cut out excess packaging and instead refill what you’ve got. By making smarter decisions around your home, your plastic consumption can come right down, making it easier for you to contribute to a better environment.
Take a sustainable approach to your wardrobe
Sustainable fashion is a very hot topic amongst bloggers and fashionistas, and with good reason. The ‘fast fashion’ movement contributes to a lot of waste, which is damaging the environment as well as raising exploitation issues. Take a more sustainable approach to your wardrobe by investing in high-quality, long-lasting fabrics, buying second-hand and making more of the clothes you’ve got. Adopting a signature style can be a simple way to ensure a chic look, without resorting to buying the latest trends each season. Give it a try and see if you can do more with less in your closet.
Doing a little goes a long way in terms of becoming more sustainable. Get the New Year off to a great start by making simple changes around your home that will help you reduce waste and do your bit for the environment.