Reuse and Recycle the Ultimate Sustainable Lifestyle
The future is green, and we need to do our part to stop excessive waste and to instead try to live a sustainable life. This means being aware of the practices behind the things we buy. When we purchase items that have created a lot of waste during production, or when workers were exploited, then we are facilitating and justifying it. We can live in a fair and sustainable world, but it needs to start with the consumer.
- Shop at Charity Shops
Clothes produce a lot of waste to create. This is especially true when it comes to fast fashion companies that produce large amounts of clothes for inexpensive prices. Though this might seem like a great way to buff up your wardrobe and stay on this-season’s trends, it isn’t environmentally friendly. Instead, try finding this season’s trends at charity shops near you. Fashion is increasingly circular, and when you buy from a charity shop you are not only reducing waste, you are benefiting a worthy cause, and you are finding a unique piece for your closet.
- Repair Clothing
On top of buying second hand for clothes (and any object of any kind), you should also try to fix things when they break. Most commonly, this refers to clothing. Don’t throw out your favourite top just because it has a rip along the seam. Try to mend it, first.
- Recycle as Much as You Can
It is very possible to produce miniscule amounts of waste, you just need to up your recycling game. This means composting food items and separating all recyclable items before throwing something in to the trash. Recycling also refers to buying second-hand items, repurposing items, and fixing them.
- Opt for Reusable Items
Skip the items that are meant to be used and then thrown away. This means anything from paper towels to cigarettes. Instead of paper towels, invest in machine-washable cloths. Instead of cigarettes, switch to vaping. Click for more information on how even your cigarette habit can be improved by reducing the waste you produce.
- Reduce Your Utilities
Going green doesn’t just mean buying more conscientiously, it means reducing your carbon footprint by any means. The best part about this step is that reducing your utilities won’t just help the environment, it will also lower your monthly bills. This means only heating your home when you are home to use it, installing thick curtains to keep the drafts out, and even using fans to either pull hot air away or towards you.
The sustainable lifestyle is one that you can feel good about, and one that ensures you have quality pieces in your home and wardrobe. There is no downside to it! All it takes is a bit more thought to go from buying disposable pieces to quality, reusable pieces. The more you recycle, and the more you reuse (or even repurpose) the better. You can even continue your sustainable practices and change your diet as well. There are so many options, so choose the ones that suit you, and start from there.