Sustainable practices aim to cut our ecological footprint on planet Earth. Lately, our impact on nature and the environment has become increasingly profound and visible. While it takes focused efforts from different groups to fix our planet, there are sustainable practices at home you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. This infographic will show how simple everyday activities can work to nature’s advantage. Start living sustainably with these sustainable living practices you can commit to now!
Sustainable Practices You Can Do for a Better Tomorrow
The current environment’s sustainability is up for question, so everyone needs to make a commitment to make sustainability initiatives a priority today. Here are the six sustainable practices you can commit to today:
1. Decrease Fossil Fuel Consumption
- Decrease fossil fuel consumption by using alternative energy sources like wind and solar power.
- Running out of finite resources like fossil fuels due to overdependence on these resources
Eventually, fossil fuel will run out and at the rate we are consuming these energy sources, pretty fast, too! We all know we have better and more sustainable alternatives like solar and wind energy.
While a 360-degree turn from fossil fuel takes work, you can start with a few solar panels and go from there. Other than saving on fuel expenses, you’ll have a backup power source in the event that your main grid malfunctions.
2. Alter Your Diet
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- Try participating in Meatless Mondays and shopping for produce at a farmer’s market.
- Unhealthy diets affect our health and can be detrimental to the environment.
How does our diet affect or impact our environment? Here’s the story: It takes a whole lot of fossil fuel energy, chemical fertilizers, and pesticides to mass produce and grow crops. The same can be said for livestock raising. This is why consuming organic food and even growing your own is highly encouraged. You get to help the local economy, eat healthily, and contribute to a safe environment. This way, the damages borne from mass food production are reduced.
3. Purchase Recyclable Items
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- Switch from living in abundance to purchasing items that are recyclable.
- Garbage can take years to decompose and takes up a lot of space at dumpsites.
Whether you believe in global warming or not, you cannot deny the negative impact of too much garbage in your surroundings. Few seasides of the world ever escape plastic debris and pollution and the sight is undeniably grotesque. Is it too much to reduce the use of plastic or find ways to recycle? If you think using mason jars or wooden utensils is a fad, think how it helps reduce unrecyclable garbage. You will see the practical purpose of it and encourage others to do the same.
4. Maintain a More Balanced Lifestyle
- Decrease consumption of fossil fuels and maintain a more balanced and healthier diet.
- Natural disasters are more severe, and temperature changes are affecting ice caps and deserts.
What does it mean to maintain a balanced lifestyle and how does it help the planet? Our personal actions indirectly and directly affect our choices. When we take our health for granted, we make poor food choices. If we are not organized, we tend to pick convenience over what is ultimately practical. Like picking plastic bags over reusable grocery bags, for example. Taking time to live a balanced lifestyle will eventually help us make better sustainable choices.
5. Consider How Your Actions Affect the Environment
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- Pay attention to how your actions impact the environment so it can be preserved.
- Industries and corporations put the consumer above the environment.
Support products from companies that help protect the environment. It may seem insignificant coming from a single family like yours. But what if a majority of the population thinks and does the same?
6. Pass On Sustainable Practices to Younger Generations
- Live using sustainable practices, so future generations have a habitable world and are equipped with the right tools to preserve it.
- Need to change how we impact the environment with our daily choices
Remember experience is the best instructor. What kids see in adults are what kids tend to do, too. Seeing you are wasteful and careless will encourage the same behavior in them. You don’t have to tell your kids how to live a sustainable lifestyle. You only have to show them and they will grow into it.
A complete turnaround from unsustainable practices can be challenging. Yet if we are to help preserve our planet, which may be lonely after all, we have to start somewhere. What better time to get started than now? Start sustainable practices at home and support sustainable causes. A few simple actionable changes go a long way. Don’t think there’s no way for you to practice sustainability in urban areas. Here are also some sustainable practices you can do in the city!
Do you have other sustainable practices you want to share to preserve the environment? Let us know in the comments section below.