Deciding to support sustainability is easier said than done. One will need to make many sacrifices, which is nowhere an easy task. How much are you willing to sacrifice just to become a more responsible citizen?
Many want to start living a more sustainable life. However, your choices are not limited to reducing your waste, recycling what you can, and growing your own food. What can regular people like to do to make a good impact on the environment? We’ve gathered five awesome ways you can start supporting a more sustainable living, and they are as follows.
Support renewable energy sources
Some people are already investing in solar panels as these make use of the sun’s energy to create electricity. However, there are other sources of sustainable energy like water, wind, etc. These are many proposed projects that enable people to take advantage of other renewable energy sources. Take the proposed wind energy project in Navajo County. By using your voice to support such projects, you can pave the way for the development and construction of more sustainable energy sources.
Pay attention to the things you buy
Not everything advertised as eco-friendly is really environment-friendly. So, be sure to read the labels, be mindful of the products you buy, and do a little research on the brands you support. Just because a product is advertised as eco-friendly, it already means that it is a better choice. Some businesses tend to make false claims just to make their brand look like a sustainable brand. Beware of the eco-friendly scam.
Find ways to reduce your utility bills
Reducing the amount of energy and water you use is a great way to start advocating for a sustainable lifestyle. The lesser amount of water and energy you use, the lesser waste you produce. Be mindful of how much water and energy you use and reduce your usage. Invest in energy-efficient home upgrades. Fix leaks and faulty fittings and make use of natural light as much as possible.
Choose greener transportation alternatives
For every gallon of gas your car consumes, you’re already emitting 20 pounds of carbon dioxide. Just imagine how much carbon emissions you’re contributing each year. Instead of taking your car everywhere you went, try green transport alternatives. Walking and riding a bike is the best way to reduce your carbon emissions. If you do need a ride, consider carpooling, public transport or your company’s free shuttle.
Many are unable to truly grasp the concept of minimalism. Most of us think that it is all about living with as few things as possible. However, practicing minimalism does more than reducing your carbon footprint to embrace sustainability. Minimalism allows you to dig deeper, challenging your philosophy in life. It helps you understand what you truly need and separate these from your wants.
This list only goes to show that in every decision you make, you can choose to be reckless or be mindful of the environment. What products you buy and from whom you buy them can say a lot about whether you stand your ground about sustainability. Even your water and energy usage, transport choices, and to what cause you cast your vote can make a big difference. Once you finally make up your mind to say yes to sustainability, you can always use this list as your guide.