As some one who is passionate about environmental conservation and nature I try to do all I can to live more sustainably, but I also appreciate how difficult it can be. Isn’t it tough, you just want to grab some veg from the supermarket, but it’s wrapped in plastic and has hundreds of air miles to go with it; you want a new dress but picking up from the high street comes with an impact on the environment. I have written about the environmental impact of the clothing industry on one of my previous posts and I have also written about biodiversity loss elsewhere. So this post will focus on some simple steps to live more sustainably.
10 Simple steps:
1) car free life
But isn’t this tough? I know I need to do better, I have a long daily commute to and from work and need a car to get there. How can I do better? I have condensed my hours into 4 working days which takes away two journeys. I also avoid using my car on weekends and walk where I can. In the future I would like to look into alternatives, for example an electric car.
2) Have one less child
Now this is a contentious one. Have you heard about the population campaign Attenborough is heading? Read more here
3) Eat a plant based diet
I have been a vegetarian from the age of 10, both my Nan and my Mum were vegetarian so moving into this way of life was easy. I have recently started to focus on a more plant based diet, for example I no longer eat as much dairy. This however is a tricky one for me as vegan milks have air miles and often come with a number of unnatural additives. I therefore, have chosen to occasionally consume dairy from local, organic farms.
4) An organic diet
Organic food is easy to come by now, but it can be more expensive. I opt to buy organic where I can, including fruit and veg, cosmetics and organic cotton clothing.
This is so easy with waste collection from your front door, there’s no excuse.
6) Reduce consumption
I don’t often buy clothes, when I do I try to buy from sustainably produced clothing companies. I am also on a mission to craft and make more, I love crafting and reusing and giving something new life is a great way to consume less.
7) Conserve energy
Wear that extra jumper, leave the heating off, turn the lights off. These things are so easy but it can involve a behavioural shift. I try to leave the heating and lights off unless really necessary.
8) Avoid air travel
I rarely travel abroad but I know many of us have a desire to see the world. I would say, as long as you are aware of how much you travel, you are taking a step in the right direction.
Like recycling, this is so easy in the UK with council collections from our doorstep. Alternatively create a compost heap in your garden, its great for wildlife too.
10) Spread awareness
Talk about this, talk about sustainable living, talk about our impact and raise awareness.
Some of the above points may be more of less achievable for some of us. I think if you’re achieving some of them, you’re doing well. Reflect on your impact on the environment, connect with it and make simple changes where you can. 🖤