7 ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle
Living a sustainable lifestyle essentially involves living in a way that has minimal impact on the environment and ensures that resources will also be available for future generations. It could involve altering your diet, energy source of method of transportation for example.
Here are some suggestions:
Use energy saving lightbulbs
Compared to traditional incandescent lightbulbs, energy saving lightbulbs such as Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs or Compact Fluorescent (CFL) bulbs last much longer and can save you money in the long run.
Grow your own produce
Nowadays we can go to the supermarket and buy food from all over the world any time of year, but these products consume a lot of fossil fuel energy to get from another country to your local supermarket. Instead, you could consider growing your own produce, but even eating more locally and consuming seasonal foods will massively reduce your environmental footprint. It’s also likely to be more nutritious.
Switch the car for the bike
Consider walking or cycling if you’re travelling somewhere close to home; a great way to fit in exercise as well as reducing your energy use. If you’re travelling further, look into your local train or bus service or consider carpooling if you have to drive.
Buy second-hand rather than new
Many of our Low Carb Champions have shared their delight at treating themselves to a new wardrobe after losing weight. But instead of buying new clothes, consider visiting a charity shop and buying second hand instead. It reduces waste, saves you money and you’re also donating towards a charitable cause, this is also true for any new household items. Donating items you no longer need is also a good idea after having a clear out.
You could aim to save paper waste by opting to receive electronic versions of letters, newspapers and notices. Alternatively, opt for printing on recycled paper and remembering to recycle as much as possible.
Turn off all devices
Many of us already probably make a conscious effort to switch off any lights or devices we’re not using. But consider setting yourself a reminder in the evening if you feel you could use prompting.
Dispose of disposables
Single use cups, bags, bottles and food containers might seem convenient, but not only are they expensive, they also generate a lot of waste! Nowadays there are many reusable products you can buy and shops have even introduced incentives that reward customers for not buying single use. Cafes offering money off a hot drink for bringing your own travel mug is a good example of this.
Discover more tips for living a sustainable lifestyle when you join the Low Carb Program.