5 SIMPLE WAYS TO LIVE A MORE SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE


Over the past decades, human action has caused our planet's face to change: climate change, extreme weather conditions, biodiversity loss, water shortages and crop failure are some of the severe consequences caused by us not living in a respectful symbiosis with our Earth's natural ecology. 


And this is why we need to act - now.


So, how can we start the new decade more sustainably?


Living sustainably is to take responsibility for the impact of our actions in a way that leaves things better off for the world. 

That means that we need to use resources in a way that maintains their supplies for the future - so being aware of your resource consumption and reducing unnecessary waste are key to live in harmony with our planet. 

1. EAT FOR THE PLANET


What we eat and how it was produced directly impacts our health and also our planet: implementing a balanced, locally-sourced, varied and plant-based diet is one of the best things you can do for yourself and our environment.


And did you know that eating less meat and dairy is described as 'the single biggest way to reduce your impact on Earth'? Research has shown that without meat and dairy consumption, we could reduce global farmland by more than 75% while still feeding the world. This would allow us to not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60% but also spare resources and save wild areas and wildlife. 


No meat and diary sounds too extreme for you? Why not try a vegan week every once in a while and see how you feel?


Try some delicious meat-free recipes from some of our fave veggie and vegan cooks: About That Food, Deliciously Ella, and Minimalist Baker.


And here is some food for thought:


What's wrong with what we eat / TED talk

Cowspiracy / Movie

The Game Changers / Movie

The Biggest Little Farm / Movie 

Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers / Science Journal


2. DITCH YOUR DAILY PLASTIC


Whenever you make a purchase, consider the piece's life expectancy: how long will I use it and can it be reused? Ditch as many single-use items in your life and replace them with reusable alternatives. 

The first, simple step to reducing waste is to ditch your daily plastic: 

- Swap plastic bottles and single-use coffee cups with reusable alternatives (try S'well Bottles, Frank Green or Keep Cup) and bring your own food container when you get take-away food (we like the ones from Black+Bum). 

- Bring your own grocery bag - avoid plastic bags by all means. 

-  Try bar soap or use refillable bottles to avoid plastic packaging

- Use a bamboo toothbrush.

- Find your local zero-waste bulk store and shop package-free.

For more tips and tricks on how to go waste-free head to Trash is for Tossers or Litterless.

3. WASH LESS



Did you know that by looking after your clothes, you can actively reduce your carbon footprint? We thought that’s a fact worth sharing with you. Read our Wash Guide to find out how you can actively reduce your carbon footprint by washing less. 

4. SAVE TREES



Planting trees is a great way to reduce carbon pollution. Here are a few easy things which you can do to save trees:

- Swap your normal toilet paper with recycled one - that way you can save trees, save energy and water. We love Who Gives a Crap who not only makes recycled toilet paper but donates 50% of their profit to building toilets around the world. 

- Use reusable cotton pads like the one on the picture and which will soon be available on our website. 

- Switch your browser to Ecosia and plant trees while searching the web. 

- Ask for email receipts.

5. REUSE, REDUCE, RECYCLE


              @litterless

Get creative and turn your trash into something usable (browse Pinterest for some cute trash-DIY-ideas!). DIYing is not your thing? Why not start with repurposing old glass jars by using them as plastic-free food storage containers or as a cheap and cute vase?

Always think: reduce, reuse, recycle. If you can't reduce, then reuse or upcycle your trash. Recycling should be the last step on an item's journey. Find out how to recycle correctly here.  

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