5 Tips to Sustainable Lifestyle

Entering the 21st-century human beings had a choice. To live sustainably and protect our precious world or continue living a resource-guzzling lifestyle of the past and bring destruction upon ourselves.
Now two decades later, only a few in the world are practicing a sustainable lifestyle. This has led to – rising temperatures, changing climate, and destruction of the natural world, putting the very existence of the living world in question.
If only we could follow a sustainable lifestyle, we can reverse the tide.

Sustainable Lifestyle for the Uninitiated

A sustainable lifestyle is a way of life where one consumes fewer resources today so that future generations could meet their needs. It also means leaving a low carbon footprint by consuming less and help protect the environment.
In essence, sustainable living is a human-environment interaction that reduces pressure on the life-supporting systems of the Earth.
Here are five tips for a sustainable lifestyle.

1. Reduce your Consumeristic Instinct

Overconsumption is the biggest threat to the environment. Most times, we impulsively purchase things even when they do not add any intrinsic value to us. Each such unwanted goods we put in our cupboards adds to our carbon footprint.
How? The production of every product we purchase has an impact on the environment. Consider carbon emissions from the production centers, emissions while transporting the product to your doorstep, the plastic waste that the packaging involves, etc. Also, the disposal of these products impacts the environment too.
The way out is to reduce our consumeristic instinct. Be mindful while purchasing goods. By buying less stuff, you will make your life sustainable. You can follow the 30-day rule when planning to buy a thing. As per the rule, you had to wait for 30 days from the first time you decided to buy a thing and making the actual decision. Research suggests that this will eliminate impulse buying.
Next time you want to buy that fancy-looking purse while you already have two with you, be mindful and follow the 30-day rule.

2. Rethink Your Transport Options

If you want to take your car to your neighborhood supermarket, think again. Or want to take an airplane to travel to a near-home destination, think again.
For sustainable living, rethink your transport options. While commuting to the office, prefer carpooling or public transport. When visiting your neighborhood stores, walking or cycling would be the best choice. These activities also help you keep fit. And to reach the nearby destination, prefer a train over an airplane as the latter is a major air polluter.

3. Mind Your Power Consumption

How often do you put your phone on charge and leave it plugged in the whole night? Or how often do you switch on a light and forget to switch it off? These are subtle things that add to your carbon footprint.
Coal is the major source for producing electricity the world over. Thus, every unit of power you consume is contributing to environmental pollution. Be conscious and reduce your power consumption. Switch off power appliances when not using. Remember to switch off lights and fans while leaving the room.
You can also lead a sustainable lifestyle by choosing energy-efficient appliances. The star rating system in India devised by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and the Star Energy program being followed by countries like the USA, Japan, and others act as a guide to choosing energy-efficient appliances.

4. Choose Green Fashion

The fashion industry is one of the major polluting industries. The choice of your clothing and makeup brands will make a difference to the world.
Sustainable fashion brands like Ethic Attic, Pomogrenade, and others are providing customers with eco-friendly solutions. Similarly, many makeup brands have come up with organic products and microbes products to protect the environment.

5. Follow the RRR Formula

The mantra of a sustainable lifestyle is Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Wherever possible, try to reduce your consumption, reuse a thing instead of throwing it away, and recycle goods when reusability is not feasible.
You can add a fourth R to this formula that is ‘Recover’. Whatever is left behind after the RRR process can be turned into heat to generate power. This is known as recovery.

The Future Is in Our Choices

The choice we make today determines the future of our younger generations. Going for a sustainable lifestyle is the absolute need of the hour, and I am hopeful that we all make the right choice.

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