Everyone is encouraged to change their lifestyle for the sake of the environment. But then, many things stop consumers from living a sustainable life. They say a sustainable lifestyle is more expensive. This is not always the case.
A sustainable lifestyle can actually help you save more money. You get to help in protecting the environment and even improve your health at the same time. You can start by shopping more sustainably.
Buy Sustainable Products
When out shopping, it is best to stick to natural and organic materials. These usually last longer, were produced with no harmful chemicals and can save you money in the long run. Disposing of sustainable products is also more eco-friendly.
Instead of products made from plastic, choose eco-friendly materials like wood. Products with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label are the best choice. There are tons of products these days that are more eco-friendly sustainable than the rest.
For instance, you plan on buying your new phone a new case. Instead of the regular cases in the market, choose engraved custom wood phone cases. You get to enjoy a personalized phone case that is actually more durable than plastic cases.
Don’t forget to check the businesses you buy products from. Choose local brands that now have better and more sustainable practices. It also helps that they are packaging their products with eco-friendly packaging.
Say No to Plastic Waste
As much as possible, stick to store-bought items with little to no plastic packages. The market is filled with single-use plastics that don’t usually end up getting recycled. The best way to reduce your plastic waste is to avoid paying for one.
When out grocery shopping, bring your own eco-bag and reusable containers. You can ask store employees to place what you buy in whatever reusable container you have on hand. Pack all things you buy on your eco bag to avoid paying for plastic bags.
Say goodbye to plastic straws and cutleries. When eating out, choose to bring your own spoon and fork. You get to be sure that your cutleries are clean and you won’t need to ask for a plastic spoon and fork.
Buy Second-Hand Items
One might think that there is no reason to buy used items when you can actually afford brand new stuff. But then, remember that almost all things depreciate over time. Why pay for the full price when you can get items in decent conditions in exchange for more savings?
There are many things you can buy used. This includes books, furniture, clothes, shoes, and bags. You get to find unique and vintage items, explore your style, and use this as a great bonding strategy with your loved ones.
Note that there are certain items worth skipping when buying secondhand. For instance, used makeup can come contaminated with microorganisms that can make you sick or even cause an acne breakout. You can never tell who was the last one who tried and tested that cheap makeup that was barely used.
Some old toys may contain lead paint that is harmful if your kids decide to like or chew on them. Other toys in thrift stores can actually be recalled toys. These can be harmful even for kids who are never left unattended.
Upcycle Your Old Stuff
Do you often find yourself throwing away old items are they no longer suit your needs? Before you do, consider upcycling. Giving new life to discarded materials is a great way to reduce your shopping and gain new items.
For instance, those old jeans that no longer fit you. Instead of selling or discarding these, turn them into something new, like a denim bag, cute accessories, or even a rug or basket. You just need to let your creativity do its job or watch a few DIYs for inspiration.
You can even start your own small business out of upcycled materials. Just as you want to reduce your impact on the environment, many other consumers are willing to support businesses with the same purpose. Make sure to be transparent, mention in your marketing that you are upcycling for the sake of the planet, and you can start growing your customers.
Skip Online Shopping
Many people have this idea that shopping online is better for the environment. They get to eliminate the need to travel to stores, thus reducing their carbon emission. But in reality, online shopping can be more damaging to the environment.
According to a study, in-store shopping is more eco-friendly than online shopping. This is because of the following reasons.
- Online shopping involves buying a few items per transaction
- Deliveries involve many processes which emit carbon emissions
- Packages are often filled with non-biodegradable stuff
- Online shopping involves electronics use, which sucks up energy
Shopping sustainably does not have to be difficult. All it takes is a little bit of research, better shopping habits, and the willingness to make a few adjustments. With the help of these tips, you can start living a more sustainable lifestyle.