Fix the leaking tap, buy local products, turn off the light when you leave the house, drive less, cycle more etc. Simple right ? These are just a few easy tips that make our live more sustainable. Do you ask yourself why you should make an effort and take these steps? First of all because you are not living on this planet alone. The ecological way of life for many people is a way of saving the natural world - plants, as well as animals and their habitats. There are already about 7 billion of us in the world, and our impact on earth as a planet is greater than any other living species. For some people ecology and sustainability are commonsense solutions that help to protect the air, food and the climate as well as our own health.
Certain solutions allow us to save money on bills, food or clothes. But let's be honest - we'll save on some ecological solutions and spend more money on other things, such as eating food with an ecological certificate.
Here are a few tips for a sustainable and ecological everyday life. And in this case, what is good for the environment is also good for your wallet!
1. Don't waste water:
- wash in the clogged sink drain or use a dishwasher
- don't rinse the fruits and vegetables under running water, better to use a bowl with water
- take a shower instead of a bath
- turn on the shortcut program in the washing machine
- if you have a garden - collect rainwater
2. Don't buy packaging
- choose products on the scale rather than packed
- whenever possible, buy products without packaging or at least in large packages
- use reusable shopping bags
3. Buy local and seasonal
- try to buy food that is produced at least on the same continent as where you live
- buy what is growing or fruiting this season
- look around the local bazaars; see if there is a food collector in the area who collects food from local, friendly farmers. (for example ger. SoLaWi, eng. CSA, pl. Lokalny Rolnik)
4. Save electricity
- invest in light bulbs or modern fluorescent lamps
- choose the highest energy efficiency appliances
- choose short programs in dishwashers and washing machines
- turn off the stand-by function in appliances
- remember to turn off the light as you leave the house
5. Sort your garbage
- the less leftovers will hit the rubbish dump, the better
- if you live in a place that doesn't offer a selective collection of trash, find the nearest points to drop by.
- if you can, build a composing box for the organic waste
6. Pay attention to the certificates
- it is worth getting to know ecological certificates, which are by no means limited to food.
- try to buy ecological cotton t-shirts, sustainable wood bookcases, cosmetics made from natural ingredients etc;
7. Don't buy (extreme version)
- from time to time we have to go shopping, but every time we should consider whether what we want to buy is really needed and whether we will use it
- better buy a used item or borrow
Good luck !