To avoid a climate catastrophe, we must learn how to live sustainably. It is likely that many of us have grown up without giving it much though as we’ve been conditioned to ignore and dismiss the very real dangers that come with destroying our planet. I’ve come up with some tips on how to get started living more sustainably. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.
#1 Buy local as often as possible. Farmers Markets are a great way to buy your produce. Fruits and vegetables from a local vendor will most likely not be wrapped in excessive (or any) plastic, nor will they be shipped from hundreds (perhaps thousands) of miles away. Many of the vegetables sold here in Denmark are from Southern Europe or South America. Needless to say, that releases an incredible amount of C02 into the atmosphere. Buy local to avoid senseless waist.
#2 Choose sustainable products. Once you finish something (ie toothbrush, toothpaste, make-up, lotions, cleaning products, etc), try looking for a more sustainable alternative. Genuinely eco-friendly products are becoming more accessible and can often be found in supermarkets. You no longer have an excuse for not owning a bamboo toothbrush!
#3 Stop being so wasteful. We’ve all gotten use to paper towels and plastic bags, cutlery, bottles, etc. Bring your own tumbler to the coffee shop! Carry your own cutlery for when you know you’re getting take-away and make sure to have an emergency tote-bag for when you unexpectedly have to carry something.
#4 Re-use what you already have. A stained t-shirt can be cut up into squares and used as a cleaning rag. Cardboard boxes, shoe boxes, and cereal boxes can be used as shipping, gift, or storage containers. Wine bottles can be used to hold candles and glass jars make great looking cups (trying refreshing your Instagram feed and you’ll see what I mean). You get the idea!
#5 Do a little gardening. Growing your own food is incredibly rewarding. You can grow herbs in a small pot in your kitchen. Tomatoes and strawberries only require a balcony and small boxes to grow in. Having plant-life in your home is aesthetically charming and is nice small step towards self-sufficiency.
Remember; living more sustainably does not mean being perfect. Focus on what you can do, not what you cannot. Every small step is a step in the right direction!