Nobody is asking you to radically change your lifestyle overnight. You’ll be able to make small changes that have a real impact. Patch that hole in your jeans, turn off the water tap or buy your vegetables from your local grocer; every small action contributes to the creation of a more sustainable global economy. One day at a time, you can start with making more sustainable choices, engage in a more meaningful way with brands and companies around you, and hereby create a more environmentally conscious way of life.
Ever since the Industrial Revolution (18th-19th century), the approach of governments and businesses towards the use of our planet’s resources was based on a linear model.
The long term negative effects of this model however, only became clear in the decades after it had been normalised in people’s behaviour. To this day, to change the linear structure of our global economy and to make humans aware of its’ social and environmental implications, has proven to be the most difficult task.
Luckily enough we have witnessed a global awakening in the past few years. As a society we are starting to understand that there is a better model needed to feed, cloth and warm our ever growing population. A circular model. This new model aims to create a close-loop system, reducing the use of finite resources and the creation of wastes, pollution and carbon emissions.
To become a part of this circular model as an individual and to adopt the principles of sustainable living, it is important to understand that our own actions matter. Each day, we make hundreds of little decisions regarding the products we use and trash, the food we eat, how we travel and the places we choose to spend our time. Therefore making informed choices is the first step towards a more sustainable lifestyle.
This is not to say that sustainable living means you reach behavioural perfection and live your life with zero impact on the environment. Only a few of us will probably be able to do so. It is important however, to be informed and make sure you have the knowledge needed to understand what living in a sustainable way means and how to reduce the negative effect of your actions on this planet.
A first step in adopting a sustainable lifestyle is implementing the principles of the mantra Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. These are three easy concepts you could integrate into your daily life to minimize your impact on the environment.
Reduce the amount of products, goods and resources you consume on average. This doesn’t necessarily mean to eat less or to use less products, but to make conscious choices that lessen the amount of waste you produce. For example, you could diminish energy waste by switching off the lights when you’re not in the room and by trying to avoid buying single-use items. Reusing is all about trying to get as much as you can out of existing products before buying new ones. Get that pair of jeans fixed before running to the store, buy second-hand products or repurpose those old wine bottles into a chandelier. If the product really has no use to you anymore you can try to give it away, swap it or sell it. Recycling is a way to dispose of the product in order for it to be reduced to source material for new products. This method could downgrade the value of the original material and therefore, it would be better to find it another purpose or owner. We can adopt these three concepts into our daily lives to begin minimizing our personal carbon footprint.
At ECo we’ve created some helpful guides to help you build your sustainable life in the easiest way possible. We’d like to share these tips with you to get you started on the conscious path towards sustainable living.
To make your home a more sustainable environment we recommend you to take a look at the benefits of renewable energy. Did you know that by installing a small solar system in your home you could save around 1.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions and 800 € each year? Do you want to learn more about how to turn your home into an eco-friendly paradise? Download our free Eco Guide to start saving on even more costs.
Second of all we have to talk about food. The food industry is one of the biggest polluters on earth and produces 25% of all greenhouse gas emissions. A way to contribute to a more sustainable model of food production is to buy local, seasonal and organic products and goods. You will not only enjoy a better quality and taste, but also help reduce plastic pollution, food waste and CO2eq emissions. It’s a win-win situation!
For the globetrotters in our community we’ve put together some useful tips on how to make your next trip a more environmental friendly one. The simplest way to make a difference is to book eco-friendly accommodations and transportation. Whether you’re looking for a 5-star resort or an intimate and cozy bed and breakfast, book your stay in places truly committed to reducing their carbon footprint. Take public transport whenever you can to reduce carbon emissions. Statistics show that hotels that implement sustainable practices can reduce their energy, water and food waste up to 75%. Check out our Eco Guide on travel for some more sustainable insights and tricks.
Sustainable Living can be described as the way in which you take into account the impact of your daily habits on the environment. There are many ways in which you can make small changes in your day-to-day life that really have a positive effect on the planet and the environment around us. But why should we make this effort? Because the future of our planet depends on the changes we make today. If each and everyone of us adopts the concepts of sustainable living we can make a difference and secure the livelihoods of future generations on earth.