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How to Live More Sustainably

Feb 08, 2024
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With climate change happening at the fastest-ever recorded rate, leading a sustainable lifestyle has never been more important. This guide explores ten strategies for sustainable urban living, from growing your food to installing solar panels.

1. Grow your food

There’s no better way to reduce your carbon footprint than starting a garden. Growing your food keeps plastic and glass waste at bay while lowering carbon emissions from food transportation.

2. Avoid single-use plastics

Plastic bags, water bottles and single-use straws are one of the main causes of plastic waste. Opt for reusable or glass containers that can be easily cleaned to store leftovers. Alternatively, use paper or cardboard packages.

3. Start composting

Another sustainable living strategy is composting (recycling organic material into fertiliser to nourish the soil and plants). Potato skin, eggshells and fruit peels naturally decompose, making them great additions to your compost. This practice brings significant benefits, including:

• Reducing waste stream
• Improving soil health
• Conserving water
• Lowering food waste

4. Recycle

Recycling is the key to sustainable living. Each local council has its own recycling rules and routine, but some useful tips include:

• Squash plastic bottles and screw lids back on
• Recycle at the supermarket
• Empty and rinse your food waste
• Recycle dark-coloured tubs and trays
• Never put batteries in recycling
• Put compostable plastics in the general bin

5. Use less water

Water requires energy, meaning the more you use it, the higher the carbon and greenhouse gas emissions. Water-saving tips include the following:

• Take shorter showers
• Turn the tap off when you’re not using it
• Run the dishwasher and washing machine only when full
• Avoid throwing water down the sink
• Build smart drainage solutions to care for your plants

6. Shop locally

Shopping locally not only helps you lead a sustainable and healthy lifestyle but also supports local businesses. This is because the food at local markets lacks the toxins, chemicals and emissions associated with industrial agriculture.

7. Buy second-hand

The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry, so buying second-hand clothes can help. Head to vintage and charity shops and browse online garage sales.

Donating unwanted items is another way to reduce waste while contributing to a charitable cause.

8. Install solar panels

Solar panels convert the sun's energy into electricity, making them a great way to live sustainably. They bring great advantages, including:

• Producing renewable energy
• Lowering carbon footprint
• Cutting energy bills
• Generating electricity in all climates

9. Leave the car at home

According to government figures, transport is the biggest contributor to the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. Consider riding your bike or walking to work for a more sustainable lifestyle.

10. Unplug your devices

Most electronics use energy even when not used to download or run programs. Unplugging your devices when no longer needed can help you save on bills and reduce waste. Alternatively, installing smart plugs lets you control your appliances wherever you are and keep on top of your monthly spending.

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