According to Earth Policy Institute, the earth’s temperature has risen by 0.8 degrees Fahrenheit since the industrial revolution. This means that if we don’t reduce carbon emissions, the temperatures will continue increasing. When not controlled, the carbon emissions will affect our plants, animals, the environment, and well-being. For these reasons, it’s vital that we live sustainably.
If you want to live a more sustainable lifestyle, you should start by thinking about the choices you make on a daily basis. Below are four helpful tips on how to live a more sustainable life.
Travel more sustainably
Air travel accounts for approximately 2% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, using the train or carpooling may be better alternatives. However, if you have to travel by plane, you may want to search for flights that use solar panels to reduce their carbon emissions.
The 3 Rs – reduce, reuse, and recycle are crucial to sustainable living. Recycling is one of the best ways to reduce the trash in our landfills. Unfortunately, only 23% of plastic bottles are recycled. When left in landfills, these bottles can take hundreds of years before they can fully decompose. This is why you should use reusable containers.
Here are three reusable things that you should consider:
- Instead of using plastic bags, use reusable fabric or canvas shopping bags
- Reuse PVC water bottles instead of plastic water bottles
- Use reusable silicone, stainless steel, or glassware containers instead of Styrofoam containers
Apart from saving the environment, using these reusable items will help you to save more money in the long run.
Eat less meat
Meat is the main source of protein, and some people cannot stop their urge for ribs or steaks. However, the meat industry does more harm to the environment than emissions from vehicles. Carbon emissions from the livestock industry are very high. For instance, cows alone emit more than 100kgs of methane every year. This greenhouse gas is 23 times heavier than C02. Additionally, meat processing companies use millions of gallons of water every year.
While not eating meat will help to protect the environment, how will you meet your protein needs?
There are alternative plant-based proteins that will provide your body with proteins, minerals, and vitamins. According to a No Evil Foods review, plant-based meats are great meat alternatives that can reduce climate change.
Grow your food
Visiting your local grocery store for a new batch of vegetables and fruits may be more convenient. However, a lot of energy is used to grow and deliver these products from the farm to the store. According to BBC News, the production of these foods contributes a ¼ of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
The production of these foods harms the environment through the use of toxic fertilizers and pesticides. Additionally, there’s machinery needed to plant, grow, and also harvest the crops. Finally, there are fuel emissions when transporting the products to the store. Therefore, starting a garden can limit the emission of harmful greenhouse gases.
Changing your habits a little at a time will help you to lead a more sustainable life. Start your journey to sustainability by incorporating some or all the above ideas regularly. Whether it’s traveling sustainably, recycling items, adopting an eco-friendly diet, or growing your food, choose what works best for you and lessen your impact on the environment.