“Sustainable living means a lifestyle that uses as few of earth’s natural resources as possible, to create the least amount of environmental impact for our future generations.”
But where do we start and how do we practice it?
The good thing with sustainability living is that you can adapt to it quickly without making drastic changes to your current lifestyle, and it doesn’t have to cost you anything. Some elements of sustainable living involve changing your food and/or consumable choices to lower the environmental impact. The advocates are willing to make bigger changes to their lifestyle to help reserve the earth’s energy in a more significant way.
What are the things that we can do to practice sustainable living for free?
· Reduce Energy usage by using daylight as much as possible, unplug devices when not in use and switch off lights when you leave a room
· Reduce your food waste, only buy and cook what you can eat
· Reduce, Reuse, recycle: Reduce purchasing by thinking twice if you truly need it. Reuse glass, plastic, metals where suitable. Dispose of waste properly such as paper recycling, plastic container recycling and disposal of food scraps in compost bins.
· Stop unwanted mails and emails
· Save water by taking shorter showers
Some actions you can undertake to create a bigger impact:
· Swap to energy efficient light bulbs
· Use natural cleaning products instead of commercial products that contain chemicals and additives
· Buy products with less packaging or product packaging that can be recycled
· Eat locally instead of imported foods
· Use reusable shopping bags instead of plastic bags
· Use reusable cups or bottles instead of single use paper and plastic cups
· Use reusable cutleries instead of single use plastic cutleries
· Use reusable bamboo or metal straws instead of plastic straws
· Swap liquid body wash in plastic containers to zero waste soaps
· Swap synthetic cleaning sponges to compostable loofah sponges
· Consider natural organic cotton and/or bamboo fashion, or choose sustainable materials
For those that want to give sustainable living a go without a big investment, we have an affordable starter pack that helps you go beyond the small lifestyle changes so you can make a bigger and quicker impact. For existing advocates, it is a pack that lets you trial our product range and build your confidence in the products we offer to you.
The pack includes three Sustainable Homeware categories:
Shopping - Cotton produce bags to replace plastic bags to hold fruits and vegetables. These cotton mesh bags are reusable and washable. They allow the fresh produce to breathe through the cotton which prolongs their life when storing. These bags can double as a wash bag for your clothes. They last a long time, but if they get to a state that is no longer suitable to use, they are biodegradable.
Dish Cleaning – Loofah sponges are made from Loofah plants, dried and made into sponge for kitchen and bathroom cleaning. It has good cleaning properties due to its natural scrub-like texture. It is compostable in your compost bin at the end of its life. Imagine the number of synthetic sponges you save from landfill by switching to loofah sponges.
Personal cleaning – Bamboo is a popular eco-friendly material. Bamboo requires little water to survive, absorbs twice the amount of carbon dioxide than trees, and produces more oxygen than most plants and trees. Bamboos are naturally pest resistant, biodegradable, antifungal and antibacterial. Replacing plastic toothbrushes with Bamboo toothbrushes is one of the most impactful actions you can take towards sustainability.
Remember, little effort from a lot of us can make a big difference. We hope you come onboard with us on the sustainability journey. :)