As a society, we need to do more to protect our planet, right? From pollution to climate change, waste to overconsumption, there are so many environmental problems that need urgent action.
You might be thinking...living in a more eco-friendly way can only mean expense and inconvenience, right? Not at all! It doesn’t have to be that way. There are lots of small things you can do that are both EASY and FREE. That are actually possible in amongst the whirlwind of life with tiny people.
My family and I are on a journey to live more sustainably, and I’d love to share with you what we’re learning. Sometimes we do lots of good things to reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose….and sometimes we slip up.
I believe sustainable living is all about progress over perfection. Near enough is good enough!
So, where do you start with living more sustainably? Here are 7 easy and affordable (often free!) ways to start your sustainable living journey.
1. Let’s start with super simple reusables
There are lots of single-use, disposable items that can be replaced with reusables.
Chances are, you’ll probably have some items lying around at home that you can use straight away. If you're interested in purchasing some specific items, there are loads of beautiful eco options out there.
➡️ Swap plastic shopping bags for reusable bags
➡️ Swap takeaway coffee cups for a reusable coffee cup
➡️ Swap plastic water bottles shopping bags for a reusable water botttle
TOP TIP: Many cafes now give discounts for bringing your own coffee cup. Zero waste AND cheaper 🙌
Photo by Responsible Cafes
2. Move with the lowest carbon footprint
I get it. Moving about with tiny people is no mean feat.
There’s the oversized nappy bag of endless items you might need. There’s the possibility of crying bouts or a “No. 3” nappy at any point 🤦♀️
But…on the upside...getting out and about on foot...
✔️May lull your tiny person to sleep in the pram
✔️ Is a chance to actually squeeze in some exercise for you(!)
✔️ Gets everyone out in fresh air and natural environment, which is wonderful for your mindset
TOP TIP: When you’re needing to travel somewhere, think about the lowest carbon footprint option you can use:
Photo by EasyEcoTips
3. Swap those single-use plastics
More than you probably realise….
Single-use plastics are only used once before they are thrown away, find their way into our waterways, or are recycled. Things like plastic bags, straws, cling wrap, and water bottles.
It’s SO EASY to make some simple swaps!!
➡️ Using cling wrap for covering food? Try airtight plastic or glass containers, beeswax wraps or silicon stretch wraps instead.
➡️ Using flimsy plastic produce bags at the supermarket? Go ‘nude’ with your fruit and veggies, or use lightweight hessian or mesh produce bags.
➡️ Using plastic straws in drinks? Switch to a paper straw or a reusable steel one.
TOP TIP: For those times you can’t avoid single-use soft plastic, collect them in one spot. You can drop your soft plastics into your nearest REDcycle collection bin. There are participating supermarkets all around Australia.
Photo by Brooke Art Studio
4. Make Mondays Meat Free
Reducing your meat consumption is one of the simplest things you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. Raising animals for food requires huge amounts of land, food, energy, and water.
But what do we eat instead, you ask? There are so many mouth-watering meals that don’t need meat to be the hero, like...
✔️Vegetable & chia lasagne
✔️Sweet corn & zucchini fritters
✔️Pulled jackfruit & Mexican bean bowl
Photo by Amanda Rose Official
5. Let’s save that water
Here’s a seriously simple tip to live more sustainably that you’ll hardly even notice.
Use less water.
There are lots of easy ways to do this that will also save you money!
✔️Use eco-friendly cycles for your dishwasher and washing machine.
✔️Use the timer on your phone for your showers.
✔️Fix leaking taps.
Photo by Aqua Bumps
6. Discover preloved
Did you know...
...that the fashion industry is reported to be the second most polluting industry in the world?
...that 6,000 kgs of clothing end up in a landfill in Australia every 10 minutes?
One of the most sustainable actions you can take is to shop preloved.
➡️ Some smaller players are making it an easier + better experience to shop preloved too. *Hint, hint.
7. Take it digital
We all know that our mobiles have permeated every aspect of our lives.
A recent study by Silentnight found that the average person now spends more time on their phone and laptop than sleeping.
How can we make sure we’re using all of this incredible technology for good, too?
Take whatever you can digital.
➡️ Still getting some bills mailed to you? Switch them to email notifications. Flicking over some of the most frequent mail outs, like bank statements, takes mere seconds on an app.
➡️ Using Google 20 (ok maybe 60) times a day? Switch to Ecosia as your default search engine. It gives 80% of its revenues to plant trees. It’s completely free and works just like other search engines.
➡️ Still using paper planners and lists? Use a free app like Trello to make boards, lists, and cards that help you organize and prioritize your life.
So that’s it! 7 easy ways to live more sustainably
But you know what I think needs to be recognised more?
Sustainable living is a journey.
Life happens. Babies are a rollercoaster, work/life is a juggle…you’re doing the best you can to somehow make it all work! Choose progress over perfection.
And another thing? Take advantage of any way to make sustainable living easier.
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