Easy Tips to Live More Sustainably

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By Amber Chen

So you may be asking why should I live a more sustainable lifestyle? Well, incorporating a sustainable lifestyle can reap a lot of benefits to not only the environment, but also improve your mental and physical health.

According to Sustainable Jungle, "sustainable living is a philosophy that aims to reduce personal and societal environmental impact by making positive changes which counteract climate change and other negative environmental concerns."

Here are five easy tips to reduce your carbon footprint and live more sustainably.

  1. Save Electricity - When possible, save electricity by taking advantage of natural lighting in your home. If possible, open up your windows and enjoy the sunshine. If you're not in a room, make sure to turn off the light. A little may go a long way!
  2. Reduce Shower Times - As much as a hot shower helps de-stress you at night, extra minutes can add up to gallons of water wasted. I highly recommend timing your showers to the length of a small playlist of songs. It's a fun way to jam to your favorite tunes, but also time your showers.
  3. Start You Own Mini Garden - That's right, grow your own veggies and herbs! You can start as simple as slicing off the ends of the bulbs of green onions and submerging them in water. As you start to build your mini garden, it'll be a great way for you to always have fresh herbs for any meal!
  4. Reusable Water Bottles & Straws - As you may have heard the movement to "Save the Turtles," plastic straws are not biodegradable and may end up in the ocean and harm sea turtles.
  5. Shop Second-hand - With the popularity of fast-fashion, we may always be tempted to want to hop on new trends and splurge on purchasing new clothes and items. However, according to Business Insider, "The fashion industry produces 10% of all humanity's carbon emissions, is the second-largest consumer of the world's water supply, and pollutes the oceans with microplastics." Thus, I recommend being more conscious with shopping and purchasing second-hand from thrift and vintage stores or second-hand online shops such as Depop or ThredUp.

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