Five Simple Ways to Start Sustainable Living

Sustainable living, a.k.a green living, means making daily lifestyle choices that learn toward sustainability and limiting your carbon footprint.

 
 

If we only have one planet and we only have one body, why do we treat them so badly? We know how bad pollution is to the environment, in fact, due to the coronavirus and the reduced carbon footprint due to social distancing, some of the most polluted cities have cleared up.


Here are five simple things you can do to help improve our world and the environment we live in:

  1. Use reusable alternatives: Single-use products, especially plastic ones, wind up in landfills or the ocean and cause extreme harm to wild life and the environment. In addition, plastics are not safe to use with food due to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) that are in plastic. Instead, use glass and wooden items to eat with, such as wooden or coconut spoons and bowls.

  2. Buy from local businesses: I cannot stress this enough, when you buy from big businesses or from overseas, you are adding to the pollution caused by large manufacturers, or the pollution caused by ships to import/export goods and semi-trucks to transport cross country.

  3. Recycle and reuse: Remember to always recycle or use recyclable materials, but more importantly, reuse things such as glass bottles and mason jars. You can even use reusable bamboo lids and straws for your mason jars (we use the wide lids).

  4. Ditch Plastic: Choose things that are not made of plastic, even for simple things like tooth brushes. Instead, use wooden/bamboo tooth brushes such as these by CNVOILA.

  5. Use eco-friendly cleaning products: Cleaning products contain chemicals that are harmful to yourself, your family, wildlife, and the environment. We use essential oils and thieves from Young Living to make our own natural cleaning alternatives utilizing glass spray bottles.

  6. Drive less: According to the Union of Concerned Scientist's, "Our personal vehicles are a major cause of global warming. Collectively, cars and trucks account for nearly one-fifth of all US emissions, emitting around 24 pounds of carbon dioxide and other global-warming gases for every gallon of gas."

 

If we all share the common goal of taking care of and healing our planet, the world will be a greater place!

 

-Justin & Ashley


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