Protecting our environment and preventing climate change are two of the most important things we can do in this day and age. Sustainable living isn’t as difficult as many people believe. Often, the smallest changes can add up to making a big difference! Many of us don’t think about our day-to-day actions as impactful, but with a change of mindset, we could help the planet out a lot more. Here are a few habits you can change to help the environment that don’t take too much extra effort.
Stop Buying Fast Fashion
“Fast fashion” refers to the practice of fashion companies making cheap clothing that breaks down quickly so that consumers continually have to replace it. The process of making these clothes is detrimental to our air and water quality, but you don’t have to contribute to it. You have options to make a more sustainable wardrobe that won’t impact the environment as much as consuming fast fashion clothes will.
Eat a More Plant-Based Diet
You don’t need to become a vegan overnight, but the demand for meat creates a lot of greenhouse gases that we can reduce with a small lifestyle change. So many plant-based options and substitutions are now available, and many don’t taste all that different from the real thing. By choosing to eat a more plant-based diet, you can improve your personal health and the health of the planet.
Reduce Car Use
If we’re honest with ourselves, one of the habits we can change to help the environment is to reduce how much we use our cars. Many people drive their vehicles short distances for no reason other than convenience. If fewer people were constantly driving their cars, we could make a huge dent in our collective carbon footprint.
Reduce Water Usage
Taking shorter showers, using an efficient showerhead, not leaving the faucet running—all these small habit changes help conserve our water supply. Water is one of our most precious resources, and anything we can do to reduce our water consumption is a good thing. We can help make sure future generations don’t have to worry about water by changing our habits now.
Be Mindful Of What You Throw Away
It’s easy to get into the habit of tossing things in the trash when we no longer need them. However, if you consider what you throw away a little more, you might find that there are better options. You can recycle plastic and paper, donate old clothes rather than throw them away, and resell items you bought that you no longer want. Mindfulness is the key to a lot of things in our lives, sustainability included.