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5 Steps To A More Sustainable Life

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Jun. 28 2019, Published 4:03 a.m. ET

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With a rapidly changing climate landscape, we are more encouraged now than ever to make small changes to our lifestyle to live a more sustainable life. And with the rise and success of eco-friendly brands around the world it is clear that consumers are actively seeking out companies committed to improving the environment. It’s refreshing to see people looking outwards to make a real change to their environment. Explore these five ways to live a little greener.

1. Eat Your Way To A Greener Life

Not everyone has the time to prepare their lunch ahead of the working day and instead opt to buy their daytime meals from nearby shops/restaurants. However, many of these ‘on-the-go’ options come in some form of single use plastic packaging. Set aside 15 minutes every evening to prepare your lunch for the next day using your own Tupperware and you’ll drastically reduce your use of plastic – as well as saving yourself a lot of money too!

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2. Step Back To Simpler Times

Did you know that milk deliveries are still a regular occurrence in some parts of the country, including major cities such as London. Ditch the plastic bottled milk available in supermarkets and sign up for regular deliveries of milk and a variety of juices in milk bottles straight to your door!

3. Help The Environment With Every Hair Wash

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Shower gels, bubble baths, shampoos and conditioners are regular household buys that bring plastic into the home. Why not think about the alternatives to these everyday products that come in more sustainable forms; swap up your shower gel and even your shampoo for high quality solid forms instead. While you’re reducing your plastic use in the bathroom, cutting your shower time down by just a few minutes will also contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle.

4. Buy Seasonal And Stay Sustainable

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Seek out your local green grocer or food market to buy fruit and vegetables where possible. Not only do seasonal ingredients taste a lot better, but their consumption is a lot more sustainable requiring lower levels of artificial input. Buying fruit and vegetables in this way also comes with the attached advantage of supporting local businesses as well as reducing consumption of plastic too!

5. Keep The Heat Inside To Stop The Planet Warming On The Outside

You can never rely on the weather for too long and thus you might be too eagerly turn up the thermostat. Invest in cavity insulation to reduce heat loss and consequently turn down your thermostat – turning it down by just one degree.
 

THIS PIECE WAS WRITTEN BY CHARLOTTE GIVER AND ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON YOUR COFFEE BREAK.

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