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How to Live a More Sustainable Life at Home

Sustainable living is something most of us know we need to do, but have no idea how to start or why it’s important?

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It can be overwhelming to try and make small changes in your lifestyle in order to live a more sustainable life at home. There are so many things that we need to think about - from the food we eat to the way we get around, to how we use energy.

At Cleanipedia, we understand that it can be pretty overwhelming at times, so that’s why we’re here to help. In this blog, we provide easy-to-follow tips on how to lead a sustainable life at home as well as an explanation of why it’s so important.

What Does Sustainable Living At Home Mean?

The word sustainable means to be able to be maintained or not to be depleted. So, when it comes to sustainable living, it refers to being able to live, using the earth’s resources, in a way that does not deplete them. This mainly refers to water, fossil fuels, and food, but can also be branched out to include your own resources like energy, mental health, and community health too.

Ways to Live A More Sustainable Life At Home

It’s great to be able to define sustainable living but how do you live a sustainable life at home in practical, real terms? We’ve chosen a few ways to live sustainably at home, which can be implemented easily and without much fuss in your everyday life. All it takes is a few simple changes really:

  • Start Recycling – by simply recycling. This is splitting your home waste into paper, plastic, glass and tin. By doing so, you can start to make a huge difference to the planet by lessening the load on landfills and the need for fossil fuels to deal with garbage.

  • Start Composting – separate all your food waste in a composting bin and create a usable compost heap at home. By composting food waste like vegetable and fruit peels, tea bags, and eggshells, you’ll soon start creating usable, rich compost that you can use in your garden.

  • Go Reusable – by using items like beeswax wraps, reusable straws, reusable shopping bags, reusable coffee mugs and water bottles, you’ll be able to start saying goodbye to single-use plastic which will have a huge impact on the environment.

  • Upgrade Your Lighting – by switching out all the lights and globes in your home to energy-saving or energy-efficient ones, you’ll be putting much less strain on the electricity grid, which means less need for burning of fossil fuels and less money spent on your electricity bill too.

5 Benefits Of Living A More Sustainable Life At Home

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Knowing what you have to do to be more sustainable is one thing, but knowing why you should do it, is quite another. Here are the five main reasons why sustainable living is actually beneficial to you:

Reduces carbon footprint

Reducing your carbon footprint means that you are putting less strain on the planet to create fuel for your needs. Using less electricity and more solar power, for example, is one way in which an individual can seriously reduce their carbon footprint and needs.

Saves on money

Money saving is very important to sustainable living. Imagine how much you would save, for example, if you grew your own vegetables and didn’t have to buy them from your favourite retailer. In all areas of sustainable living – from clothing to food – you are able to save money when you live a more conscious life.

Protects the environment

Natural resources like fuel, coal, oil and water are not unending, yet many people live and use them as if they are. By living sustainably, you are consciously choosing to not overuse the planet’s natural resources in order to protect them. It’s the simple mind shift change of using sparingly only what you need and never wasting.

Improves your health

Many people report that when they begin living in a more sustainable and conscious way, major parts of their life, like their physical and mental health, improve. Acts like growing your own vegetables and fruits free from pesticides and chemicals, cleaning your home with healthier detergents, and using less electricity and fossil fuels in the home, have a direct effect on how you feel about yourself and the world around you.

Making connections with your community

A big part of sustainable living is being community-driven, which can mean anything from buying local produce from farmers in your area to repurposing old clothing and donating to needy people in your community. When you live a more sustainable life, you open yourself up to connecting with more people who have produce or goods you need and therefore supporting the growth and sustainability of your community as a whole.

Why is living a more sustainable life important?

We only have one Earth which we are all dependent on. It is our responsibility to take care of our planet as it can only produce a finite number of resources. We ought to promote sustainable living for the survival of our well-being.

We offer so many insightful articles on Sustainability on Cleanipedia. Read our blogs today!

FAQs

How can we live sustainably at home?

Small meaningful changes are all it requires like recycling and composting. Read our blog above to find out more.

How many ways can humans live sustainably at home?

There are many ways that we can live sustainably by using less water, less electricity, and buying local produce.

What are the principles of sustainable living at home?

The main aim of sustainable living at home is to only use the natural resources you need, in the most minimal way possible without wastage.

What are the challenges of living a more sustainable life at home?

It can be costly to invest in certain elements like solar power to use less electricity but living sustainably will save you money in the long term.

Is changing your lifestyle to be more sustainable at home hard?

Not at all. You simply need to be aware and conscious and make the decision to change your habits.

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