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9 Simple Ways to Live a More Sustainable Lifestyle

9 minute read / For the Environment

Maybe you’ve already been working towards a more sustainable lifestyle–like buying LED light bulbs and using a special blue bin just for recycling. You’ve even pictured yourself in your very own electric vehicle.

But for now, you want to know how to be more sustainable in the present. Right now. Luckily, we’re here to help you understand how to reduce your carbon footprint and live a more sustainable lifestyle. 

So follow along to learn how to be more sustainable right in your very own home.

#1 Turn Off Your Devices

When it comes to energy consumption in our home, reducing unnecessary use makes a big difference. Not only will your electric bill be cheaper if you remember to turn off your devices, but you’ll also be reducing your carbon footprint. Win-win.

Here are a few devices that are easily overlooked (because, hey–every device counts):

If you have trouble remembering to turn your appliances off, try buying a few smart plugs. These devices allow you to plug in your everyday lamps and appliances into timed outlets, so they’ll turn off at a certain time even if you forget.

#2 Watch Out for Food Waste

When it comes to understanding how to reduce waste, avoiding food waste is a good first step. While opting for plant-based foods and sustainably-sourced ingredients is an excellent way to make your culinary creations more sustainable, it also matters what you throw away.

Tossing the remains of last week’s uneaten pasta might not seem like a huge impact, but it adds up. Every year, people in the United States waste 108 billion pounds of food.1 Not only is it a waste of resources, but that wasted food contributes to the greenhouse effect (no thank you, climate change).

Next time you go grocery shopping, try some of these tips to cut back on food waste:

#3 Use More Sustainable Cleaning Products

The products you use to make your bathtub and kitchen sink sparkle might come with superb cleaning power—but that doesn’t necessarily mean they help to keep the environment clean. 

To keep your home spotless without hurting Mother Nature, keep these tips in mind the next time you shop for cleaning products:

Sustainable cleaning supplies are not only great for keeping your home clean and your family protected but also reduce negative impacts on the environment. 

#4 Prepare or Pack Your Lunch at Home

Sustainable practices don't require drastic life changes, and a simple way to practice sustainability is by making your own lunch. We all love a lunch outing now and then, but driving to every lunch location puts you on the road more often and subsequently increases your carbon emissions. Packing your lunch for work, travel, and other outings is not only more sustainable—it will also save you from spending your downtime in traffic and dealing with long lines. 

Here are a couple of tips for packing your lunch each day:

#5 Use Reusable Containers

Yes, we mentioned this above–but it deserves a double mention.

Whether you’re meal prepping or preparing a dish to share at your next get-together, be sure to use reusable food containers. Glass containers are an optimum choice because they have a longer lifespan than their plastic counterparts. Plus, they’re recyclable and they can withstand the heat from the microwave, dishwasher, and oven.

But using reusables doesn’t have to end there. While grabbing bottled water from the fridge is quick and easy when you’re short on time, it only takes a few extra seconds to fill up a reusable bottle each day. Plus, you’ll save money and stay hydrated without having to rely on plastics.

#6 Use Sustainable Goods and Supplies

From your home office to your guest bathroom, the supplies you stock can help you keep your home earth-friendly from top to bottom. Whatever you buy regularly, there’s a chance you can find a more environmentally friendly option—from plastic-free pens to tree-free toilet paper. 

Yes, even toilet paper can be sustainable.

For instance, ECOS’ Treeless Toilet Paper is made from sugarcane waste and renewable bamboo, which–fun fact–grows significantly faster than most trees. Some types of bamboo can grow up to 4 centimeters per hour.

With some sustainable replacements, you can comfortably (and sustainably) use as much as you need when you need it.

#7 Pack Lightly

You might be considering whether you need five or six bathing suits for your three-day jaunt to the Bahamas. Maybe you’re strategically planning how to fit your favorite pair of jeans into your already crammed suitcase. Let’s be honest–when we venture away from home, how much we bring can affect our environmental impact.

Every pound of luggage on a flight means that the plane is going to emit more carbon emissions.5 Case in point? Less is more.

Bring the essentials, but don’t overdo it. Call your hotel and see if they have a laundry service or check to see if your Airbnb has a washer. If so, be sure to pack one of our ECOS Liquidless Laundry Detergent sheets to save you time, money, and carbon emissions.

#8 Avoid Single-Use Plastics

Have you ever thought about how much plastic you use on a daily basis? Plastic bags for late-night snack purchases at the 7-Eleven. Plastic water bottles to keep you hydrated jumping from one excursion to the next. The list goes on and on.

You can lessen your consumption of plastic by keeping a few reusable water bottles and tote bags around in places you use them the most—like in your car or in your kitchen. Plus, reusable items can be multifunctional. Just consider all the ways you can use a reusable grocery bag:

#9 Use Sustainable Transportation

Changing how you travel from A to B can help you build a more sustainable lifestyle in a big way. Consider that when you use just one gallon of gasoline, your car could emit as much as 8,887 grams of CO2.6

When you choose other methods of transportation instead, you can contribute to a cleaner environment while soaking in the scenery at a more leisurely pace (and save some gas money while you’re at it).

If you live in a rural area, carpooling, buses, and trains (if your area has them) may be the best bet. If you live in a city, however, you likely have a few more sustainable options, such as:

ECOS: Helping You Live More Sustainable Every Day

Sustainable living is possible—and it doesn’t have to change your entire lifestyle or break the bank. Whether you’re reading a book at home or are about to jet-set across the country, there are ways to do so sustainably.

If you’re interested in changing the planet through your day-to-day actions, ECOS has you covered. Look through our wide selection of sustainable cleaning products and pick out what you need to start living a more sustainable life today.

Made with plant-derived ingredients, ECOS cleaning products keep your house clean and work toward creating a more sustainable world–because every little bit helps.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Greenhouse Gas Emissions from a Typical Passenger Vehicle.
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