Creating a sustainable life can be a challenge, and it’s hard to know where to start. These five sustainable life hacks will help you save the planet, and your wallet.
Go Plastic Free
Plastic is incredibly durable, and unfortunately, that means it doesn’t go away easily. There are billions of pounds of it that no one knows what to do with. The best thing we can all do to help the situation is to go plastic-free. Here are a few hacks to get you started.
- Use reusable bags when you shop.
- Trade your plastic water bottles for a reusable water bottle.
- Get a metal straw to replace single-use straws.
- Try to avoid buying products and foods that are wrapped in plastic when you can.
This hack will help you achieve a highly sustainable life, while also saving you some money.
- Solar energy isn’t just a renewable resource, it’s also the cleanest renewable resource.
- Its production and use don’t release harmful greenhouse gases into the air.
- It doesn’t pollute or destroy water.
- Solar power won’t run out until the sun does.
- Thanks to the popularity of community solar projects, you don’t need to buy solar panels. You can sign up to choose solar now with no fees or installations.
Clean With Green
You can make natural cleaning solutions at home that are better for you and the environment. They’re also cheaper than store bought. The top natural cleaning hacks include:
- Cleaning windows with a solution of one part vinegar and four parts water. Mix it up and throw it in a spray bottle for best results.
- For clogged drains, pour half of a cup of baking soda down the drain. Then pour half of a cup of vinegar. Cover the drain with a cloth, wait ten minutes, and then the blockage should wash away with hot water.
- For a good general cleaner, make a paste with half of a cup of baking soda and two tablespoons of vinegar. Once it stops fizzing, use it to scrub dishes, tubs, counters, and almost anything else.
Eco-friendly outfits have been in style for a while now, they’ve even dominated New York Fashion Week. Here’s what to look for when shopping for sustainably made clothing:
- Avoid synthetic fabrics like polyester and nylon. They’re made from petroleum, coal, air, and water. They also require a lot of energy to produce.
- Look for natural fibers like hemp and linen, which grow with little water and no chemical input.
- Don’t overbuy. Every year millions of clothes end up in landfills because they were thrown out or never bought in the first place.
- Consider buying used clothes or hosting clothing swap parties to switch up your wardrobe.
- Beware of fake green products. Always check labels to make sure that clothing claiming to be green actually is. Some will say they’re eco-friendly but still use synthetic products.
Grow Your Own Food
It’s easy for us to head to the grocery store to pick up fruits and vegetables every week, but it isn’t easy on the environment. In fact, producing these foods on mass scales releases greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. Growing your own food can help offset the financial and environmental cost, but here are a few other reasons to grow your own food.
- Food in its rawest form is more nutritious.
- You’ll save money on your grocery bill.
- An outdoor garden gets you exercise and sunlight, which is important for you as well as the plants.
Now that you know these five hacks to the sustainable life game, get started. This is just the beginning of your journey to self-reliance, eco-friendliness, and living your best sustainable life.