From Issue 4
It can be hard to keep up with our ever-modernizing society and even harder to find ways to live green. With everything available at the tap of a finger, it’s easy to forget to slow down and put sustainability at the forefront of your lifestyle. While it may seem daunting at first, incorporating small adjustments for the sake of the planet may be easier than you think. In fact, being an active community member is a great part of the solution.
Here are ten day-to-day tips for leading a greener lifestyle so that you can be eco-friendly life.
1: Limit your waste
We all know how fast our trash bins can fill up after a night of take-out. I have found that by limiting my trash bags in my household, it encourages me to use less single-use items and create less waste. You can even consider starting a compost pile with your produce scraps!
2: Charge your phone during the day
Many of us (myself included) are guilty of leaving our phones to charge overnight. This actually isn’t the best practice as after your phone is fully charged, the charger is still utilizing that power source and wasting a lot of electricity, which can add up in the long run. You can do your small part by allowing it to charge during the day and then unplugging it when it is fully charged.
3: Stay clear of fast fashion
When looking for your next outfit, buy from local brands. Steer clear of fast fashion when you can, as they are one of the largest polluters of clean water. Finding clothes from thrift stores or even repurposing old clothing is also an awesome way to lead a greener (and stylish) lifestyle.
4: Regrow your vegetable scraps
Did you know that you regrow some of the vegetables that you purchase from the supermarket? It’s simple, all you need is some sunlight and water for most plants. For example, green onions can be regrown by potting the bottoms and watering them. They only take about a week or two to grow! Other vegetables such as potatoes and onions can also work for your new home garden.
5: Reduce water waste
Have you seen those commercials that encourage you to turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth? They’re exactly right! Remember that at least a quarter of the world still does not have easy access to clean potable drinkable water and so saving every ounce helps you to be mindful of not only your effect but taking into consideration the situations of others.
6: Allot a day per week to interact with our natural environment
After being in lockdowns, it can be hard to remember to explore places outside of our own personal bubbles. However, it’s important to enjoy spending time with nature to connect ourselves with what we’re striving to protect. It will also help to put you in a mindset that is connected and caring.
7: Practice mindfulness
Having the proper mindset will lead you on the best path to living greener. That means connecting your heart, soul, and mind with the environment around you and being mindful of those around you.
8: Encourage others
I know spreading the word is probably the first thing you hear everywhere on ways to improve our environment but it works. Word of mouth has been used for as long as humans have been alive as a successful tactic in raising awareness. You can also do this by using your social media channels to amplify your voice to your audience.
9: Get involved with local NGOs
Many NGOs are looking for young people to help and support as volunteers and getting involved in local community work will help you live more sustainably and connect with others looking to do the same. It could be as simple as planting a tree or helping with a fundraiser.
10: Get informed
Lastly, getting informed about the state of climate and climate affairs in your country or surrounding countries can aid you in becoming a more environmentally concerned citizen. This includes learning about the state of the youth climate activism community in your area.