From cherishing our time with family and friends to learning to use limited resources, the pandemic made us realise that sustainability is the only way forward. Even though sustainability or living a sustainable living is not a new concept in India, thanks to all the traditional “nuskhas” our grannies passed on. However, with the current fast pace lifestyle, these simple hacks were lost to time. Breaking the illusion that sustainable living may be possible is a time-consuming action. Here are some easy and doable Beginners Hacks for Sustainable Living that will ensure REDUCE-REUSE-RECYCLE which means reusing, re-purposing and recycling to make things a part of our routine!
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Beginners Hacks for Sustainable Living and help reduce the global warming
1. Save energy
“Switch off the lights and fan before you leave the room!” is something every kid has heard growing up.
- Actually, energy is as simple as putting the switch off. But for bigger savings, one can replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. These last longer, consume less energy and are pocket friendly.
- Instead of drying the clothes in the washing machine, dry them in the sun, this will cut down your washing machine running time and power consumption.
- Keep doors and windows open for cross ventilation during the day, rather than depending on AC alone. Adding air purifying indoor plants will also cut your cost and power for air purifiers at home. These simple swaps make the house not just eco-friendly but give a refreshing vibe to your house.
2. Try to Reuse everything
- Do you remember that our grandmothers never disposed of anything? All the jars that came home were used to store spices, and big plastic containers of kids’ health drinks were used to store pulses and other dry ingredients. This practice helps cut down a lot on single-use plastic.
- Instead of taking plastic carry bags from shopping stores, grocery stores or vegetable vendors, carry your own cloth bag. Wash and reuse – this is the ultimate reuse policy!
- Start a simple indoor garden, and use those containers to grow plants indoors. Read this post and learn everything you need to start your own indoor garden.
3. MInimal or Zero Waste Living
- If you really want to turn your current lifestyle into a sustainable one, it’s time to forget about sales and random shopping sprees. It’s good to shop only for things that you really need. Reuse your old clothes and if there are clothes that you don’t need, donate them.
- Invest in good quality locally made materials.
- Use your creativity to make something new out of old clothes.
4. Carry your own bottle and cutlery
Remember when we were kids, picnics would mean, food was made and carried in utensils from home, plates, cutlery and water were also carried along. I remember my mother still having those big steel tiffins with multiple compartments. we carried it for our train rides and even local picnic weekends in the city. That’s exactly what we need to do today as well, carry your own bottle, and re-fill it whenever we can. Along with that one can carry straws, spoons, and forks, some stylish reusable bamboo wood cutlery is also available nowadays if you don’t feel like carrying steel ones.
5. Don’t dump the leftovers
It was only during the pandemic that people started experimenting with leftover food and other things. And understood that was because we all had limited resources to work with. This practice can now easily be made into a long-time routine. You use every bit of thing that you bring home. From food, fruits and vegetables, all the leftovers can be rightly used well. There are so many recipes online talking about recycling leftover dinner into tasty breakfast or lunch ideas.
Well, these are just the hacks, to begin with. Suitable living isn’t difficult, we just need to hold onto some long-term habits. Hope the post helps you break with some of the illusion that sustainable living may be possible. And these easy and doable Beginners Hacks for Sustainable Living could be a part of your routine.
So keep doing your bit for the earth and yourself, just ensure REDUCE-REUSE-RECYCLE
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