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18 March 2020 | 5 min read

10 Easy Ways To Bring Sustainability Into Your Life

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Every day we see alarming headlines on the screen announcing that the Earth’s climate is changing for the worse. Water is getting scarcer by the day, food is at the risk of being over-processed, and farmland is shrinking by the day, which means that sustainable solutions is one of the core challenges in the world today.

When reading these headlines, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the staggering state of affairs, and feel hopeless about the future. It’s hard to think that one person can contribute to a change. But what if we told you that by making ten simple changes to your lifestyle, you could turn things around for the better? Have a look for yourself:

Invest In A Metal Water Bottle

Most of us haven’t had to do this since school, but carrying our water bottles is one of the best ways to ensure that we reduce our reliance on plastic, as well as stay hydrated throughout the day. Bottled water is a worldwide contributor to some of the most significant droughts in the world, and making this one simple change can ensure you don’t contribute to this crisis and live a more sustainable life in the process as well.

Carry Your Tote Bag

The best thing you can do for the environment is to reduce reliance on single-use plastic. Unfortunately, in our country, everything from vegetables to medicines is sold in thin plastic bags that go on to enter the oceans and get stuck in landfills. By carrying your bags when you go shopping, you’re making a huge difference!

Make Sure Your Switches Are Off!

You probably think that when your switches remain on, and nothing is plugged in, no electricity is getting wasted. But that’s not entirely true, in most cases, devices go into standby mode, still using some power, which can end up being a giant waste in the long run. Better still – switch off your gadgets for a few hours every day – it is quite a smart and sustainable idea.

Put A Brick In Your Flush Tank

In most cases, flushes use way more water than is required, and considering they are always filled up can be a giant waste of water. By adding a brick into your flush tank, you can save about half a liter of water per flush, which works out to… well, you do the math.

Think About Big Purchases

Sometimes it’s hard to cut out the smaller things from our lives, such as plastic and water waste entirely, but that’s okay, as long as we’re conscious of our more significant purchases. If you’re serious about living sustainably, without changing your lifestyle much, look out for hybrid car options, energy-efficient electronics, and do some research on the fashion brands you consume to see how sustainable their products are. A little research can go a long way.

Chose To Have A Smaller Family

This one’s a no brainer, but the world’s population can’t currently handle the number of people on the planet. By choosing to have a smaller family — a limit of two children — you’re already contributing significantly to helping save the planet!

Pick Smart Alternatives

When choosing between two options, there is always a choice to choose one that impacts the environment in a less negative manner. Take for example – banking. While banks are an essential instution in any society, make sure you choose a bank that stands for sustainabilty and green inititiatives like digital banking and paperless transactions. digibank by DBS is all that and more – not only is it one of the Safest Bank in the world, it also allows you to conduct all your banking operations right from your phone. Talk about merging sustainabilty with convenience – find out more here.

Minimise Waste

Again this is a no-brainer, but it’ll shock you to see how much waste the average Indian family discards daily. Start diving up the trash between wet and dry waste, and try your best to reduce the amount of dry waste you throw in the trash. That includes far fewer cans, plastic bottles, and plastic bags.

Repair Don’t Replace

Often there is a tendency to throw things out once their broken — phones, for instance, or laptops. But by instead opting to repair these appliances, we’re giving them a fresh lease of life, in effect reducing both waste and our consumerism. This can have a massive benefit in the long run.

Use Public Transport And Carpool

Sure, it isn’t always easy to use public transport in India, there are too many people for the journey ever to be comfortable. But by opting for the occasional bus over the rickshaw, a small sacrifice can turn into a huge benefit. Similarly, with carpooling — find a friend who lives near you and alternate driving/riding days.

Bonus Tip – Avoid Meat & Fancy Foods

Unpopular opinion but must be said. The more imported the food is, the more likely it is to be bad for the environment. Embracing vegetarianism, on the other hand, should be easy in a country like India, and unless your meat comes from a local farm, chances are it’s had to travel a long way to your plate. This has a massive negative impact on the environment, as well as the ultimate goal — which is to live a completely sustainable lifestyle.

by Sagar Shah
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