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29 May 2019 | 5 min read

10 Incredible Ways To Bring Sustainability Into Your Life

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It’s 2019, and sustainability in all things we consume is no longer just a cool alternative but a necessity. Whether it’s food, clothing, or accessories, it is essential to invest in brands and products that help to reduce our global footprint while also mitigate environmental hazards.

Here’s a look at some of the smart yet easy ways in which we can add sustainability into our daily life, from greener shoes to more intelligent thermostats. Bookmark them right away.

Buy A Sustainable Pair Of Footwear

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The global footwear industry has a significant carbon footprint, as brands use a lot of energy to manufacture and transport their products. They also use petroleum to make components like rubber soles, which only adds to the damage.

Greensole is a unique brand that aims at creating a self-sustaining infrastructure by refurbishing discarded shoes with zero carbon footprint and in the process also employ people from various sections of the community. You can order their products from the official website of the brand.

Use Smarter Cooking Alternatives

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According to a U.N. estimate, almost 15 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are caused by the animal agriculture industry – mainly due to the resources needed to raise and feed animals. The JUST Egg cuts down on those emissions with a vegan replacement product made from mung bean, which is a type of plant. When cooked right, it tastes almost exactly like an egg.

Tip – They are set to launch in India pretty soon.

Invest In Organic Clothing Brands

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Fashion and apparel play a vital role in our lives. Since these items are purchased quite frequently, it is essential to invest in pieces that are sustainable and environmentally friendly as well. Head to brands like Nicobar, Ek Dori and India Imprints that believes in empowering traditional artisans on the one hand and also places emphasis on high quality on the other hand. It’s a win-win situation for you.

Buy A Biodegradable Water Bottle

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Indians use billions of plastic water bottles every year, most of which end up in a landfill. That is why it is best to ditch the plastic bottle and buy a good biodegradable water bottle. There are many brands like Soma that manufactures bottles from high quality, shatter-resistant glass, having bamboo caps. That is not all. For every Soma bottle brought, the brand also donates to Charity – their non-profit partner that supports safe drinking water to communities around the world.

Purchase A Bamboo/Metal Straw

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The environmental costs of plastic straw use struck a chord in 2018, with companies like Starbucks and American Airlines banning their use. You too can take a step in a similar direction by buying a bamboo or metal straw, which can be used on multiple occasions as well.

Say No To Food Wastage

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According to the CSR Journal, almost 40 per cent of the food produced in India goes to waste. Some major places where this happens include weddings, events, parties, hostels and homes. A great way to decrease wastage is by ensuring that the extra food is given to people who need them.

It is here, where brands like No Food Waste is helpful – they not locate hunger spots within a region, but also ensure that only quality food reaches the hungry and poor. You can contact them on their website.

Another good way to reduce food wastage is by using organic products for cooking. You can even shop for wide range of organic items from bigbasket that delivers these items right to your doorstep.

Tip – Apply for a digibank bigbasket debit card and get amazing cashback as well.

Shop From local Brands

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A National award-winning social enterprise, Happy Roots was started by Reema Sathe in 2015. The brand partners with small-holding farmers at the grass-roots level to produce fair-trade, handcrafted natural snack food products. Every purchase of their products puts money back into developing the skills of these farmers and women – which is a cause that deserves maximum support.

Make Your Home Environment Friendly

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Many home appliances consume a lot of energy – that is why it is crucial to invest in appliances that are more efficient. With brands creating smarter gadgets like thermostats, that automatically adjusts the temperature at homes, going the sustainable way is no longer a tough choice.

Choose Organic Skin Care Products

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Whatever the season, it’s imperative to use the right kind of skin care products. From lip-balm to sunscreen, many Ayurvedic and organic brands in the market will help you add some glamour and care to your beauty regime, without causing a negative impact on the environment.

Commute In A Better Manner

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There are many unique companies like Bamboochi that manufactures handcrafted and customised bicycles made of bamboo. The brainchild of former Indian Air Force pilot Shashishekhar Pathak, this brand focuses on not just creating a sustainable way of travelling but also on creating job opportunities for the local community. It is a simple, easy and effective way to reduce pollution – you can order your bamboo bicycle from their website.

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