With the recent emphasis on the reality of climate change, many people are looking for ways to incorporate environmental consciousness into their daily lives. If you want to cultivate a more sustainable lifestyle in the wake of the 2018 UN climate change convention, there are several small changes you can easily incorporate into your life.
Choose Energy-Efficient Power Sources
Making your home more eco-friendly involves several steps, from replacing high-energy light bulbs with more efficient LEDs to reducing your overall energy consumption. By choosing energy-efficient power sources, including solar panels, you can reduce both your carbon footprint and your energy bills.
During the winter months, you likely see a notable increase in your home’s energy consumption due to the cost of heating. The good news is that your fireplace is a great starting point on your journey towards sustainability.
Electric fireplaces are among the most eco-friendly on the market, as they produce zero greenhouse emissions or toxic fumes. Other notable, eco-friendly heating sources include low-emission gas fireplaces and pellet-burning models, which boast high heat efficiency with minimal pollution.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Compost
Eco-conscious individuals are well-versed in the three “Rs”: reducing waste, reusing items and packaging whenever possible, and recycling often. But today’s sustainable living enthusiast should add a “C” to their life as well: Composting.
The practice of composting is a simple one — instead of throwing away your food scraps, you place those scraps into a composting bin. Leaves, grass clippings, and other types of yard waste can also be composted. The composting process turns food and yard waste into useable, nutrient-rich fertilizer.
It’s important to note that composting isn’t just for farmers and those living in rural areas. City dwellers can also make composting part of their everyday life. Some cities even have city-wide composting programs with curbside pickup, including Portland, Ore., and Boulder, Colo.
Eat Cleaner Foods
Before you can compost, however, you need to eat and prepare fresh foods. And food choice is a major player when it comes to cultivating a healthier, more sustainable life.
At the grocery store, look for “organic” labels, which means that the food was grown without the use of chemicals or synthetic fertilizers such as Roundup. Along with being chemical- and antibiotic-free, organic foods have numerous health benefits, including a lowered cancer risk.
Further, eating organic typically means that you’re incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet while increasing your consumption of healthy fats. Eating a primarily organic diet is a win-win for your health as well as the health of our planet.
As you can see, cultivating sustainability is a positive change you can easily incorporate into your daily life. By seeking out eco-friendly everyday household items, being more choosy about the foods you consume, and choosing to compost your food waste, you can do your part to help combat climate change.
Avery T. Phillips is a freelance human being with too much to say. She loves nature and examining human interactions with the world. Comment or tweet her @a_taylorian with any questions or suggestions.