Sustainable living is on everybody’s lips, and if it isn’t, it should be.

But do we really need to consider making changes to our comfortable lives? Surely these extreme measures must be for all those hippies that chain themselves to trees in protest against whatever cause they read about in the latest “flower power” magazine…or is it?

“Green living” refers to a lifestyle that avoids depleting the earth’s natural resources by reducing the demand for water, energy, trees and fossil fuels. It means striving to create less waste and to prioritize the use of renewable resources, and off course, to minimize consumption. In short, it’s all about making healthier choices for our planet and the people who live here.

Living sustainably might seem a little intimidating at first, but it really isn’t that hard. For many the concept of “going green” may bring to mind thoughts of expensive solar heating systems and water tanks. Here’s the thing though; the best way to go about making a transition towards a greener way of life is to find a route that fits your lifestyle. Environmental experts believe that even small tweaks to everyday living can prevent further damage to the atmosphere.

Here are a few simple tips for a more sustainable lifestyle:

  • Stop using disposable shopping bags. Get re-usable bags or make your own - it’s insanely easy!
  • Take shorter showers and fix leaky faucets.
  • Do green gardening. Plant water wise plants and trees. Plant marigolds in your garden to ward off pests. Water your garden with leftover bath or sink water. Also, follow the plant based-trend, grow your own backyard produce and try to lower your meat consumption.
  • Use natural cleaning products. Lemon is a natural detergent that cuts through grease, baking soda helps to scour surfaces, and vinegar removes mould, bacteria and germs.
  • Spend more time on your bike than in a car – great for your health too! For every 100km not driven, 28kg of CO2 emissions is saved.
  • Work from home where possible.
  • Make use of a microwave oven instead of a conventional oven or stove.
  • Drink tap water.
  • Throw out air fresheners – open a window.
  • Switch lightbulbs to energy efficient types and turn lights of when leaving a room.
  • Wash clothes in cold water and hang them outside to dry.
  • Unplug all appliances not in use.
  • Share with friends. Share books, magazines, newspapers and games.
  • Buy only what you need to make sure that nothing goes to waste.
  • Eat only organic, seasonal fruit and veggies. You’ll reduce your carbon footprint by minimizing the distance the produce has to travel to get to your plate.
  • Use containers to store food instead of foil or cling wrap.
  • Don’t wash dishes or brush teeth with water running continuously.
  • Plant a tree.
  • Cherish the old stuff. Repair broken things instead of buying something new.

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed” – Mahatma Ghandi.

What have you done to save our planet today?

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