We all know Sustainability is an important topic but not enough of us truly understand the importance? To cut a long story short, it is about living a life where your needs are met without having a negative impact on the needs of the future generations. It requires making the environmentally-conscious choices in your daily life and while running a business. You may not live a 100% sustainable life but there are some basic things that you can change to make a world a better place already today.
We encourage you to take a sustainability week challenge. The tasks are super easy and a great first step to living environmentally-conscious life. Below is a summary of all the activities, feel free to start the challenge whenever you are ready. Also you can download a story template, find it on our Instagram profile.
Day 1 - Use the self-powered transport
If you commute everyday to work by car try to bike there, or walk. It’s great for your health and body. About 10,000 steps is the equivalent of exercising strenuously for 30 minutes, or walking five miles per day. By following this routine, you'll expend an additional 2,000 to 3,500 calories per week.
Day 2 - Shop locally
We are sure there are some great local markets in your neighborhood. Not only does shopping or buying locally from the farmers’ market or other local market reduce waste from packaging, but it also reduces the use of fossil fuels. Food miles not only consume energy, but they contribute to poor air quality. It also may be cheaper if you compare with supermarket prices or conventional grocery stores. The the most sustainable part of buying locally is the fact that you are putting money on the rural communities from your region reducing poverty and improving life quality.
Day 3 - Donate, don't throw
Do you have clothes that you haven’t been wearing for ages? Most of us do. It’s not really helping you or anyone else if your wardrobe is full of unnecessary jeans, T-Shirts or old college hoodies. Instead, you may explore some places where you can donate them for people in need. You kill two birds with one stone: people who don’t afford to buy a new clothes can get yours for free and also you don’t let your stuff to end up in a landfill, where it will still emit dangerous gases.
Keep in mind the clothes need to be on good conditions, with no holes or stains.
Day 4 - Save water
5 Everyday Water Conservation Tips
- Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth – this can save 6 litres of water per minute.
- Take a shower instead of bath. Filling up a tub uses about 36 gallons of water, while a five-minute shower may use as little as 10. Also you can take a shower together with your partner: making environmentally-conscious choices can be enjoyable ;)
- While washing your hair or shaving, turn the water off. The same goes for brushing your teeth.
- Always use full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher – this cuts out unnecessary washes in between.
- Fix your leaks. Whether you go DIY or hire a plumber, fixing leaky faucets can mean big water savings.
Day 5 - Use energy wisely
These tips may not only be useful for the environment but your utilities bill may become a bit lower
- Switch off artificial lights and use natural light.
- Choose energy efficient light bulbs
- Switch off equipment when not in use: lights, computers, printers, coffee machines etc.
- Get a home energy monitor to start tracking how much electricity you're using.
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