How To Live A More Sustainable Life

You may be forgiven for thinking that in order to live a sustainable life, you have to go completely vegan, participate in eco warrior marches and be a symbol for green peace, but thankfully this is not quite the case. There are much easier ways to live a more eco-friendly life.

Here at The Greener Group, we have a passion for the environment and green living, so we’ve put together a list of simple things you can do in order to make your day to day life more sustainable.

Switch It Off

One of the first things to do when trying to live a more sustainable life is to look at the amount of energy you use on a daily basis.

Running a house isn’t cheap, and takes a fair amount of energy to run all of the different appliances in the household. Turning off the lights, installing energy-efficient appliances and hanging out your clothes to dry can all be small but effective ways of cutting down your energy usage.

Getting into the habit of switching things off when you are not using them or finished with them is a great way to cut down the amount of energy you’re using, as well as knocking a few pennies off the monthly bills.

Reuse Your Bags

We suspect that if you checked your cupboards right now, you’d likely find a big stack of plastic bags from a variety of different supermarkets and shops. But what is the point in keeping them if you are not re-using them?

It’s easy enough to just get another bag when you’re out shopping, but this isn’t helping anyone. Multiple shops now have “bags for life” that are made out of stronger materials with the aim to using them over and over again, so why aren’t we taking advantage of this?

Research has shown that the amount of plastic bags sold by large retailers dropped by 83% in 2016 – 2017 compared to 2014 – 2015 which shows that we are on the right path, but we could be doing more.

Single-use plastic bags even cost upwards of 5p per bag now, so save your change and the environment at the same time by re-using the carrier bags.

Get A Water Bottle

Like carrier bags, there is too much plastic being wasted when there are more sustainable, long lasting options available.

According to research, a million plastic water bottles are purchased every minute, and we can almost guarantee that the majority of them are not being recycled. At the rate of this alarming number, the future of our oceans is not looking very bright.

You don’t have to necessarily carry around the same plastic bottle with you, as we are seeing more and more useful and even fashionable kinds of bottles becoming available. There are multiple different kinds of bottles that you can get now that will filter the water and even keep it cold, so there really is no excuse to opting for a plastic bottle.

If you still can’t tackle the desire to have a fresh bottled water, then please see our next point.

Recycle, Recycle, Recycle

Recycling is something that we should all be doing, with the Government even providing bags to separate our goods for collection.

You might think that recycling is only possible at home, but that is definitely not the case. More and more recycle bins have been popping up everywhere, and even places like McDonald’s have a separate bin to recycle plastics and paper cups.

In the UK, you can currently recycle the following materials:

– Plastic
– Paper and Card
– Glass
– Metal Tins
– Food Waste

With the amount of items that can be recycled always growing thanks to new technology, there really is no excuse not to be getting onboard in 2018.

Ride Your Bike

Travelling by car tends to be not so environmentally friendly, so have you considered riding your bike?

Riding a bike to work or even taking the bus or train is much better for the environment, resulting in less CO2 emissions being produced and one less car on the road.

There is always going to be cases when riding a bike somewhere is just not possible and the car is the only option, but it’s always good to try an alternative wherever possible. You don’t really need to drive down the road to the shop, so why not go for a nice walk?

As well as helping the environment, you’re actually helping yourself! Riding a bike is a great form of exercise and can really help work your muscles. Don’t forget your helmet though.

Donate Instead Of Throwing Away

If an item has outlasted its use, have you considered donating or selling instead of throwing it away?

Items such as clothing, toys and DVDs are all perfect examples of things that could have a new lease of life with another owner. Donating these items to a charity shop instead of throwing them away will go a long way in decreasing the amount of waste in landfills across the country.

If the items are in a good condition, you could even sell them and get yourself some extra money in the process. Trying to find a home for something that you no longer need or want is a much preferable option over throwing it straight in the bin.

Go Digital

With the amount of technological advances we’ve seen in recent years, is there really a need for paper anymore?

Using paper is a huge waste, especially if it isn’t recycled after use. With the ability to have everything from bus tickets to bills stored on our phones, where is the need for paper?

Places like supermarkets now give you the option on whether or not you’d like a receipt, and tickets for places like the cinema can now be shown on your phone so the options are there.

Invest In Renewable Energy Solutions

If you wanted to get serious about making your home more eco-friendly, have you looked into the different kinds of renewable energy systems that are available?

Renewable energy systems are a fantastic investment, and you could end up actually making money from schemes like the FiT (Feed in Tariff) or RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive).

The use of renewable systems such as Solar PV can help to reduce energy costs. The panels soak up rays from the sun and convert that into energy that can be used throughout the household.

Other systems include heat pumps, that can use the air or ground to heat your home instead of relying on fossil fuels. As you can see, there are many different options for leading a more sustainable life, and any of them will help you to do your part in preserving our environment.

If you’d like to learn more about which renewable energy systems would work best for you, feel free to get in touch today.