5 Simple Sustainable Tips

Shop at your local farmers’ market.

Shopping at your local farmers’ market is a great way to support the local economy. Not only does it help support local farmers and their families, but it is also a great boost to your local community. Fruits and vegetables at local farmers’ markets tend to be organically grown without harmful pesticides. The fewer pesticides in the environment, the better. In addition, buying locally reduces the need for food to be transported miles to your stores. This will help to cut down on the pollution that is created from daily transportation.

Use reusable shopping bags.

Using a reusable shopping bag is something very simple we all can do. Many stores sell them, and there are plenty of online sources to find quality reusable shopping bags. Look for bags with a sturdy bottom to support heavier items. The more we all use reusable shopping bags, they will need less plastic bags in grocery stores.

Reusable drinking straws.

There are many reusable drinking straws on the market now. Plastic drinking straws are a huge contributor to plastic. With all take-out and restaurants offering plastic drinking straws with your drink, there are millions of plastic straws produced. However, there are metal drinking straws that can be reused and can eliminate tons of plastic that will either end up in a landfill or unfortunately in our oceans. This is a tiny step we can take that can lead to significant benefits for the environment in the future.

Recycle.

Whenever possible, recycle. I say when possible because I know there are cities that still do not offer recycling services. Recycling can lead to environmental sustainability, because it helps to reduce the amount of waste introduced into the environment, which leads to higher pollution levels and other environmental concerns. There are many things that you use which can be recycled, such as newspaper, boxes, cans, glass, and plastic bottles and containers. Reach out to your local officials if recycling is not available in your area.

Reduce energy consumption.

Reducing energy consumption is much easier than you may think. Simple things as turning off all lights when you are not in the room. Unplugging small appliances that are not being used. Open your curtains and let natural sunlight into your home during the day instead of turning on lights. Take shorter showers when you can and reduce the amount of water when brushing your teeth or washing your hair. Catch rainwater to water your plants.