A guide to living sustainably
What does sustainable mean?
Sustainable or sustainability means to meet your own needs without jeopardising or harming any future generations from meeting their own needs. This can be related to natural, social and economic resources, as well as linking to environmentalism!
For something to be sustainable, it means that it can be used for a long time. To do something sustainably means that it’s done/ made in a way that doesn’t use or destroy natural resources.
An example of sustainability
At Willy’s, we work towards being 100% sustainable. We are reducing our carbon footprint by using solar powered energy. We farm organically, using only natural ingredients and we also reuse and recycle our products. Below is a guide on how to live sustainably.
Why should I live more sustainably?
By being committed to living more sustainably, you will be reducing the amount of carbon footprint and toxins released into the world.
Reducing your carbon footprint will improve the air quality. Of course it is ideal that everyone chooses to work towards reducing their carbon footprint for a real change to be made but it’s important to take the leap and do your bit for the planet!
It also slows down climate change. The more air pollution, the quicker climate change happens. The environmental impact of sustainable living is astronomical!
How to live sustainably
To live in a sustainable home you can do the following:
– Save energy by limiting the amount of energy consumption e.g. turning on lights. Alternatively, you can opt for renewable energy to power your home such as solar energy.
– Cut down the amount of water used. Step 1 is ensuring that your taps are turned off properly!
– Start composting.
– Avoid using plastic bags. We recommend opting for a more environmentally friendly alternative e.g. a cloth tote.
How do I eat more sustainably?
According to WWF.org, here are 5 ways to eat sustainably:
– Eat more plants. With global meat consumption increasing, it’s important that we cut down the amount of meat that we are eating and try opting for a more plant based diet. WWF recommends moderating our intake of animal products and prioritising plants in our diet.
– Eat more variety. By varying our diet we are avoiding eating all the same things. As 75% of the world’s food supply comes from a small number of 5 animal species and 12 plants, we need to diversify our diet to help reduce the environmental impact of our food system!
– Cut down food waste. Try freezing food that you don’t plan on eating yet to keep it fresh. Try buying products loose rather than in bulk that you only purchase the exact number of items that you need.
– Grow fruit and veg in your garden. Not only are you consuming fresh and home-grown products but you’re also reducing your carbon footprint by not opting for shop bought foods.
– Don’t purchase items that are packaged with plastic. Choose packaging free fruit and veg where possible and remember to bring your own reusable bag when going shopping!
How to dress more sustainably
To reduce the impact that your fashion choices have on the environment, we suggest:
– Buying less
– Opt for sustainable fashion brands
– Invest in better quality clothing to avoid buying the same poor quality item oftem
– Buy second hand or swap/hire clothing
Here are just a few brands that we recommend:
You can also sign up to apps like Vinted and Depop to sell items that you no longer want and to also purchase second hand items.