January 21, 2020
Our Sustainable Vision for happier, healthier lives for everyone within the limits of our planet. There are plenty of actions each of us can take in our own lives to help achieve this vision.
Here are a few tips which will enable you to start living more sustainably. Let's start with 4 BIG ones that can make a BIG impact.
Smaller Journeys: One long-haul flight can amount to half an person’s yearly carbon footprint - so opt for more local holidays and travel by train where you can.
Join the Plant Based Movement: cutting down on meat and dairy will slash your environmental impact – from carbon emissions to water consumption and deforestation.
Make Your Voice Heard: Write to your local MP and ask what they’re doing about climate change, or use social media to contact businesses that you feel aren't doing enough.
Make Your Purchases Count: Research shows that buying more stuff doesn’t make us happy. The planet will thank you for buying less, and investing in better quality products.
Lastly a few basic principles to help enjoy life and have a brighter tomorrow.
Health and Happiness: Stay active, enjoy the outdoors and eat healthily.
Business and Economy: Support your local economy by shopping with independent businesses, where possible avoid big box retailers. Open a bank account with a bank that invests sustainably and ethically, also regularly review your super annuation plan to make sure your investments are going to beneficial causes.
Your Community: The biggest impact you can make starts within your local community, so why not join a community Facebook group or Local Charity and help those around you. Giving back to your local community helps everyone, it gives you a sense of purpose and makes the community better for everyone.
Your Backyard: Even the smallest gardens can be a haven for local wildlife and biodiversity, where possible plant native plants and avoid using pesticides and fertilizers. If every home helps one native animal imagine the impact we could make.
Sustainable Food: Local farmers markets are a great place to get fresh produce while supporting farmers to help them to continue to produce high quality fruits and vegetables. If you don't have a local farmers market try shopping seasonally at the supermarket to cut down on the demand of imported produce. Always remember to take your reusable produce bags to save on single use plastic. Reduce food waste by planning out your meals for the week so you don't buy more than you need.
Materials and Products: Buy better when you need to, try to opt for products that are sustainable, high quality and repairable. It may cost you a little bit more initially but avoiding the cheap option will often save you more money in the long run.
Reducing Waste: Avoid products that can't be recycled easily, invest in reusable items like a water bottle, lunch box, coffee cup, cutlery and produce bags for fruit and veg. Steer clear of overly packaged items. Repair items when they break, not only does it save you money but it prevents more waste ending up in landfills.
Electricity: With so many energy companies around today we are bombarded with countless marketing ploys, try choosing a company that offers green energy or is carbon neutral. Try purchasing items that are low power consumption and try to turn off items at the wall that aren't used often. Where possible installing solar panels is a great way to cut down on the need for large power plants.
These are just a few basic tips to help you to achieve a more sustainable future, stay tuned for more great blog posts that will go more in depth on each of these topics. We will also be posting some useful DIY projects and tasty recipes for you to try in your home.
With love from the team at Carys The World
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