Life | 18th January 2022 | Virtual Wire
Be gentle with yourself
We all start from somewhere. Don't be so hard on yourself if you can't do everything 100 % perfectly and know everything about sustainability from the start. Educate yourself as much as possible and try your best. Every action counts.
Think before you buy
We all want new and shiny things. But before you buy yourself any knew fashion or clothing item, try to think about the consequences. Fashion industry is one of biggest sectors that contribute to waste in water and other resources. And even causing pollution on the way to their stores. An average outfit –jean and a t-shirt- takes 10,300 liters of water to make.
Look into sustainable fashion
If you do need some new things, it is completely normal. Look into sustainable ways of shopping. If you are financially able to, try buying from businesses that produce their products in sustainable and ethical ways. Try not to buy from fast fashion brands. Lower prices most of the times means unethical working positions for the company workers. If you do not have the resources for sustainable fashion items, look into second hand shopping. Because last be honest, being able to shop sustainably is a privilege.
Be plastic conscious rather than plastic free
We don't really pay much attention to how much waste we accumulate within just one day. But once you pay attention you start to see that waste is in every part of our daily lives. A big portion of this said waste comes from unnecessary use of plastic. But we also need to realistic, plastic is so engraved in our lives that it is difficult to completely cut it from our lives. So be conscious about the waste you are accumulating and try to reduce it.
More green less meat
Animal product industry is one of the most harmful ones out there. To be able to produce 1 kilogram of beef you need to use more than 15.000 liters of water sources. Just from cutting meat from your diet you'll be able to save thousands of liters of water.
No food waste
We all grow up with our parents telling us to finish our plates, do not waste any food. They don't say mother knows best for nothing. Roughly 1/3 of the food produced in the world for human consumption is lost or wasted. By cutting food waste as much as you can, of course on personal level, you can help reduce this percentage of waste.
Without realizing we are wasting 35 % of our electricity. Our devices waste energy when they are plucked but not used. If you leave your telephone, computer, laptop etc. plugged in when you are not using them you are contributing to waste of energy. So, unplug them. And also, don't forget to turn off the light when you exit a room.
Drive less, commute more
The exhaust from a car releases harmful greenhouse gases to our air. These emissions pose a great to our environment and our health. If every human in the world owns and uses personal cars to get to where they need to be, the amount of gas that would be release to atmosphere will be astronomical. By commuting via bus, or a train, you can reduce these emissions by considerable amount. Or even better, if possible, try to walk or bike to your destination. That way you won't be responsible for releasing harmful gasses.
Use alternative energies
Rather than using non-renewable energy sources like oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy, look into renewable energy sources. Renewable energy sources, solar energy, wind, falling water, waves, ocean currents etc. are more sustainable ways to produce energy. Rather than using coal to warm up your house try to install solar panels.
Use your voice, influence others
Some of the above mentioned points require some type of financial privilege (using alternative energies, buying from sustainable brands) but above all you can use your voice to invoke change. Speak up, say something. Every progress starts with one person having enough courage to use their voice.