Most years have 365 days, which means that there are well over 365 opportunities to make sustainable life choices. Now, it's unrealistic to assume that you can take 365 unique steps. But, if you commit yourself to a handful of repeatable actions, you can lead a sustainable life--24/7, 365.
KICK FAST FASHION TO THE CURB
Sustainable fashion is in fashion! This means you can stop shopping fast, and start shopping smart. You can select brands that use recycled materials or buy second-hand to prevent textile waste in landfills. You can also take extra care to maintain and repair your clothes by mending elbows, knees, and toes by adding patches and darning the fabrics yourself.
Also, try to buy less. Set aside specific days when you won't buy anything at all; pack your own lunch and fill up your water bottle.
SUSTAINABILITY IN YOUR HOME
Believe it or not, being a couch potato can have its advantages; you can save energy by staying at home! Make your home more sustainable by turning off the sink while you brush your teeth, by switching out your incandescent light bulbs for an LED or CFL alternatives, by ensuring the lights are off every time you leave a room, or by drying your clothes on the line rather than using a dryer. Additionally, if you have the resources, you can support alternative energies by using solar panels, hydropower, or wind power at home.
OR ON THE GO
You can make sustainable choices outside your home, too! Despite more stringent emissions laws, vehicles continue to emit common pollutants with every turn. If you live in an urban, or even suburban setting, opting for a mode of transportation other than your car, even once a week, can have pay dividends for the environment. Whether you choose to bike, walk, carpool, or take public transit, you will decrease your environmental footprint and become a role model for your peers.
GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY
Did you know that transportation emissions pale in comparison to emissions created from food production? The emissions created from producing food for a single-family each year is, on average, more than transportation. And, nearly 48% of food production emissions come from meat. You can reduce your emissions by instituting Meatless Mondays. If you're interested in cultivating your own veggies, you could join a community garden or create one of your own. Gardens do involve quite a bit of upkeep which is understandably unattainable for many living situations and lifestyles. So, head to the farmers market for a better way to support local business.
Living a sustainable lifestyle is easier than you think; regardless of the size, shape, or number of changes, if you can commit to making your life more sustainable in one or two ways, one to two times a week, you are well on your way to making every choice a sustainable one. make the most of your 365 opportunities to be more sustainable. When you choose to lead a sustainable life, you literally make the world a better place.