Tips and Tricks for Sustainable Living – Bellabeat

Useful Tips and Tricks for Sustainable Living

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In the spirit of Earth Day, which is marked globally on the 22nd of April each year, we at Bellabeat decided to launch a campaign to start a conversation about the importance of sustainability in this day and age. We want to spread awareness about the dangers that our planet is currently facing more than ever, and the importance of living sustainably in creating a better future for ourselves and all the generations to come.

 

“We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” David Brower 

 



Global issues that need our attention

If you read our previous blog post, you are likely feeling a bit down considering the true current state of the Earth that we have reported on; it doesn’t help to know that us, humans, are the ones who are responsible for this state. But the good news is that becoming aware is the first step towards making a change. We still have time, and we can -- and should -- all do our part in taking care of our planet. Now is the right time.

 

To make this a little easier, we made a summary of global issues that were listed by the UN in 2015. Below the issues, you can find listed respective actions that everyone can take in order to help combat these issues and, ultimately, create a better future.

 Climate action



What can you do?

  • Bike, walk or take public transport. (Save the car trips for when you’ve got a big group.)
  • Offset your carbon emissions. You can calculate your carbon footprint and purchase climate credit from Climate Neutral Now (http://climateneutralnow.org/Pages/How.aspx)
  • Don’t be afraid to start a conversation. Raise awareness about climate change among children and young people so they know how to address it. This is crucial so that we can all live a sustainable future.

 Affordable and clean energy



What can you do?

  • Save electricity by plugging appliances into a power strip and turning them off completely whenever not in use -- including your computer.
  • Turn off the lights if you don’t need them.
  • Replace old appliances with energy efficient models and light bulbs.

 Clean water and sanitation



What can you do?

  • Take short showers. Bathtubs require gallons more water than a 5-10 minute shower. Turn the tap off while shampooing and brushing your teeth.
  • Don’t rinse. If you use a dishwasher, stop rinsing your plates before running the machine.
  • Support organizations that empower communities to improve their sanitation and hygiene.

 Sustainable cities and communities



What can you do?

  • Maintain your car. A well-tuned car will emit fewer toxic fumes.
  • Carpool to work. If you have to drive to work, make it worthwhile by sharing your ride with your colleagues.
  • If your city has a car-sharing scheme, take advantage of it. Studies show that this helps lower the number of cars in everyday traffic, and an additional bonus is that you’ll be saving money in car maintenance.
  • Support groups that advocate for more public spaces and improvements in public transport, recycling systems, and access to public services.

 Life on land



What can you do?

  • Examine your everyday decisions. Are the companies you’re buying from engaging in harmful ecological practices? Are you buying products that are harmful to begin with?
  • Avoid printing as much as you can. Switch to online bank statements and bills to reduce your use of paper.
  • Demand that your local authorities offer ways to dispose of gadgets properly. Up to 90% of the world’s electronic waste is illegally traded or dumped each year, harming the environment severely.

 Life below water



What can you do?

  • Much of the waste that we produce on land ends up in the oceans. Make an effort to reduce the waste that you produce, and reuse and recycle whenever you can.  
  • Bring your own bag when you go shopping. Pass on the plastic bags and start carrying reusable totes.  
  • If you have a chance to visit a beach, appreciate its beauty without disturbing its harmony and creatures.
  • If you live in a coastal area, volunteer for beach cleanups and help spread awareness about the costs of marine litter.

 Good health and wellbeing



What can you do?

  • The most important thing you can do is to take care of yourself by leading a healthy but sustainable lifestyle. Exercise regularly and eat a balanced diet, but make sure the food you’re eating is sustainably sourced. Support your local produce stores and farmers.
  • Avoid habits that will increase your risk of illnesses and accidents -- like excessive smoking, drinking, etc.
  • Vaccinate yourself and your children. Protecting your family from diseases also aids general public health.
  • Don’t be afraid to speak up. Talk about reproductive health in your family and make sure your children have access to sexual education. Stay informed about how to prevent diseases like HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. Ask policymakers to pass laws that increase access to healthcare for all.

 

 

We hope you will find this list useful and apply it to your everyday routines. When we all start acting and living more sustainably, there is hope -- and a chance -- for a better future for all of us.  

If you want to do more, please visit this page to read more about all 17 United Nations’ sustainable development goals that the organization is aiming to reach globally by 2030. These goals are our current blueprint towards a better and more sustainable future for all. We can all help -- by spreading awareness and taking action now.



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