5 Super Simple Ways to Make Your Life More Sustainable

A woman wearing a green apron and gardening gloves holds a box full of harvested vegetables.

Growing your own produce is a simple way to make your life more sustainable. (Image: Andreaobzerova via Dreamstime)

Have you ever thought about how you can make your life more sustainable? To be honest, I never really gave much thought or even wanted to do something about my impact on the environment, until I had children.

I grew up enjoying clean beaches and beautiful rainforests, and I am hoping that they can enjoy that too.

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Since I have had them, I have been more proactive in recycling, growing plants, conserving energy, and buying second-hand clothes.

I’ve even made vegetarian meals that the whole family likes to eat. Which amazed me cause I had always focused most of our meals around meat, as I thought they would not enjoy the meals if they were vegetarian.

Here are 5 super simple things you can do to make your life more sustainable

1. Adopt a vegetarian diet

One way to make your life more sustainable is to adopt a vegetarian diet.
You can try out a vegetarian diet by having a meat-free day. (Image: Elena Elisseeva via Dreamstime)

Did you know that raising animals for food produces more greenhouse gases than all of the cars, planes, and other transport combined, which I find pretty shocking. If you feel you can’t go cold turkey just yet, why not have a meat-free day, or even a meal to start if you are that much of a carnivore. Actually, you don’t need to eat as much meat as you think.

2. Avoid bottled water

The biggest scam of all is bottled water! Not only does the plastic that is made for the bottles use up large amounts of oil to make, but you are wasting money on something that is free straight from your tap. And yes, tap water is fine to drink. I drink tap water and it’s beautiful. In some places, I did have to purchase a filter, which lasted for years. Just purchase some reusable sustainable bottles for your water for when you go out.

3. Avoid genetically modified food

Genetically modified foods, or GMOs (genetically modified organisms), are not only bad for the environment, but they also can have effects on your health. Turns out lots of people don’t even know what a GMO is, or what GMO stands for. Try to avoid genetically modified foods as much as possible and buy organic to make your life more sustainable.

4. Change your light bulbs to energy-efficient ones

Closeup of a woman's hand holding an LED lightbulb outdoors.
Just changing to LED lights helps the environment, and can lower your power bill. (Image: Chainarong Chokrung via Dreamstime)

When we were living in a caravan, we switched all our lights to LED lights, and the power bill was less than half what it was before — we were paying around $10 a fortnight. It’s a very simple thing to do to help the environment in a huge way.

5. Grow your own produce

Just like going vegetarian, if you are growing your own produce, you will also be reducing greenhouse gases, especially if you purchase produce from a supermarket, as that usually requires a drive into town. If you don’t have a green thumb, at least try to grow some herbs; they are easy to grow. I recently grew some basil, rosemary, and mint from seed, and they didn’t die. I was very proud! Another good thing is to buy from a local farmer at your markets, which are also a lot cheaper than the supermarket.

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