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LIVING | 30.01.2020

Be the change: 5 tips for more sustainability in your everyday life

Nowadays no one can or should ignore the importance of sustainability. One thing is certain: something must be done urgently to protect our planet. The good news is that each of us can make a difference, and often small changes in everyday life are all it takes to make a big impact. Our five ideas for a more sustainable life will show you that this is not difficult at all, and can even be fun.

1. BUY LESS, CHOOSE WELL

Vivien Westwood nailed it. Instead of quantity, our consumerism should be based on quality. So it’s better to invest in a long-lasting quality product that has been produced in a sustainable and fair way, than in the next fast fashion piece. Therefore, before each purchase the question is: do I really need this? And: How often will I wear or use it? Besides conscious shopping, the sustainable treatment of existing products is also essential. The lifetime of clothing, for example, can be prolonged by a multiple with the right care.

2. CIAO THROW-AWAY MENTALITY

Your jeans, or sweatshirt has a hole? That’s no reason to throw it away. If you’re not familiar with needle and thread, it’s best to give it into professional hands. Like the experts of the ALLUDE CASHMERE CLINIC. This is where your favourite knits gets as good as new – holes will be stitched and stubborn stains removed.

And what do you do if you no longer like a piece of clothing or even furniture? Then follow the motto “from old to new”! Because with a little creativity, craftsmanship and usually a lot of fun, a completely new and super modern look can be created. Inspirations and instructions can be found online or in DIY and upcycling workshops. Ciao throw-away mentality!

3. MOVE FORWARD

People who live in the big city usually do not need a car. At least not one they own. Instead of struggling with traffic jams, red lights and annoying search for a parking space, it is anyway more relaxed and often even faster to ride a bike or use public transport for short distances. And if you can’ t go without a car, there are fortunately some car-sharing services.

Vietnam, Bali, South Africa … sure, we all love holidays, travelling and exploring new countries and foreign cultures. But we have to realize one thing: the CO2 emission of every flight is enormous and one of the biggest environmental burdens. Therefore, at the very least, short-distance flights should be avoided and instead be taken by train. Including transport and waiting time, a train journey often does not take longer. But you have more time to read, listen to podcasts or play cards.

4. NO WASTE, NOW WORRIES

Plastic is everywhere! In order to avoid the harmful material that pollutes our oceans and to fight against it, there are well-known tricks that everyone can do in everyday life: take the canvas bag with you when shopping, drink your coffee seated instead of using the to-go cup, drink without a straw, buy fruit and vegetables loose and unpacked and bring lunch in a glass jar to the office.

If you want to take a big step further towards sustainability, take a look at the ZERO WASTE concept. Only when you dedicate yourself so intensively to the topic will you realize (and be shocked!) where plastic is found everywhere in our household, which at some point will end up in the garbage clay and will be very difficult to decompose. Starting with food packaging, up to cleaning and cosmetic products.

5. FOOD MOVEMENT

Pretty much everyone is now aware that organic products, as well as regional and seasonal foods, are more ecological and better for our environment than exotic overseas fruits with long transport routes, or cheap discount goods. The non plus ultra would of course be to plant the fruit and vegetables yourself. And you don’t even need your own garden for that. The so-called “urban gardening” enables even city dwellers to cultivate regional fruit and vegetables in community gardens and, by the way, to have a neighbourly chat.

Anyone who is into sustainable food must also necessarily deal with our immense meat consumption. You don’t have to become vegetarian right away, but at least setting up meat-free days from time to time would be a step in the sustainable direction.

There is much more to improve in terms of our eating habits. For example, far too many still edible foods are thrown away. Therefore: never go hungry to the supermarket! If there is anything left over after cooking, either freeze the leftovers or conjure up a creative leftovers menu the next day.

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Fotos: Allude, Unsplash