As you consider how you can do more for the planet as global warming advances, think about the different habits in your everyday life. What are some ways you can live more sustainably in 2022? Here are a few things to think about as you strive to become more sustainable this year:
Consider your hygiene products
Hygienic products typically come in plastic bottles and packaging. While we need to stay clean, one of the ways that we can live a more sustainable life is to look for sustainable products designed with the environment in mind.
Fortunately, there are brands that have designed everything from soaps to shampoos package free so that you can take care of yourself and your home with the planet in mind.
Think about where you buy fashion
One of the biggest producers of waste is the fashion industry. Consumers have a big part to play in this. If you’re continually buying new clothes without concern for the environment, you may want to rethink how you buy your new outfits. Instead of mindlessly shopping, look for companies who care about the environment and who practice sustainability in running their business.
Additionally, consider living with a minimalist wardrobe full of sustainable sweatpants, shirts, pants, and other essentials that are easy to reuse and match with other items. If you’re cleaning out your closet, donate older items to charities that are helping underprivileged people receive clothing that may be exactly what they need.
Use a menstrual cup
Periods are a part of life, and unfortunately, we need to use plenty of products to get through them. However, there is something that can help you eliminate waste from menstruation. With a menstrual cup, you don’t need anything besides your cup to get you through your period.
Just make sure to keep it clean and sterilized for use on your period. However, that’s all that’s needed for a more environmentally friendly way to take care of your period.
Think about how you use water
We use water like it’s never going out of style, but we really should be conserving how we use it. Instead of washing your clothes multiple times a week, try to wait to wash laundry until your machine is full of clothes. The same can be said of your dishwasher. When it’s time to shower, try to make it as quick as possible.
Consider growing your own vegetables
Instead of contributing to plastic waste with produce and the use of fuels to transport your produce from far away places, consider planting your own vegetables if you’re someone who has space in your backyard to do so.
Even if you live in an apartment, hydroponic garden systems allow you to grow food with limited space. Although getting started may mean trial and error, once you start growing your own food, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start sooner—and you’ll be doing your part to live more sustainably. Plus, there’s just something special about growing your own food that is as satisfying as it is helpful for the planet.
From the way you run your air-conditioning unit to how you get to work to how long you wash your hair, there are so many habits that we’re used to doing that can negatively impact the environment. Even if you just get started with one or two of these changes, you’ll be doing a lot for the future of the planet. Small changes can result in big things, so consider how you can change your life to help the earth using one or more of the tips above.