Healthshots

By Radhika Bhirani

Published June 5, 2024

7 tips to live more sustainably

The environment plays a crucial role in the existence and survival of healthy life on planet Earth. It is, therefore, incumbent on humans to make sustainable choices that are environment-friendly.

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There are endless ways for sustainable living to help the planet stay clean and green. On World Environment Day, we are sharing some easy tips to live more sustainably every day.

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According to the United Nations, sustainability is about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It is about realising that resources are finite.

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What is sustainability?

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - these 3 Rs are fundamental to the concept of sustainability.

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How to live more sustainably?

Single use plastics are contaminating our lands and oceans, affecting human and marine life, and causing an ecological imbalance. Go for reusable bags, stainless steel bottles and reusable cutlery, to reduce plastic usage as far as possible.

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Avoid single use plastics

Simple habits like choosing renewable energy options like solar panels, turning off the lights, fans and switches when they are not in use and switching to efficient appliances can help to reduce energy consumption.

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Reduce energy consumption

Be a mindful shopper. Prioritise quality over quantity, go minimalist, borrow instead of making a new purchase every time there is a party, throw less and reuse more.

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Watch your shopping sprees

Water is a basic necessity, and yet clean drinking water is a luxury for most. Save water with easy ways like shutting the tap while you brush your teeth, not indulging in extravagant showers or tub baths, and check taps for any leaks.

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Save water

Recycling is about converting waste materials into new materials and objects. It can reduce wastage. Proper waste management at home, including waste segregation, and identifying objects for reuse or recycling, can help the environment.

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Recycle

When it comes to food, choosing local can help to reduce carbon footprint. Eating fresh produce instead of food that may have travelled long distances is also good for health. You could also try growing your own food!

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Go local

Sustainable travel and tourism has become a big thing among eco-conscious consumers. Taking long flights to far-off destinations increases carbon footprint, while options like public transport, carpooling, cycling, or walking can reduce the environmental harm

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Travel sustainably

Follow these tips and urge your loved ones to make sustainable changes to their lives for a healthier and happier life.

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