Sustainable Living 101
People talk about “sustainability” all the time, but what is it? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, sustainability is the principle that “everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment.”
To live sustainably, we must create a balance with how we interact with the environment to ensure the survival of future generations. That sounds like a big task, but don’t worry; every action you take can make a difference!
You can lead a more sustainable life by changing simple things in your daily routine. Choosing to be more eco-conscious is a better decision for your wallet, your health, and the planet.
Here are some tips to make the transition into sustainable living.
When you go shopping, stick to what you need. We often go into a store and leave with something we never thought of buying! Make a shopping list of what you need, and then stick to it. This will help reduce the enormous amount of excess waste that ends up in landfills every year. With every purchase make sure you really want it, and buy the most sustainable option when you can.
Look for sustainable products
When you look to purchase a product, also look into how it’s made. Some companies pay workers low wages and pollute during manufacturing. Look for products that are made with sustainable ingredients, like the plant-derived surfactants in ECOS™ environmentally friendly cleaners. Not only are they safer for your health and the environment, the packaging is recyclable and made in facilities that are carbon neutral, water neutral, and Platinum-level Zero Waste certified.
Recycle and compost when possible
There are recycling and compost bins in many public places today, so use them! It might take an extra few seconds to separate your trash, but it’s worth it and the planet will thank you. Look into recycling programs in your neighborhood if you don’t have a recycling bin at home yet. You can also compost your food waste in your backyard.