"To change your life - you have to change your habits". But, considering the overall outlook of our environment, changing a couple of habits would change the entire world.
We can preach how bad 2020 was - for an hour or two, but, if we don't change or act fast then 2021 can be even worse than in 2020. It is not just the factories and industries that should change. We are also a part of this ecosystem, and we must do our part by practicing sustainable habits - habits that stray away from illicit outcomes but only have good deeds towards the environment.
If "changing the habit to change the world" isn't reassuring or satisfying enough to try a few new habits, here is another reason why - you will end up saving some money while doing so. Yes, you heard it right. Some of the habits that we mention on the list below come with the advantage of cost-cutting. So, without further ado, let us get right into the list!
1. Carry A Water Bottle
If you're thinking what difference would it make carrying a water bottle with you, while you are out - it is about time you think things macroscopically.
Having a water bottle will drastically minimise the use of plastic cups - at the same time, it would also decrease the chances of purchasing bottled water. All you have to do is to refill your bottle! As simple as that.While this would greatly impact sustainability in a positive manner, this will decrease your expenditure in buying water outside, as well.
2. Keep An Extra Cloth Bag
Be a part of a community that proactively acknowledges the impact of plastic, and how a small plastic bag can create huge problems.
We tend to overlook easy solutions - the easiest one for this is to have a Cloth bag. Not only does it look trendy, but it also helps in avoiding the purchase of a plastic bag. To be on the safer side, always carry an extra bag with you - so that you don't have to look for another bag if you run out of one.
Science 101 - "Composting is a smart way of decomposing Vegetable and domestic waste", yet most of us don't have a compost bin in our house.
Dumping domestic waste into landfills makes it hard for solid waste to break down. Instead, it is encouraged to compost.
4. Using Muslin Cloth To Wrap Rotis Instead Of Aluminium Foil
Aluminium foil is worse than plastic wraps, and it is highly encouraged not to use it for packing lunch. It is not biodegradable, and some studies show that it reacts and develops toxicity once exposed to some food products.
Hence, to be on the safer side, it is best to opt for an eco-friendly solution - Muslin Cloth. Since it is organic, it doesn't spread chemical residue and can be reused multiple times before disposal.
5. Using Old Clothes To Make Jholas, Bags, Quilts
Instead of purchasing new ones, why don't you just reuse your old clothes for making Bags and Quilts? This way, you will explore your creative side, and would contribute towards sustainability.
The reason being the amount of water required for cultivating cotton - so if we reuse and reduce the amount of cotton we purchase, the supply would have to get adjusted to it, hence saving excess water from being used.
6. Binding Leftover Papers To Make A New Book
We have been taught from the very beginning of our schooling that, Paper is made out of Trees, and the more we waste, the more trees are being cut. Rather than going for a new book for a new grade, it is best to bind the leftover papers from your old books to make a new one.
You save paper, trees and money - that's what sustainability can give you!
7. Switching over to Sustainable Fabrics
Yes, you heard us right. Some fabrics are sustainable and will help you take a step forward on your road to sustainability. Kala Cotton, Banana, Bamboo, Soybean, and more are some examples of such fabrics.
We Understand the fact that they cannot be worn every day but switching to clothing made of such fabrics that have no added chemicals and are made by using natural fibers can make a huge difference.
8. Grow Kitchen Garden
Chances are that the lockdown would have garnered an interest in many to set up a backyard/kitchen garden. If you are not one of them, then it is about time you start seeing through it.
Kitchen Garden is a perfect hobby for the sear heat, and will bear good and organic fruit for you to cherish!
9. Metal Straws
This is something that is not discussed much but should be highlighted for its efficacy. Stainless Steel is a perfect material for straws and has all the prowess to replace the plastic straw.
The metal straws are made from medical-grade steel and are non-corrosive. So, it is safe to say that by adopting it, we can save a lot of plastic being expelled to our ecosystem.
10. Bamboo Toothbrush
In case you don't know, the major constituent of a toothbrush is plastic. Although it is impenetrable and long-lasting, it causes a severe environmental issue.
A replacement that many scientists and engineers pitched in was Bamboo. Bamboo comes with the royalty of easy recycling and disposal.
Recently we hosted a competition on our social media handle for people to share their sustainable habits. Needless to say, we received a massive response that reassures that a part of our community is intended to save our Mother Earth.
See below to take a look at their innovative steps. The winner pitched in cloth napkins instead of paper tissues, Bamboo baskets for storage, and cloth bags as a replacement for plastic bags.
If you have more of such innovative ideas, drop them down below. We would love to see your creative side, and how well you're contributing towards the goal of sustainable living!