Top 5 Sustainable Living Tips

Here are some sustainable living tips for those who might not know where to start. Even small changes make a big difference!

Are you one of the millions of Americans who care about the environment and would like to help make a difference in the way you live your own life, but are confused or just wondering how to actually do something that’s meaningful? Here are our top 5 practical sustainable living tips for those who might not know where to start.

Small Changes Get You Started

It’s true! Even small changes can make a big difference! We all know that we need to move to a more sustainable way of living. While many changes affecting global sustainability will have to be enacted by law (since it’s primarily big companies doing most of the damage), there are still plenty of things we can do on an individual level, too. While it might not seem like it, the little changes we make can yield large benefits, both immediately and in the long-term. You’ll be reducing your impact, and also setting an example for other people, too. Below, we take a look at our top five small changes anybody can enact.

Tip #1: Put the Car Keys Down

You’ll, of course, need to drive sometimes. The world is set up that you really can’t do without a vehicle, at least not in most areas of the country. However, it’s unlikely that you’ll need to use your car every single time you leave the front door. So take a look — is there a way you can reduce the amount of time you spend behind the wheel? There could be public transportation options to wherever you need to go, or you could go by bicycle, and get healthy at the same time. Try not to get caught up in every errand outside of your home being for a single purpose. Consolidating your trips in a way that allows you to do multiple things each time you choose to drive is not only more productive, but decreases your carbon footprint, and increases your useful extra time.

Tip #2:  Reusing and Upcycling

When we need something, our first thought is to check out the stores and then go buy it. However, it’s important to keep in mind that every new item will have an impact on the world’s resources, sometimes significantly. So why not look at the possibility of buying some things second hand… when it makes sense? Most items preserve their value, so it’s not like you’ll be missing out on anything, and, in some cases, they’re even better than new items, such as in the case of up-cycled furniture. Also, take a moment before you throw away an item that you think is broken as most goods, especially electronics, can usually be repaired.

Also, upcycling is kinda our thing. We have an entire upcycle section here at Craft Your Happiness. Check out a few of them below!

From trash to treasure, this simple upcycle project turns a toilet paper roll into a beautiful DIY cell phone stand in under 5 minutes. Free print download!
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!
This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!
We made this classy $100 bill statement piece out of a piece of foam board used as packing in something we ordered. Cost? $0 (You can also buy foam cheap!)
DIY Finger Pin Cushion 14blank630x20 This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using the lid from a plastic bottle you can make it any color or style you want!
We'll show you how to turn a small cardboard box into a beautiful upcycled Celtic style container! All you need is some a hot glue gun and a little paint.
Everyone hates tangled earbuds! Here's a quick and simple way to make earbud holders using two clothespins. Customize them any color you like! A great gift!
DIY Candle Holders From Plastic Soda Bottles 12b

Tip #3:  Your Purchase Decisions

Whenever you buy something, it’s worthwhile looking at the ethos behind the company that has manufactured or is selling the product. Remember, your dollars are your votes! Your purchase decisions directly reflect the kind of world you want to live in. For virtually every item you could think of, there is a sustainable option available. This applies to food and drink, and longer-lasting goods. For your veggies, you can look at a farmer’s market; for your water, you can look at Waiakea Water, which has been certified carbon neutral. Even for things like smartphones, there are sustainable options — the Fairphone, for example, uses many less resources than the iPhone.

Tip #4:  Veggie Options

You’ve probably heard that transitioning to a vegetarian or vegan diet is one of the best things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint, but of course, for some people, that will be difficult. Instead of seeing it as a black vs. white, veggie or meat eater scenario, look at simply reducing your meat intake. Even cutting out meat a couple of days a week will make a big difference. After all, it’s not about you being forced to morally or politically choose one thing over another, but rather the concept that using moderation in as many things as you can is a smart and sustainable way of living in the world.

My favorite way to get a huge amount of live green veggies into my body is making green drinks with our Green Smoothie Recipe. I’ve drank these for years. A full quart in the morning and they are delicious! Adding one of these to your day will do wonders!

With our green smoothie recipe you'll learn how to easily take in large amounts of dark greens with one quick and delicious drink. Your body will love you!

Tip #5:  Mindful Consumption

Finally, it’s worth keeping in mind that everything you consume will have a footprint, but some will be much lower than others. Whether you’re using electricity, buying goods, or driving around town, just keep in mind how much energy you’re using.  How much space you’re heating or cooling. Popular culture invites us all to look at trends towards “right-sizing” instead of always “down-sizing.” Life’s not always about having the biggest and the best, being the fastest, or keeping up with the neighbors. It’s all about our choices. And that’s why we have minds in the first place!

Here are some sustainable living tips for those who might not know where to start. Even small changes make a big difference!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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