I am writing this post not as an expert in sustainability, but as a mother of three striving to become more sustainable.
If you’ve been reading my content for a while, you will know that I am a huge believer in starting where you are at. Small changes inevitably lead to big results over time.
My own reasons for starting our journey to becoming more sustainable were threefold:
- I wanted to be a role model to my children and teach my children about the importance of taking care of the environment so that they could adopt (and then pass down) good habits.
- I was sick of all the waste we produced as a family of 5 – whilst we have recycled for years, we had so much plastic to recycle each week.
- Cost was also a huge factor: throwing out expired food seemed extremely wasteful, especially with rising food costs.
How we got started
Our own journey to becoming more sustainable started approximately 6 years ago. We took things step by step to avoid becoming overwhelmed:
5 swaps we made:
- We swapped flimsy lunchboxes for durable bento style boxes. Whilst they are more pricey, they last the distance.
- We stopped buying plastic water bottles and now take our Kleen Kanteen drink bottles with us everywhere.
- We swapped out cling film for beeswax wraps.
- Instead of taking the car on short journeys, we either walk, cycle or take public transport.
- We instilled good habits around turning off lights and electronics when they aren’t in use
10 sustainable living tips for families:
Reduce single-use plastics:
Encourage the use of reusable water bottles, shopping bags, and containers to reduce plastic waste.
Teach children to turn off lights and electronics when not in use, and to conserve water by fixing leaks and taking shorter showers.
Support Local and Organic Agriculture:
Buy fresh, local produce and products that are grown organically to reduce carbon emissions from transportation and support sustainable agriculture practices.
Use Public Transportation or Carpool:
Consider taking public transportation, carpooling, or biking instead of driving alone to reduce carbon emissions.
Reduce Food Waste:
Plan meals, save leftovers, and compost food scraps to reduce food waste and its impact on the environment.
Buy second-hand clothing, toys, and furniture instead of buying new items, to reduce waste and conserve resources.
Use Reusable Cleaning Products:
Choose reusable cleaning cloths, mops, and other cleaning products instead of disposable options to reduce waste and chemicals in the environment.
Plant a Garden:
Encourage children to get outside and get their hands dirty by planting a vegetable or herb garden.
Support Renewable Energy:
Advocate for renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power, and invest in renewable energy for your own home if possible.
Educate with books:
Teach children about sustainability and the importance of taking care of the environment, so they can continue these practices into adulthood
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