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:
Support Local and Organic Agriculture:
Use Public Transportation or Carpool:
Reduce Food Waste:
Use Reusable Cleaning Products:
Plant a Garden:
Support Renewable Energy:
Educate with books:
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