What does it mean to live a sustainable lifestyle?
Sustainable living describes a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of Earth’s natural resources
Here at Catalyst, we believe in taking small steps each day that will have long term benefits for our planet. We want to share our top ten ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle and the small changes we can all make that will have a massive impact.
Everything we do in our day-to-day life has an impact on the planet so we try to make small changes to our daily routine that will lessen the environmental impact.
If you are trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle, here are ten small changes that can have a big impact:
Unplug unused devices and switch off lights when you are not in the room. This seems like such a small thing but unplugging non-essential electrical appliances could reduce the average household electricity bill by up to €100 per year.
Meat production is one of the biggest contributors to pollution and climate change. Switching up your diet and choosing meat free alternatives can have a massive impact on the planet and the meat free options available at the moment are endless.
Ireland produces around 300 million tonnes of plastic each year, over half of which is single use and ends up in landfills. Switching to reusable alternatives will have a massive impact on our planet and help reduce the already 8 million tonnes of plastic that is dumped into the ocean each year.
Swaps to make:
We now have the option to receive our bills online, cutting out the mountains of paper we receive in the post each year. You can also ask shops to email you your receipt instead of having it printed off.
3 simple steps that make a big impact over time. One way to reduce food waste, for example, is to plan your meals out before you do your weekly shop, this way you cut out all the extra items you won’t use.
Reuse and repurpose old items around the house. We are a big fan of upcycling and there are so many cool tutorials out there on how to repurpose old items.
Recycle items correctly and use the correct bins. If you invest in a compost bin for food scraps you will also save a lot of room in your bin.
The benefits of growing your own produce are huge! You can check out our range of organic vegetable seedlings on the Florence Road.
We are a big fan of Lilly’s Eco Clean here at Catalyst. Lilly’s products do not contain any of the toxic chemicals you find in conventional household cleaning products so it is not only good for the planet but good for your health.
If you are throwing unused items away, consider donating them to a charity shop, selling them on Depop or asking your friends. This will greatly reduce the amount of clothing that ends up in landfill each year.
Trees help to stabilize our climate by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen back into the air. They are also home to many wildlife and help regulate temperatures. So plant a tree today!
With the warmer weather creeping in it’s a great idea to swap the car for a bike and cycle to your destination if it’s close enough. Using public transport is also another great way to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.