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To teach our children good values, we need to lead by example. Living a green lifestyle is increasingly important, and it doesn’t have to be difficult. There are so many simple changes you can make to go green. Let’s start off with these five great ideas to live a more sustainable lifestyle:
1 . Switch up your diet
According to a study from the University of Oxford, ‘cutting meat and dairy products from your diet could reduce an individual’s carbon footprint from food by up to 73 percent.’ You might not be ready to try veganism straight away, and it is a big step. Consider first reducing the amount of meat you consume. When you feel ready, you might start with vegetarianism.
To help you make a start, try using the GreenKitchen app, here you’ll find plenty of delicious and healthy vegetarian recipes. The app is easy to use, and includes plenty of photo and video guides.
- Conserve water
To live a greener lifestyle, try to save water around your home. To help you out you can purchase water- efficient shower heads. These showerheads push the water through tiny holes while adding jets of air. You can also buy flow-restricting fixtures to use on your taps. For a few other ways to conserve water, try these:
- Purchase a rainwater collector.
- Try a low-flow toilet.
- Get into good habits, like not running the taps for so long.
- Support Sustainable Companies
To live a green lifestyle, it’s important to support sustainable companies. Look for brands that are eco-friendly, cruelty free and ethical. Focus on earth-kind and biodegradable materials. If you need help researching sustainable companies you can try using the ‘Good On You App’. Here you can get the low-down on plenty of brands, helping you to practice more mindful shopping.
- Grow Veggies
Growing your own foods is a great way to live more sustainably. There are plenty of vegetables and fruits that you can grow in your garden. If you have kids, growing food is a great opportunity to teach them about living green. Kids love playing in the garden, and you can turn vegetable growing into a fun game. There are so many benefits to gardening, you’ll get some exercise and improve your mental health too.
- Drive Less
Reducing your driving time is a great way to lower your carbon footprint. Before you jump in the car, consider taking your bike and going for a stroll. If you do drive, an electric vehicle is the most sustainable option. EVS don’t need fuel, so you’ll also save some money. Driving can be a big expense, but there are lots of ways to save. Before you renew your car insurance, look around for new deals. There are plenty of very cheap car insurance options out there. You might also consider opting for a second-hand vehicle.
To look after the planet we all need to try and live more sustainably. When you live sustainably you can also boost your savings.