How can you actually live sustainably? We have heard phrases such as “it’s up to us” or “it’s up to us” often enough in relation to the major environmental problems of our time. But how can each of us, from a practical point of view, organize our everyday life in an environmentally friendly way in order to really do something for our planet?
MAKE WASHING MACHINE & DISHWASHER FULL
Depending on the model, washing machines and dishwashers use huge amounts of energy and water. If you want to do the washing of dishes and laundry with household appliances in an environmentally friendly way, then they should really be full before switching on so that the water and energy consumption pays off for the environment and your wallet.
SWITCH TO GREEN ELECTRICITY
The electricity you use in your home may come from environmentally damaging coal or nuclear power. To counteract climate change, it is worth switching to green electricity, which is generated, for example, from renewable energies such as wind, sun or water.
USE BAKING SODA AS AN ALL-PURPOSE WEAPON
Soda (sodium hydrogen carbonate) is the secret weapon that enables you to live as plastic-free as possible. In the household, for example, baking soda can be used as an oven cleaner, as a bath additive or as a pipe cleaner. Since you get the remedy in paper, you don’t make any unnecessary plastic waste and replace a lot of household items from the drugstore.
MAKE WASHING UP LIQUID FROM IVY YOURSELF
I have been making my hand washing-up liquid from ivy leaves myself for a number of years. They grow on every corner and in every season and contain saponins, which ensure the foam in a short time.
BUILD FURNITURE YOURSELF
Do you consider yourself unskilled? Even then, it is no problem to try your hand at simple DIY bedside tables made from old oak planks, In this way you can upcycle material that may have been stacked in the corner for several years and avoid unnecessary waste by packaging new furnishings.
SHOPPING WITH A CLOTH BAG OR BACKPACK
Nowhere is there so much plastic waste as with regular shopping. There is a lot of superfluous plastic packaging such as plastic bags that can be sustainably replaced by an eternally reusable and washable jute bag. You can also just go shopping with a backpack, and playing music while shopping can make your shopping better and using Clip Converter can help you get the songs you want.
GLASS INSTEAD OF PLASTIC
A nice example of this tip for a sustainable everyday life are milk & yoghurt from the glass. In (almost) every supermarket you can get both in returnable glasses, which you simply bring back after use. In this way, you can avoid a lot of garbage in the spirit of the zero waste lifestyle.