Tips for a more sustainable lifestyle

Few weeks ago, we presented you with some tips on how to build a sustainable wardrobe. Now we want to expand the topic and talk about how you can create a more sustainable lifestyle.

First, let’s define what sustainability means. According to the United Nations, sustainability is defined as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” That said, it implies that ‘needs’ don’t relate only to a specific aspect of our lives. It has to do with our needs at home, at work, indoors, outdoors, etc. That said, we will focus the next lines on sustainability in our households, work, while commuting, and while shopping.

At home

Some improvements that have been proven useful in our own experience include monitoring our gas and electricity bills. By being aware of our consumption we can shift our behavior to our more conscious use of resources. Another advice is to check your lighting and replace it by LED, they are more efficient and last longer, saving money in the long term too.

Ultimately you can grow your own herbs and vegetables and turn off your electronic devices at night. All counts!

At work

In the office, go paperless. Use mobile phone for taking notes. Avoid printing, think twice before doing so; however, if needed, change your settings to double-side printing. You will be surprised by how much costs on paper you save!

During your commuting

Work from home! Especially in times of lockdown, avoid leaving your place and run your meetings online. Whenever this is not possible, ride your bike to the office, or walk. It is great work-out and you can try new and nicer routes to your destination.

When doing groceries

Bring your own bag (this is a must for us at Qullqi). Check for products not wrapped in plastic and stop buying bottled water. Check for local farmers markets to get better quality and fresher goods.

Finally, remember that living in a more sustainable way is not something that happens overnight. It demands patience, discipline, and long-term commitment (to learn, fail, experiment, explore). You might fear trying new things in the beginning, but rest assure that it will pay off in the long run.

What does sustainability mean for you? How do you put it in practice? Do you talk and share thoughts with your friends?

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