Simple Ways to Be More Sustainable in Day to Day Life

Story by Jackie Cohen


1. Print or write on both sides of your paper.

2. Study outside. By doing so, you will be using natural light instead of wasting energy on artificial lighting.

3. Purchase used textbooks so that less new books are produced and less books end up in the landfills.

4. Recycle. (Look at other article to find what is recyclable and what is not.)

5. Use reusable water bottles instead of constantly buying more plastic bottled waters.

6. Use reusable shopping bags to prevent using more plastic bags.

7. Participate in “Swap not Shop” to obtain items you may need.

8. Remember to turn off the air conditioner and lights when you aren’t home.

9. Turn the water off while you brush your teeth, this is a given.

10. Take shorter showers. If you want to take this to the next level, you can take navy showers where you turn the water off when you are not using it and turn it on only to rinse off.

11. If it is possible, walk or ride your bike somewhere instead of driving.

12. Carpool whenever it is possible.

13. Eat locally-grown and organic food.

14. Eat vegetarian once a week. Producing meat uses a lot of fossil fuels, water, and land. To produce 1 pound of wheat, you need 25 gallons of water, but you need 2,500 gallons of water to produce 1 pound meat.  

15. Air-dry your laundry to use less energy.


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