If you have never heard of the signs of our planet near its breaking point, you must be living under a rock. Everyone on earth has heard of the consequences of exhausting our natural resources. But how many people are willing to sacrifice their time and effort to become more sustainable? The question becomes easier to answer when the time and effort to be more sustainable is less.
According to a section on the United Nations page, they believe that even the laziest person is capable of being a part of the solution. Here are seven hacks to help you be more sustainable with the least amount of effort possible.
1. One Bag for Produce
When you go to a grocery store to buy fruits and vegetables, there is a plastic bag all over the section. Instead of bagging your fruits and vegetables, why not directly weigh them and place them in one bag. The sticker labels can all go outside of the bag for faster checkout. The solution is simple, time-efficient and when you get home, you can just pour all your fruits and vegetables into your fridge.
2. Smart Bulbs
Old-fashioned light bulbs are a waste of electricity. By buying smart bulbs, you not only use less electricity but most smart bulbs are LED. LED is one of the most energy-efficient lights. In addition to saving energy, you can connect the switch to your phone, so you don’t waste time and effort to get up and turn off your lights.
Whether you are living in an apartment or a house, get a container and start throwing your food scraps in it. This not only saves a few trips to the garbage bin but it also reduces landfill wastes.
4. Dine In
When asked whether you should dine in or take away, as much as possible, you should dine in. In a restaurant, they use a lot of plastic packaging for takeaway. There are also many more reasons why dining in is better. You don’t need to wait until you get home to eat warm food, you don’t need to wash the dishes and you don’t need to throw the garbage as often. So next time, when you are asked, dine in.
5. Bring-Your-Own-Container (BYOC)
Bringing your own container to buy takeaway. From the plastic food container to the plastic bag to contain your food. By bringing a container, you eliminate plastic waste. Another container that is meant by BYOC is to bring your thermos. Now and then, you may have the urge to buy coffee from your favourite cafe. Instead of getting your coffee to go, have them place it in your thermos.
6. Don’t wash your Clothes too often
I’m not saying, “wear the same shirt for a week and not wash them”. I just mean to not wash your sweaters or winter coats as often. According to Ocean Clean Wash, washing your clothes often sheds microfibres into the water, and that in most treatments plants, they cannot filter microfibres.
By washing your clothes too often, you are contributing to pollution. This solution not only saves water in many ways, but it also saves you time and effort.
7. Bathing is a reward, not a daily thing
On average, a person uses 30 to 50 gallons of water to bathe. While showering only takes around 2.5 to 5 gallons per minute, this does not necessarily mean that you have to rush with showering, it just means that you need to be mindful of water usage. By seeing baths as a reward, you can condition yourself to only bathe on special occasions. And by reducing your baths, you are conserving water.
For more tips on how to be sustainable while taking less effort, you should check out the UN page for more suggestions.
- 1 – “World Footprint”. Global Footprint Network. Accessed April 2021. https://www.footprintnetwork.org/our-work/ecological-footprint/#worldfootprint
- 2 -LED Lighting. Energy.gov. Accessed April 2021. https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/save-electricity-and-fuel/lighting-choices-save-you-money/led-lighting#:~:text=LED%20is%20a%20highly%20energy,times%20longer%2C%20than%20incandescent%20lighting.
- 3 – Clean laundry, dirty ocean! Microfibers from synthetic clothes are a major source of pollution. Accessed March 2021. https://www.oceancleanwash.org/#:~:text=through%20washing%20%26%20wearing,plants%20that%20cannot%20filter%20them.
- 4 – Shower & Bath. Water Footprint Calculator. Accessed April 2021. https://www.watercalculator.org/posts/shower-bath/
- 5 – The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World. United Nations. Accessed April 2021. https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/takeaction/
Pictures and Videos
- 1 – The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World. United Nations. Accessed April 2021. https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/takeaction/
- 2 – Bathing Icon. Accessed April 2021. https://www.flaticon.com/free-icon/bathtub_3035169
- 3 – Ezgi Pancar Youtube. Accessed April 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-v1pGKvQsM