73% of Australians believe that they could be doing more to live sustainably1, but what does this actually look like?
We seem to be surrounded by plastic everyday and struggle to purchase products that aren’t wrapped in it (only 1% of Australian don’t buy any products wrapped in plastic when grocery shopping2) so what else can we be doing?
To help those looking to make simple changes and learn more about their environmental footprint, we’ve enlisted the help of Brianne West, Founder of Ethique, to share her top five tips on how to live more sustainably. Brianne believes that environmental sustainability doesn’t mean you have to choose to live without luxuries, it just means you need to be more conscious of resource consumption and reducing unnecessary waste.
Born in New Zealand, Ethique are on a mission to save the planet from 50 million plastic bottles by the end of 2025, and have already helped to save 3.3 million (plastic bottles).
Check our Brianne’s tips for How To Live More Sustainably below:
1. It’s all about local
You don’t have to travel far to begin living a more sustainable life. While supermarkets are filled with amazing products, these can often be imported and don’t come from local farmers. Where possible, consider eating locally – find fruits, vegetables and other locally made edibles that are made available to you.
2. Ditch the disposables
We are all getting used to re-usable bags, rather than single use, but there are so many other ways that you can ditch the disposables. Companies such Ethique make it possible to continue enjoying personal care products without contributing to the 365 million plastic bottles set to be discarded from Australian bathrooms each year3. The brands zero plastic, zero waste approach, makes it possible to purchase everything from your shampoo, conditioner, body scrub and even moisturiser without having a single bottle in your bathroom. Other products that you can ditch and opt for reusable version are: razors, food containers and food seals (consider bees wax wraps).
3. Let’s talk fashion
Whether you have a walk in wardrobe that is overflowing, or you have a more modest selection of clothes, you can still use these simple methods to stop sending everything to landfill. Start by choosing to either resell or donate any clothes that you no longer want or need – there are many options, ranging from Salvation Army, Lifeline, online groups and non-profit resale organisations. Another way to live more sustainably when it comes to the clothes you wear is to invest in slow fashion – items that are high-quality, clean environment and promote fairness for both consumers and producers, rather than fast fashion that is churned out based on the latest trends.
4. Be water smart
There doesn’t have to be a drought for us to be conscious of saving water and consider what habits we can adapt on an ongoing basis. When considering how to be water smart always remember:
- Drink from the tap – we are lucky to be able to, so there is no need for bottled water
- Take shorter showers
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth
- Use half flushes rather than full
- Install water saving shower heads
5. Get those steps up!
It may sound simple and cliché, but putting your strolling shoes on to walk, as opposed to driving, is an easy change that you can make that will have a big positive impact on the environment. Not only will this make it easier to up your daily exercise by increasing your steps, but it will also be mentally beneficial for you. If walking isn’t always possible – consider using public transport, riding a bike or car-pooling, rather than adding another unnecessary car to the road.
So living sustainably is entirely possible without having to go overboard. We are in love with these 5 tips from Brianne from Ethique. Are there any other tips you’d add to the list?
1 – MediaCast survey on behalf of Ethique2 – MediaCast survey on behalf of Ethique3 – MediaCast survey on behalf of Ethique/2016 Census