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9 Small Changes to Lead a More Sustainable Lifestyle

There are many small things you can do to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. These tips are simple but meaningful and can reduce your environmental footprint. Another advantage? You’ll find that making some of these changes can also lead to other benefits, such as improving your health or helping you save some cash.

Thermostats play a big part in living a sustainable lifestyle.

Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and use warm clothing and blankets to keep you warm. In the summer keep it a few degrees higher.

Unplugging a hair straightener / iron will help.

Unplug chargers, electronics and appliances after you’re done using them.

Taking a short shower on a low flow faucet.

Try to shorten your showers by a couple of minutes and turn off the faucet while lathering to reduce water use.

Use a clothesline to dry your socks.

Use a drying rack or clothesline to dry your clothes instead of the drying machine.

Ride a bike to work or school to reduce carbon emissions.

Walk or bike to work or school to save on gas and parking costs.

Did you know eating a salad reduces your carbon footprint?

Eat a meatless meal at least once a week.

Reusing isn't hipster, it's green.

Purchase from thrift shops or search for gently used items online.

Reusable bags like this one are better than the plastic ones collected on every grocery trip.

Take reusable bags for trips to the grocery store.

Don't throw away that plastic bottle. Refill it!

Carry a water bottle to refill instead of purchasing bottled water.


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