Simple Tips To Live More Sustainable

50 Easy tips to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

1. Use a bicycle as your main form of transportation. Buy it second-hand from a trusted shop.

2. If your work is not reachable by bicycle, use public transport. Make it a habit to use it at least a couple of days per week. It’s also a great opportunity to catch up on reading and podcasts.

3. Use stairs over the elevator. This also doubles up as a booty workout.

4. Bring your coffee-to-go reusable cup.

5. Opt to receive digital letters and notices.

6. Put up a no junk mail sign on your letterbox to limit the amount of paper waste.

7. Send cards made from growing paper.

8. Turn off your computer and other electronic devices before going to sleep.

9. Spend more time outside. Try to go for a walk at least 20 minutes per day. Regardless of the weather.

10. Eat more plant-based whole foods. Eat completely vegan once or twice per week.

11. Read your favorite newspaper publications online instead of reading the paper versions.

12. Cook more at home. Regularly prepare home-cooked meals and save on takeaway storage containers.

13. Refuse disposable cutlery and napkins. Get your own set of reusable bamboo cutlery.

14. Carry around your handkerchief instead of using disposable tissues.

15. Use cloth diapers and wipes for your baby.

16. Use stainless steel drink bottles or glass bottles.

17. Buy second-hand clothes for your baby made from cotton. Refuse polyester as much as possible.

18. Use only wooden toys and toys made from natural materials.

19. Get the furniture for the nursery room second-hand.

20. Make your own baby food in batches, portion it and freeze it.

21. Use washable straws instead of disposable plastic straws.

22. Use cloths instead of paper towels.

23. Make your own coffee instead of buying takeaway.

24. Use make-up brands that don’t test on animals.

25. Use only natural and organic skin-care brands.

26. Start replacing your bathroom products for zero-waste products.

27. Use a bamboo toothbrush.

28. Make your scrub.

29. Use LED lighting instead of incandescent lighting as it’s proven to last longer, which reduces the need to keep purchasing light bulbs.

30. Instead of turning on the heating, put on an extra layer of clothing.

31. Open up your curtains and use as much natural light as possible before switching on the lights.

32. Turn off the lights when you leave a room.

33. Hang your wet clothes on a drying line or rack instead of using a powered dryer.

34. Wash your clothes on the laundry machine only when you have a full batch.

35. Get a water-saving showerhead and time your showers to 5 min.

36. Grow your own herbs, fruit, and vegetables and use organic fertilizers.

37. Refuse plastic bags. Take your own bags for groceries.

38. Buy fruits and vegetables without plastic packaging.

39. Avoid buying plastic-wrapped dry products, opt for products packed in carton boxes.

40. Refuse plastic bottle water.

41. Look for outfit inspirations on Pinterest with items of clothes that you already have.

42. When you need new clothes, go to second-hand shops first.

43. Refuse fast-fashion brands. Unsubscribe from their newsletter, erase the apps.

44. Invest in better quality items that last longer.

45. Support fashion brands that are ethical and environmentally conscious.

46. Save gift bags and boxes for future use.

46. Give people experiences instead of things.

47. Use rechargeable batteries where possible.

48. Recycle your devices when ready to dispose of.

49. Buy refurbished electronic devices

50. Fly by airplane only when it’s necessary. Plan your vacations by train, bike or by car.

The best way to changing your life towards a more sustainable life is dong it little by little. Changing one habit at the time.

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VEGAN STARTER TIPS

Today I´m celebrating 5 months of been vegan! Wuhuu and I couldn’t feel happier about it. As you might know, I have been conscious about fashion and support second-hand and ethical brands since a long time. Funny enough, I was never conscious of what I eat. Coming from Colombia, a land where if you don´t eat meat you get chicken, I grew up thinking that I needed to eat meet at least once per day

I started to get more awareness about the veil industry and the consequences to the environment when I watched the documentary of Leonardo Di Caprio “Before the flood”. I was in the mood for more documentaries about it and that´s when I watched Cowspiracy. After that, literaly from one day to the other I started my vegan journey. I still have a lot to learn, but after 5 months I feel confident to give my top 6 starters tips.

1. Clean up your shelves and fridge
Once you made the decision of start eating vegan, make sure that your house is vegan proof. Go through your shelves and fridge and put aside the nonvegan food you still have. You can then decide whether to finish it up or give it to your nonvegans friends and family. It is important that once you made the decision, your house is vegan proof at least in the kitchen.

2. Print out a poster of vegan nutrition
Hang posters on your fridge with information about where to find Calcium, Protein, Iron, vitamin D, B12, and Omegas. Those are the top nutrients that vegans may fall short on. You can go through Pinterest and choose the one you like the most. This one HERE was very helpful to me. With the pass of the time, you will learn this. It is important that you have them visible so that you eat enough of all the nutrients your body need. In HERE you can find more information about how much of each you should eat.

3. Stuff your shelves and fridge with vegan approved food.
Go for a big grocery shopping haul and get all the fruits and vegetables that are in season and that you like as well as all seeds, nuts and legumes and grains. As seeds and nuts, I  bought almonds, walnuts, pumpkin-, flax-, chia-, and sesame seeds. And legumes and grains I got kidney beans, red and brown lentils, green peas, peanuts, chickpeas, rice (integral), oats, corn, couscous (integral), quinoa (integral). This stash is basic for this new way of eating. For me, it lasted long until I needed to go to the supermarket again. This is helpful because you won´t run out of vegan things to eat and you can combine these ingredients with fruits and veggies.

4. Plan ahead and be prepared
Make sure you always have enough food that you can eat in your house, at work and basically in your bag. On my bag, I always carry with me an apple or any other fruit that won´t smash and dirty my bag, and I also have hummus sandwiches or peanut butter sandwich with me. I used to commute to Amsterdam and waiting in the station is the perfect moment to eat. If you are always prepared you won´t be hungry and you will save some money. 😉

5. Have fun!
Once you are all settled, you can start experimenting with new recipes and discover new fruits and vegetables. I live in The Netherlands and I have found great recipes via http://www.ah.nl. Simply type the ingredients you have + vegan and you will find a lot of recipes to choose from. This technic you can also use in Google.

6. Stay connected
The second I decided to been vegan I joined a couple of vegan communities that I find very helpful. It is important to find people like you, with the same struggles. I found very helpful people in these communities. If you are using Facebook, join some vegan groups and dare to ask questions and be active. Once in facebook, write down on the search function the word vegan and you will find groups and you can choose a few that are in your country and language. I started following also vegan blogs and vegan Instagram accounts.This has personally helped me to continue my journey as a vegan and feel connected to others.

If you want more information about the vegan lifestyle this is a list of films and documentaries that might help you to understand more about this topic:

Cowspiracy – Watch Here
Earthlings – Watch Here
Forks Over Knives – Watch Here
Food Choices – Watch Here
Food, Inc. – Watch Here

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead – Watch Here
Blackfish – Watch on Netflix!
Meet The Truth – Watch Here
Glass Walls – Watch Here

 

Dear veteran vegans, what would you add to the list? What are your tips for new vegans?
Are you already vegan? I made a copilation of 20 funny vegan meme. Check them HERE.

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