Practical Guide to Sustainability
1. Switch to reusable but do stick to it :
We have quite often heard and also known that in order to be more sustainable one must switch to reusable products, every article would suggest you to switch to cloth bags from single-use plastic bags or swap your single-use cutlery to reusable cutlery. Surely this reduces the amount of single-use plastic waste generated but according to several Life Cycle Assessments Reports it might not be completely good for the environment. The cutlery usually made of stainless steel involves mining and the fabric for the cloth bags are sometimes grown in farms which we all know are activities that do have a lot of carbon emissions and are sometimes also cause damage to our water sources either by contamination or depletion and so on. If you are wondering at this point whether we should not switch to reusable items? Then the answer to this is you should switch to reusable items but also keep on frequently using them. In fact, stick to using them since they are usually durable.
2. Make better food choices :
"We are what we eat," they say and when it comes to our food choices we have been witnessing massive changes with a lot of people now depending more on process food and less on fresh or locally grown produce. It is needless to say that processed food causes harm to our health due to all the chemicals involved, the manufacturing in itself also is a major contributor to various pollutions. These are often packaged in plastic which also causes the generation of waste.
Also, the consumption of meat and fish causes a lot of strain on the environment. It is highly advised to rather opt for a plant-based diet and also eat what is grown regionally and seasonal.
3. Be conscious while making a purchase :
The ever-evolving world is bringing in better products every day so that you could upgrade and have the best ever but what it really is doing. It promoting unnecessary consumption. But being mindful of our needs is what that we need to focus on.
4. Dispose of as little as possible :
If you dispose of your waste without segregation as mixed waste just because the waste collectors don't have arrangements to take your waste for disposal. Then try to be sustainable by still segregating your waste and not disposing of the wet waste rather using it for making compost that can be used in your backyard gardens or terrace gardens.