Health, How To, Lifestyle

Achieving a Greener Life for You and Your Family

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Sustainable living is more than just a trend. One survey found that nearly 9 in 10 people across the globe want a more sustainable world, and many people are willing to make changes to their habits and routines to make that desire a reality.

Sustainable living doesn’t have to be overwhelming, and it doesn’t mean you need to completely change every aspect of your life. Rather, making small changes to your home and habits can make a big difference.

Let’s take a look at some easy and effective changes you can make to your home and your daily routine to implement a greener way of life. By making these changes and getting your whole family involved, you’ll be doing your part to help the planet now and foster a greener future for the next generation.

Sustainable Home Upgrades

Sustainability and home upgrades might not immediately go hand-in-hand. But, there are plenty of ways you can make improvements to your home that are also good for the planet. Whether you’re totally remodeling, making greener additions, or just want to switch up your home decor, you can foster sustainability.

The best part? Many sustainable home upgrades are also budget-friendly, so you can do something good for your wallet and the environment. If you’re not sure where to get started, consider some of the following ideas:

  • LED lighting
  • Attic insulation
  • Low-flow showerheads
  • Insulated ducts
  • Weatherstripping

Not only are these upgrades easy to do without breaking the bank, but they can actually end up saving you money on your future utility bills.

If you want to make more of an investment in green upgrades, consider switching to energy-efficient appliances, updating your HVAC unit with smart technology, or installing solar panels outside of the home. While you might end up paying a bit more upfront, these investments will pay for themselves over time with the money you save on your energy bills.

Don’t forget to consider upgrades you can make to your home exterior, too. Things like planting a garden, using a compost bin, and saving water with rain barrels are all great ways to be more eco-friendly and add value to your home.

Implementing Greener Habits

Of course, making upgrades to your home is only half the battle when you’re trying to achieve a greener life for you and your family. What you do each day, including routines and habits, can make a big difference in how sustainable your life really is. Some of the easiest ways to “go green” with your daily habits include:

  • Taking public transportation or walking/biking;
  • Buying locally-grown produce;
  • Reducing water use;
  • Making your own cleaning products;
  • Making fewer purchases.

You don’t have to completely change your lifestyle all at once. If you or anyone else in your family is struggling to adopt more sustainable habits, consider “gamifying” some of them. For example, see who can take the shortest shower in the morning, or how much money you can save on gas by biking to work this week. By turning your sustainability efforts into a challenge, you’re more likely to stay motivated and stick with them until they become more familiar.

Cutting Down on Waste

Another way to achieve a greener life in nearly everything you do is to reduce waste. As of 2018, the average American produces 4.9 pounds of waste/trash each day. We live in a world where convenience is everything and it’s nearly impossible to avoid plastic packaging. But, with a bit of planning and preparation, you can reduce your waste production significantly. Start by implementing some of the following practices:

  • Avoid single-use plastics as much as possible;
  • Carry a reusable water bottle;
  • Invest in reusable grocery bags;
  • Recycle;
  • Donate or sell unwanted items;
  • Thrift or upcycle home decor.

When donating your old and unwanted items, you can help other people, and by supporting LifeSavers Foundation, the proceeds will help provide necessities to people in need. You are not just helping other people, but you are also helping yourself to achieve a greener life.

You can even reduce waste when it comes to things like food. Plan your meals ahead of time each week and create a grocery list so you won’t be tempted to over-buy. Try to get the most out of each meal by enjoying leftovers or reusing the ingredients in a different way.

If you do end up with extra food in your fridge at the end of each week, educate yourself on what can be composted or disposed of properly. Things like fruits, vegetables, eggshells, bread, and even dairy products can be composted if you have a bin and know how to do it correctly. Between planning ahead and composting, you’re less likely to deal with any food waste each week.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to achieve a greener life, no matter your circumstances. From remodeling and redecorating your house to forming healthier habits, it’s possible to live more sustainably, improve your quality of life, and get your family involved so your kids can enjoy a greener future. Don’t wait to start achieving a more sustainable life now. Put some of these suggestions into practice, and it won’t take long for them to become second nature.


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Charlie Fletcher is a freelance writer from the lovely “city of trees”- Boise, Idaho. Her love of writing pairs with her passion for social activism and search for the truth. You can find more of her writing on https://charliefletcher.contently.com/
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