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From the foods we consume to the lifestyles we lead, we all share a responsibility to incorporate a sustainable way of thinking when it comes to everyday activities.

Minor changes like turning off the lights when you leave a room, not leaving the TV on standby and taking shorter showers can make a difference both to your carbon footprint and to your energy and water bills. We’ve collected some great tips for how to lead a sustainable lifestyle and help protect the planet that should be easy to incorporate into your daily schedule.

What is sustainable living?

Sustainable consumption and living are the ways in which our society can work together to reduce our use of the planet’s natural resources. Choosing to live and eat in a way that reduces our own personal carbon footprint is a great way to protect the earth and ensure it is there for future generations to enjoy.

Seven tips for how to be sustainable

Here are seven great sustainable practices that you can adopt to ensure that you are living a sustainable lifestyle:

  1. Reduce or reuse your waste

    From buying less single-use plastic products to finding exciting new meals to create from your leftovers, there are plenty of ways to reduce the waste that your home produces.

  2. Get recycling or upcycling

    Recycling and upcycling your old packaging are great ways to help reduce your own personal carbon footprint. Old plastic containers are great for holding craft products and yoghurt pots can be used for fun games with children. By recycling you are also helping to reduce the energy required to create or dispose of products we use at home.

  3. Buy products from brands who are on plastic-free journeys

    Flora is one of the brands that are now taking steps to reduce our use of plastic and find sustainable alternatives for our ingredients. By buying these products, you are taking steps to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

  4. Buy locally produced foods

    Buying locally produced fruit and vegetables whilst they are in season minimises the energy required to import them. Our demand for produce all year round leads to high energy use to transport and store the foods. Instead, buy local and seasonal! This will also help to boost the local economy.

  5. Choose Fairtrade-certified products

    Guarantee a sustainable lifestyle for producers of food in less advantaged producer countries by buying Fairtrade products. They are easy to spot by the Fairtrade logo on the packaging!

  6. Grow your own

    Your back garden or a local allotment are the perfect places to test out your green fingers and start growing your favourite fruit and vegetables. This is a great way to reduce the earth’s natural resources which would usually be required to bring the food to your table.

  7. Get sustainable at work

    Changing your own home is one thing, but why not take steps to adopt sustainability in the workplace? From switching off lights and computers that aren’t in use to ensuring that you and your colleagues are recycling as much of the waste you produce as possible, you could also help encourage others to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle!

We all need to adopt more sustainable consumption and lifestyle habits to look after our planet, and now you have some top tips to help you live a more sustainable lifestyle. Once we all start making small changes to how we live, we will make a big difference.