March 2, 2021

How To Be More Mindful Of Guilt-Free Living

The collective understanding of the need to reduce our carbon footprint is greater than ever. And while there are plenty of ways that society can change as a whole, you must also take responsibility for your personal actions. Control the controllable.

Thankfully, seemingly small changes can often generate the biggest improvements. Here are just some of the ways that we can all improve our lives. While you might not implement them all, focusing on those that work for you will bring significant results.

Rethink how you use the home
You already appreciate the benefits of switching to LED lights or a water-conserving toilet. That’s great, but habitual changes are equally crucial. This could mean building an alfresco kitchen and spending more time outside. Or it may be something as simple as switching off appliances rather than putting them on standby. Given the amount of time you spend at home, it is the perfect place to begin the transformation.

Drive a hybrid
Aside from the home, your vehicle is almost certainly the worst culprit for increasing your carbon footprint. If you are in a position to drive an electric vehicle, that’s great. However, the research shows that it could be a few years longer before this is a widespread option. Affordability and convenience are the two main issues. In the meantime, you can make a positive impact by driving a hybrid for the next five years before making the switch to EV later on.

Choose environmentally-friendly brands
As a consumer, choosing eco-friendly brands is one of the smartest things you can do. The personal care industry is one that has seen a clear shift towards ethical manufacturing. Whether it’s chemical-free ingredients or plastic-free packaging doesn’t matter. Any company that makes a commitment to doing better provides guilt-free shopping. Aside from the personal care sector, you can look to use this approach in fashion and virtually any other industry.

Make things last
Most people think that they are quite resourceful. Sadly the vast majority are far more wasteful than they’d like to admit. Therefore, running your attention to upcycling clothes or old home equipment can be very useful. Meanwhile, selling unwanted goods rather than sending them to the trash can make a big difference. Obviously, you should try to recycle as many goods as possible too. This will significantly reduce your impact on the planet’s resources.

Reduce food wastage
Food waste accounts for a lot of damage to the planet, not least in terms of greenhouse gases. The food waste stats show that around one-third still ends up in landfills. The best way to avoid this is to review your consumption levels and adjust your grocery shop accordingly. Growing some foods can also help.

The environmental rewards are supported further by financial savings. If that doesn’t inspire you to make a change, perhaps nothing will.

There are many other ways to reduce your carbon footprint, either directly or by supporting others that give back to the planet. This can be done with ideas like replanting trees in the forest. It’s great for your environment, finances, and karma. Perfect. 

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