We all want to find ways to live more sustainably, but it can be hard to know where to start. There are so many environmentally harmful things most of us do every day, it’s all but impossible to change everything in a day. In honour of COP26, we’re listing our top 26 things you can start doing today to live a more sustainable and environmentally friendly life.
Check out the list and be sure to let us know which are your favourites.
- Turn off the lights whenever you leave the room or use smart light bulbs.
- Unplug cords from outlets when not in use.
- Install a smart thermostat in your home or office.
- Keep drapes or curtains open during the day to use sunlight to heat the room or keep closed to cool the room.
- Compost food scraps and yard waste.
- Grow your own vegetables or buy them locally to reduce the use of paper, plastics and emissions from transport.
- Bring your own containers and reusable bags to the supermarket.
- Buy in bulk to reduce packaging.
- Only do a load when the laundry basket/dishwasher is full.
- Recycle household batteries and use rechargeable batteries whenever possible.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator to save energy.
- Bring/use reusable water bottles whenever out and about.
- Install a water filter for “homemade” bottled water
- Use a bicycle for short trips to save energy.
- Donate old furniture or household items instead of throwing them out.
- Donate old clothes instead of throwing them out.
- Use an e-reader instead of buying new books.
- Take notes on your computer or smartphone rather than a notepad.
- Unsubscribe from junk mail (newsletters, catalogues, coupon books).
- Opt to receive bills electronically.
- Check the weather for rain before watering outdoor plants.
- Tighten sink faucets so no water leaks.
- Use a water-saving showerhead.
- Lower the temperature on your water heater or install an instant hot water heater.
- Switch to an electric car.
- Use car-sharing/rental when you need one rather than owning a car.
Which are you already doing? Which had you never heard of? Let us know in the comments on social media!