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5 Simple Swaps to Live a More Sustainable Life

Living sustainably can seem overwhelming at first but it doesn't have to be complicated. Here are some easy ways you can make a change in your everyday life!

1. Walk or bike instead of driving

Traveling by walking or biking significantly reduces your greenhouse gas emissions. Automobiles are a big contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, so by walking or biking you are reducing your personal footprint. In addition to reducing your personal footprint, it helps keep you healthy!

2. Say goodbye to fast fashion brands

The fashion industry is the second largest industry consumer and polluter of water. Materials that most clothes are made with, including polyester and nylon, can take hundreds of years to biodegrade. The good news is there are so many smaller brands that are trying to have a positive impact on the earth! When you’re purchasing new clothes, consider supporting a brand that has eco-conscious practices. Buying sustainably can also save you money if you choose to shop at consignment shops and thrift stores. Nothing beats finding that hidden gem at an amazing price!

3. Switch to reusable grocery bags

Plastic bags not only take up to 500 years to degrade in a landfill but also can make their way to the ocean, causing harm to over 250 aquatic species. Swapping to reusable grocery bags is a simple way to reduce your plastic waste while minimizing the extraneous plastic bags stuffed into your cabinets. You can use any bags you have lying around the house; if you have trouble forgetting your bags in the car, there are plenty of collapsible bags you can keep in your purse or pocket so you never forget!

4. Buy local produce

Next time you grocery shop, considering stopping by your local farmer’s market. Buying local produce can help limit carbon emissions and fossil fuel usage by reducing the miles food has traveled. Local produce is often fresher and organically grown without harmful toxins and pesticides. Plus, shopping local can help out local farmers and businesses.

5. Purchase non-perishables in bulk

Non-perishables such as pasta are typically contained in plastic at grocery stores. One large container of non-perishables uses less plastic than three of the smaller ones, so always buy in bulk!

We hope you find these tips helpful as you continue on your sustainable-living journey!

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