Sustainable habits to implement in your life

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Nowadays it’s getting increasingly more important to re-evaluate our lifestyle choices and change some habits to more sustainable ones. If you don’t know where to begin, read our guide below to identify some potentially harmful habits, why they are harmful, and ways to correct them. 

Switch to organic wines

Wine is such a staple in most Western cultures – and who doesn’t love a good wine alongside their favourite meal? However, it might be surprising to hear that most wines are made using harmful processes. Typical vineyards use herbicides and pesticides, which are extremely harmful to the environment. 

That’s why, if you want to help preserve the environment with all its components, it’s better to be on the lookout for wines that carry the “organic” label – these wines are made from grapes grown in places where the use of harmful substances is prohibited and natural steps are taken to preserve the ecosystem (for example, certain plants may be grown alongside grapes to kill off insects, and sheep may be grown to eat harmful weeds). 

This is a much better alternative for our environment, and quite honestly, they taste better – just try any products from a natural wine shop and you’ll never go back to the non-organic products. 

Always carry a bag with you

Carrying a bag with you for all the spontaneous shopping trips you may take on your way home is a great way to ensure you don’t waste more plastic than needed.

This is one of those habits where little goes a long way. Sure, a reusable bag used just a few times may not seem much, but the numbers do add up – after a while, you’ll realise you haven’t bought any new bags, and the earth will be very thankful for it. 

Give vegan meat a try

This one may be a little controversial, but the truth is, giving up even a little bit of your meat consumption in favour of vegan alternatives can be extremely helpful in fighting against climate change. Beef and lamb meat alone are responsible for the most greenhouse emissions out of every other type of meat, with a significantly higher carbon footprint than other types – sure, there are many variables to take into consideration in order to decide which types of food are most harmful, but red meat is considered by many to be one of the primary offenders.

You don’t have to go all vegan in order to eat more sustainably but do consider trying vegan alternatives to red meat, or simply going for leaner meats instead like poultry or fish.

Tap water, not bottled water

Sure, many companies nowadays have started selling water bottles made from biodegradable plastic, but an even better alternative is cutting down on the needless packaging in the first place. Tap water is a much better alternative, as no packaging is involved – if you feel sceptical about drinking your tap water, a regular water filter should take care of any impurities that still remain. 

Having your very own reusable water bottle, that you can carry anywhere you do, is also a great way to cut down on your plastic consumption.

Change your traveling habits

While it’s true that driving anywhere is very convenient, maybe it’s time to look into your traveling habits and see if there are any ways to switch the driving to more sustainable alternatives. Usually, car drives can be easily switched to using public transportation, or even cycling or walking. Not only will the environment be thankful, but so will your health and energy if you choose the latter. 

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