SUSTAINABLE LIVING FOR BEGINNERS

INCORPORATE AN LIFESTYLE INTO YOUR ROUTINE!


In a world threatened by climate change, plastic pollution, and other environmental threats, it has never been more critical for everyone to do their part in creating an eco-friendlier world. However, if sustainability is something


entirely new for you, this is easy to say but challenging to do. Where do you start? And how do you know you are making a positive impact? Worry not, because we've got you covered. Sustainable living can be as easy as a piece of cake if you build small habits one at a time and add new ones as you progress. This article lets us show you a few ways to learn from sustainability pros and reduce your impact dramatically!

SUSTAINABILITY IN THE KITCHEN

Unfortunately, our kitchens are usually the most substantial source of waste in our households. For many people, the food they put on their plate can also have a massive carbon footprint. So how do you improve on the two? Firstly, to cut down on waste, consider how the foods you buy are packaged. If you have the option, avoid plastic packaging, opting for paper, metal, glass or no packaging at all. Then look at produce – it usually does not need to be packaged at all! If your store has limited

options for package-free produce, give farmers markets a try. Speaking of farmers markets, they also offer more local produce currently in-season and did not have to travel across half the world to get to your plate. Every mile, your food travels, it can rack up its carbon footprint! If you do not know where to get started, check out our guide for November's seasonal produce and keep your ey


e on the Thompson Blog for seasonal updates. Choosing more whole ingredients and using seasonal produce helps you eat cleaner and improve your environmental situation at the same time! EAT MORE PLANTS


Produce that has been transported from far away countries are not the only items in your kitchen with a large carbon footprint. Animal products, above all, meat, are responsible for large amounts of methane and carbon dioxide emissions. Beware of fish and seafood, too, as industrial fishing is the single largest contributor to plastic pollution.

By eating more plant-based foods or even going vegan, you can make a big change and cut your carbon footprint down substantially.

REUSE, REUSE, REUSE


How many single-use items are we using daily? Too many! Choose reusable options whenever you can and refuse unnecessary single-use items. For example, many coffee shops give you a discount

if you bring your own reusable travel mug – this way, you can save the environment and some cash alike. I recently or


dered a reusable coffee cup called Hunu. They found a way to use a durable food-grade silicone for the cup and bamboo fibre for the lid, the cup has a heat band to prevent burnt fingers from hot drinks and a built-in plug to make it leak-proof when folded down. Searching for a way to be more sustainable can save you time and money.

EVALUATE YOUR TRANSPORT


Here’s one that you’ve probably heard before – drive less. Worry not, we’re not just going to tell you to walk or bike to work, let’s discuss some other, more realistic options. Firstly, do you have public transportation available that you could use? If not, what about carpooling with friends or colleagues on the same journey? And finally, ask yourself the question of whether travel is essential – can’t you, for example, go to your local gym instead of the one you would have to drive to. Being mindful of the planet and what you eat go hand in hand.



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