Beginner’s Guide to Life Sustainability
Today’s blog post will show you some examples of achieving sustainability in your life. Sustainable development is something that we can all do easily. Today’s topic is mainly about food, clothing, shelter and transportation in our daily life.
This blog was inspired by the COMU3130 course I studied at UQ. Throughout the course, we were asked to post a number of sustainability-related posts weekly on the Facebook Group page called #iSustain. Sometimes inspiration often comes from life. When I study this course, I usually observe and perceive what sustainable behaviors exist in my life. Therefore, I post a lot of sustainable actions on the page that can be put into practice in everyday life.
In sorting through my iSustain post, I discovered that there are many small sustainability actions that we often overlook in our lives. We often overlook sustainable behaviors because they are too small. This led me to reflect that we should pay attention to all kinds of sustainable behaviors in our life and practice them.
Here are 4 sustainable actions that you probably didn’t know you could do.
I don’t know if you’ve ever had a situation where, when we travel by public transport, we have to walk 1km or 2km. I’ve seen friends take a taxi for the rest of their trip at this point. Of course, sometimes I do. Imagine that 1km distance can be completed in just 10 minutes on foot, yet we choose to emit extra carbon.
If you don’t want to walk, in some cities we use shared bikes to complete the last 1km of the commute. Walking or biking is a sustainable way to get around. If you don’t have a shared bike in your area, but you can get around on a bike in a way that doesn’t interfere with your normal routine, cut back on public transport and use a bike instead.
Cycling is not only good for physical exercise, but also saves a lot of time than walking. At the same time, it is more environmentally friendly and sustainable than taking cars.
Do you like flowers? Or would you and your family like to add more greenery to your home? So, do you actually grow flowers in a used wine bottle? The answer is obvious: growing flowers from used wine bottles is a low-cost and environmentally friendly way to grow them. You don’t have to go through the roof to buy some vases. A variety of wine bottles can provide you with beautiful and elegant shapes and patterns. Even when you don’t want to grow flowers anymore, those used wine bottles can still be recycled. It’s a perfectly sustainable action!
If filling a bottle with water is too monotonous for you to arrange flowers, you can also choose to slice a bottle vertically. In this way, you get two mini pots that you can fill with soil to grow your favorite flowers.
We often get some bags when we go shopping. For example, paper bags that come with buying clothes and plastic bags from supermarkets. How can we be sustainable with these bags? You might as well try collecting these bags instead of throwing them away.
I often go to the supermarket to buy things without a bag, so I always spend money to buy a plastic bag. The plastic bag I buy is usually used as garbage bag at home. It may be a very wasteful behavior to buy a bag only as garbage bag. You can do so much more with it!
Plastic bags can be used to prevent clothes from wrinkling. When folding clothes, put plastic bags inside the clothes and separate the clothes with plastic bags. When clothes are placed layer by layer in the cabinet, the clothes at the bottom will not be wrinkled easily because of plastic bags.
Besides, plastic bags can also be used to clean white vests or clothes. White clothes to wear for a long time after washing clean easy yellowed, this time as long as soaked with water, and as usual the soap or detergent or laundry detergent to wash, need not rinse, directly into a plastic bag, good mouth, exposure in the sun for an hour, wash out with clean will become very white like new.
Some paper bags can not only be used to classify clothes at home, but also can be used to pack clothes or other daily necessities when going out. In addition, you can also use these bags to carry your homemade gifts to your friends. Try these and you’ll thank me!
Yes, that’s right! Garbage sorting is one of the simplest and easiest actions to engage in sustainability. Sustainability is easy to do. Imagine the day you go out and throw a plastic bottle into the recycling bin. You’ve done a great job. You’ve completed a sustainable activity.
Participating in sustainability is not as difficult as it might seem, and there are a number of actions that can support your contribution to sustainability if you are willing to do it. You may not have imagined that in the last section, I proposed such a simple measure. But engaging in sustainability is as simple as that. Each of us can be involved and contribute to environmental sustainability.
To sum up, all the examples mentioned above are easily accessible and accessible to all of us. Just like my experience of participating in #iSustain, when I do some sustainable actions, I also constantly think about what other possibilities there are in my life to achieve sustainable development. In this simple process, I found that my awareness of sustainability was constantly improving. Yes, that’s right! As long as you do a few simple things, and constantly think about how to do more, you can have a good sense of sustainability. When each of us takes such simple actions, our environment and our world will become much better. Our future generations will benefit as well. Get involved, it’s easy!