What Is Sustainable Living & How Can You Start Living More Sustainably?
There is no doubt that sustainable living has become more popular in recent years and it is easier and easier to find products & information about sustainable living in Canada.
But What Exactly Is Sustainable Living?
It is important to realize that sustainable living is a lifestyle, not a trend. Taking actions and making choices that have positive impacts on our environment is living sustainable living. Sustainable living is not waking up tomorrow and throwing out everything around you that isn’t sustainable or made of plastic. It is waking up everyday with an intention in mind to make a conscious decision to consume products that have better impact on the planet or products that are eco-friendly and inspire other people around you to also make small but positive changes with our ocean & our planet in mind.
How can you start living more sustainably in Canada?
Sustainable living consists of 4Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle & respect
Know the difference between what you want and what you need. The less you consume, the less trash you will have. When you consume or purchase products that you actually need or essential to you, look out for the ones that made of material that can be recycled or biodegradable such as bamboo, cork, bioplastic (made of soybean)
For example, instead of buying the regular dental floss that are sold at the local Canadian supermarket, opt in for Wooliio Biodegradable Bamboo Charcoal Dental Floss that is made from bamboo charcoal fiber, coated with peppermint essential oil. This Biodegradable Bamboo Dental Floss gives you a minty fresh taste each time you use it. It is nice and thin, and coated with candelilla wax, making it really easy to glide between your teeth without hurting the gums.
Living a sustainable lifestyle is an overnight process. This is very accurate when you live in big cities like Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. It is much easier to purchase more products and fill up your home with many pretty things that aren’t always the best for our planet.
Have you ever wondered where all your consumable products go at the end of their life cycle? They don’t magically disappear off this Earth. Matter of fact, many of them take up to 100 years to be completely disposed or don’t even dispose at all. You know what this means?
It means that our future generation will be left with the trash and the left-over that we don’t want and have to deal with the environmental consequences that we are dealing with right now.
So what is the solution? REUSE as much as you can. Purchase essential products that can be reusable multiple times and ditch the one time use products.
For example, instead of asking for a plastic straw when you purchase your favourite drinks, bring a reusable stainless steel straw that can be reused multiple times. Did you know that plastic straws often break into smaller plastic particles that will go into our soil, water and have negative impacts on our health, our environment and our planet?
Looking for stylish yet eco-friendly reusable straws to replace plastic straws this summer? Check out Wooliio Reusable Stainless Steel Straws available in rose gold & silver.
We should always try to recycle what we can. The goal is to reduce as much waste as possible within your household but if you must purchase or consume certain items, make sure their packaging can also be recycled.
If you are using gift wraps & gift bags, look for materials that can be recycled. When buying groceries at the supermarket or shopping for your skincare products, opt in for products that are in glass bottles instead of plastic. Check with your local organizations on what can and cannot be recycled.
Last but not least, sustainable living is all about giving the Earth the respect it needs. This planet has given us all the wonderful resources and it absolutely deserves our respect. For years, many of us have been living as if our natural resources are unlimited but the recent natural disasters, climate change and the emerging of new viruses are the message from Mother Nature that it is about time for us to not only respect our planet but also teach our future generations to do the same.
At the end of the day, living a sustainable lifestyle in Canada isn’t a hard thing to do. It starts with you making ONE conscious decision every day to make small changes that will create a big impact over time.
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