We hear about sustainability in almost every facet of our lives these days. Businesses are constantly looking for ways to increase sustainability, and cities all over the world are being pitted against each other to determine which ones are the most sustainable. In a society where consumption has been the longtime front-runner in the determination of one’s social standing, sustainability has become a necessity in trying to preserve our planet. It may seem like a daunting, even impossible task, but there are simple things that can be incorporated into our lives that contribute to an overall more sustainable life.

Shop Less. Begin to unlearn the conditioning that has taught you to purchase so much “stuff”. Instead of buying items that you don’t really have a use for, and will be ultimately be obsolete sooner rather than later, save your money for experiences. Remember the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle”.

Remove Plastic from Your Life. Most plastics are not biodegradable, so they are essentially going to be here forever. Billions of pounds of plastic are currently in the ocean, and they’re killing marine life and destroying ocean eco systems every day. You can immediately start reducing  your plastic use by bringing reusable bags when you go shopping, switch to reusable water bottles (preferably glass or metal), and ditching the unnecessary plastic when buying vegetables and meats (you’ll be rinsing them anyway).

Drive Less. This is not a viable step for everyone (depending on your location or place of residence). But, if it is available, opt for the use of public transportation or a carpooling set-up. If you want to take it a little further, and improve your health in the process, start walking or biking instead of driving. If driving a car really is your only means of transportation, be sure to keep your car tuned up; a properly maintained car uses less fuel.

Eat Less (Red) Meat. Our society’s meat production process is one of the most destructive industries we have created. The production of meat requires huge amounts of water, creates pollution, and contributes to carbon (greenhouse gas) emissions. Opt for locally grown fruits and vegetables to provide most of your caloric intake, and you will be simultaneously saving the earth.

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