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How to Embrace a Sustainable Lifestyle?

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Sustainability is a buzzword, and yet a vague concept to a lot of people. Even though most people tend to believe that sustainability is about the environment, it is a multidimensional concept. The growing concerns on climate change and its consequences on societies and on the environment helped to put the spotlight on sustainability.

Everyone can adapt to a sustainable lifestyle no matter the location or the available resources. Small daily choices have a big impact, and if you are surrounded by a little or not-at-all sustainable options, you will have to think about your own solutions.

Something that’s important to highlight is the fact that common people as consumers and not the governments can be the key drivers towards sustainability. If everyone starts to get involved, from individuals to large communities, changes can be achieved in smart ways that promote doing more with less.

Get started in small steps by focusing on choices related to daily activities and products. Avoid using products that are made through practices or materials that don’t promote sustainability. A new pair of shoes that maybe you don’t need has an impact that extends from environmental footprint to child labor. Maybe you’ll never meet those that are impacted by your choices, but you need to keep them in mind the next time you buy something.

Below, there are just a few tips for a sustainable lifestyle that you can adapt depending on various circumstances. There are hundreds of millions of people that don’t have access to clean water, are undernourished, or live in extreme poverty.
You can go further by launching your own initiative on sustainable lifestyle Not only embrace sustainable living but also help act through innovative ways that promote such practices to others. Remember that there is room for sustainable development everywhere. We suggest you take the free online training provided by the Entrepreneurship Campus, and you will be able to easily notice opportunities that can improve the lives of many people in your community.
If you already have an idea or project, you can join our competitions. Take a look at our novelty for 2019, the Sustainable Tourism Competition.

First steps for a sustainable lifestyle

Focus on food, water, and energy. Buy only the products that you really need and declutter your home. Try to make your own natural home cleaners and personal care products. Refuse single-use items and take advantage of natural light as much as you can. Walk more or use public transport.

Sustainable food

Urban Gardening
Select products that are healthy for your body and for the environment.
Avoid processed foods and eat more plant-based foods.
Grow your own vegetables and herbs. You can grow potatoes even when living in an apartment and even in a really aesthetic way. Make your own condiments
Boycott products that endanger wildlife, even though they can be used due to lack of bans or old traditions.
Check food labels i.e. when you buy coffee look for shade-grown coffee.
Reduce food waste

Water

sustainable living
Use tap water if it’s safe to drink
Fix plumbing leaks
Shower instead of taking a bath or reduce shower time.
Save water while brushing your teeth, washing your hands or dishes, and while cooking.
If you need cold water, fill a bottle and put in the fridge.
If you need hot water and turn the faucet to warm water, collect the water until it gets warm.
If you live in hot weather areas go for xeriscaping

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15 Comments

  1. Thanks a lot for this article. I am in the practice of making my own natural home made products, shoes, bags, baskets, disposables, drinks and the likes. Apart from decluttering it’s amazing how much is saved when we become resourceful and patronize our local goods.

    I’ve learnt from this article the need for sustenance and decluttering, living a healthy and organic life style. I’ll put more to practice subsequently.

    Thanks again

  2. Great insight to a sustainable lifestyle.

    We all can make our WORLD a better place if we are keen on taking conscious efforts towards reducing waste,building an enabling environment.

    Government cannot fix it all,we all need to come in to play our role.

  3. Sustainable in my own words is that which that is affordable and conservative to the environment.
    One way I have achieved this personally at home is the of water.
    In my region, water is scarce and we buy it. So no wastage. I pile and wash clothes once a week to save water. The water I use to rinse the clothes is what I use to flush the toilet for the rest of the day. If it is soapy enough I use it to mop the house

  4. for proper living of all individual environmental sustainability is key.
    thanks for this information.

  5. Having learnt from this article and from friends here who have had their views, I would say, the world would be a better place if we all start to think and act differently through our actions for sustainable development.

  6. In life, we learn and unlearned and relearn again. This is an insightful article on how to live a sustainable life and improve our environment. People need to be educated on how to live and plan a sustainable life. It is pertinent they educated on how to keep their environment clean. I get so sad, whenever I see some people littering the environment, leaving the tap to run endlessly, leaving the bulb light to be on when not in use, etc. These are not a better way to sustain the society. This shouldn’t be the work of the government alone, but every citizen should be proactive in this area.

    Cheers!

  7. Sustainability to me can be defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.

    This article is rich in knowledge about this. Bottom line, as entrepreneurs we need to incorporate sustainability right from idea initiation to implementation. The online training are really educative both in the area of sustainability insight and many more and I encourage those that have not yet done the trainings, to do them. You will learn a lot.

  8. God bless you for this wonderful article. It has opened my eyes. Sometimes the little things we do are the most important things we need to do.
    Thank you.

    Please read my idea at https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/13692

  9. We all can make our WORLD a better place if we are keen on taking conscious efforts towards reducing waste,building an enabling environment.

  10. Thanks for the update
    Sustainability is key and the most important thing to improve life/humanity.
    Please vote and comment on my idea
    https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/24/12544

  11. School should ban plastic bottles. Everyone should have their own water bottles. Drinking water should not be sold.

  12. Sustainable living is the practice of reducing your demand on natural resources by making sure that you replace what you use to the best of your ability. Sometimes that can mean not choosing to consume a product that is made using practices that don’t promote sustainability; and sometimes it means changing how you do things so that you start becoming more of an active part of the cycle of life.

  13. We all know that climate change, global warming, depletion of ozone layer and resource depletion are real and their impact on human and animal lives can be devastating. It is an opportunity for people to adopt actions for sustainable living that can help them to reduce their carbon footprint or environmental impact by altering their lifestyle. Simple measures like using public transportation more often, reducing energy consumption, becoming more eco-friendly can go a long way in reducing your environmental impact and making this planet a clean and safe place.

  14. Small daily choices have a big impact. Together we can do it: a better place to live!

  15. many times i just feel proud not because I won something, just because I knew I thought to reuse something, not buying stuff that I don’t need, not buying stuff that harm nature and animals and mentioning other people to be careful about those too. seeing the world as less harmed is my own reward!

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Timeline 2019

March 18, 2019
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May 15, 2019
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July 31, 2019
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August 31, 2019
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September 5, 2019
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September 5, 2019
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September 15, 2019
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October 5, 2019
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October 19, 2019
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