5 Interesting Facts about Sustainable Living!
Sustainability is a word that has gained a lot of attention in the past few years!
It simply means living a life that is in harmony with our planet. Reducing waste, mindfully using resources and thinking about mother earth before taking action is the need of the moment. These 5 facts will leave you in awe if you are exploring sustainable living. Not only that, it will inspire you to bring some changes in your life too.
Here are 5 interesting facts about sustainable living -
Small changes lead to huge savings
Around 700 million people in 43 countries suffer from water scarcity. By 2025, 1.8 billion people will experience shortage and 2/3rd of the world’s population will face water-stressed conditions. The availability of clean water is reducing every day with excessive usage. In such a situation, small steps to save water are necessary.
If a water tap leaks one drop of water every second, it adds up to 165 gallons a month. Repairing the leakage in homes or offices can save a lot of water every month. A single drop every second might feel like a small thing to you. However, a minute change of fixing can save gallons of water.
Remember how we brush our teeth with taps on and shower every day leisurely? Here’s the amount of water you can save instead. Running a tap for 2 minutes continuously uses 3.5 gallons of water, and taking a shower uses 25 gallons. Imagine the amount of water you can save by closing the tap and using a bucket while bathing.
Sustainable living is about bringing huge impact through small changes!
Buying clothes has increased by 60% in the last 15 years!
An average consumer buys 60% more clothing items than 15 years ago. Fast fashion is triggering people to buy more and buy clothing items. Changing trends make old clothes obsolete. They end up in the bin and cause a loss of $500 billion to the clothing industry every year. All the clothes end up in landfill due to a lack of recycling of the clothes lead.
Carbon emissions from the clothing industry amount to 2-8%. When you choose to buy less and high-quality clothing, it lasts for more years. Choose to buy beautifully curated clothes that remain in fashion for a longer time. It will save the planet and also reduce your expenses.
Biodegradable plastic does not always degrade!
While making choices in our daily life, we choose products that have biodegradable plastic. They seem harmless to the environment. However, the truth is that biodegradable plastic does not degrade easily. Multiple factors affect this degradation process.
They need a specific environment and a recycling unit to degrade such types of plastic. This means that you might be using plastic to save the planet, but it is not creating any difference. It can be possible that the biodegradable plastic ends up in a landfill and degrades at the same pace as regular plastic.
So, next time you buy products in biodegradable plastic, try finding a more sustainable alternative.
Shopping at Farmer’s Market is more beneficial than you think
Shopping for local vegetables and fruits is one of the best steps towards sustainable living. It helps the local farmers and reduces your carbon footprint. Local shopping gives the freedom of selecting the packaging in which you want your groceries to come. While shopping from a supermarket, you have fewer options for choosing the package.
Shopping locally also supports the local economy by providing jobs and economic activities in rural areas. Locally grown foods reach you easily without causing much pollution and carbon emissions. These foods are naturally grown without any modifications and are healthy for your body.
LED Lights save a lot of energy
LED Lights last longer compared to traditional lights. They are 80% more efficient than the regular lights and draw less power. This reduces the requirement for energy from the power plant and reduces carbon emissions. 95% of the energy is converted into light in the LED and 5% is wasted as heat. When using LED, optimum use of energy becomes possible.
LED lights will last for a longer span due to these sustainable characteristics. They will not need replacement now and then. This reduces the resources utilized in manufacturing, packaging and transporting the light.
What is your sustainable practice?
Every fact takes you in the direction of a sustainable practice worth adopting. Now is the time to take a step towards sustainable living with a new way of living. Which habit are you planning to take after reading this blog?
No matter where you are in your journey, you can always build a new habit. We are all responsible for leaving a better planet for the coming generation. The small steps will help to build a healthier, greener and more sustainable planet. Awenest is doing its part by delivering sustainable products through plastic-free delivery. What are you doing to do?
Brinda shah is a freelance content writer. she is a ca turned into a writer who loves to read, write & meditate. you can connect with her on linkedin and on instagram