Living Environmentally Sustainably
In June, we celebrated World Environment Day! This day brings increased awareness and attention to climate change concerns and environmental issues. Addressing climate change is not something that a single person can resolve on their own, it takes everyone’s collective contributions to make a difference.
Not everyone can afford to install solar panels on their roof or invest in an electric car but that’s okay! There’s no need to change your way of life or spend a lot of money to start living sustainably. There are ways to reduce your environmental impact that can save you money and some that are completely free! Here are a few ideas you can keep in mind when considering how to live more sustainably:
Minimal Waste – For most, it’s not feasible to live a zero-waste lifestyle. When possible, opt for “less waste”. Many stores and markets allow you to bring containers to fill with product. This cuts out the extra packaging and waste you end up consuming. This also means you aren’t paying for the packaging either – which saves you money!
Maintenance for Longevity – Taking good care of your items helps the environment! When products, belongings and appliances are regularly maintained and cleaned, they last longer. This means you don’t have to buy and replace them as often.
Learn How to Preserve Food – We’ve all watched the food we bought at the grocery store go bad before we get the chance to eat it. By using different storage and preservation methods, you can extend the life of your food and in turn, buy and throw away less.
Browse Second Hand First – Before committing to a new purchase, see if you can find the item you’re looking for, second hand. In addition to thrift stores, the internet has become an extensive tool for buying and selling previously used items. You can find many different products in brand new condition from second hand sellers.
Do Better Laundry – Wash using cold cycles – cold cycles use less energy than hot cycles. Do less laundry – not everything has to be washed after each use. Spot clean by hand – spilled on your freshly washed pants? Wash the stain by hand instead of throwing the entire garment in the wash again. For drying – run less dryer loads by hanging your items to dry. If weather permits, you can line dry items outside!
Plan Your Route – Before you drive consider where you need to go and what you need to do. Full day of errands? Plan the route that will result in the least amount of driving and avoid doubling back. Pick up groceries on your way home from work instead of making a separate trip out. If it’s a nice day and you are not picking up or making may stops, perhaps plan to walk or take your bike!
Incorporate environmentally sustainable changes that work for you and your life.
As a responsible corporate citizen, WINMAR® is dedicated to making positive changes that affect not only how we operate, but how we impact the environment. WINMAR® has introduced smaller, more fuel-efficient fleet vehicles, initiating environmental assessments of our corporate facilities and attempting to reduce the volume of debris and waste transported to landfills, are just a few of the practices implemented to reduce our impact.