34 Ways to Live More Sustainably: Changes for the Planet

As our world continues to face climate change and environmental degradation, it’s becoming increasingly important to live more sustainably. Living sustainably means making choices that are better for the environment and our planet as a whole. It involves reducing waste, conserving resources, and being mindful of the impact our actions have on the planet. While it may seem daunting to make big changes, there are many small and simple things we can do to live more sustainably. In this article, we’ll explore 34 ways to live more sustainably and make a positive impact on our planet.

Disclaimer: I know that those are individual approaches that can only do so much to save the planet and that some of them need money. I am also very much advocating for a system change BUT while nothing happens I want to make at least the small changes I can while also being active politically. For those small changes, you will find tips in this article.


1. Reduce Your Meat Consumption

The meat industry is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation. Reducing your meat consumption or adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet can significantly reduce your carbon footprint.

2. Choose Sustainable Seafood

Overfishing and unsustainable fishing practices are major threats to marine ecosystems. Choosing sustainable seafood options can help protect our oceans and their wildlife – or totally quit eating fish.

3. Buy Local

Buying local food reduces the carbon emissions associated with transportation and supports local farmers and businesses.

4. Reduce Food Waste

Food waste is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Plan meals ahead, buy only what you need, and use up leftovers to reduce food waste.

5. Compost

Composting is an easy and effective way to reduce food waste and create nutrient-rich soil for your garden.

6. Reduce Single-Use Plastics

Single-use plastics like straws, bags, and water bottles are a major source of pollution. Bring reusable bags and bottles, and choose products with minimal packaging.

7. Choose Non-Toxic Cleaning Products

Many cleaning products contain harmful chemicals that can harm the environment and your health. Choose non-toxic and eco-friendly cleaning products.

8. Use Cloth Napkins and Towels

Reducing your use of paper products like napkins and paper towels can significantly reduce waste.

9. Reduce Energy Use at Home

Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs, turn off electronics when not in use, and adjust your thermostat to reduce energy use and save money on your energy bill.

10. Install Solar Panels

Installing solar panels can help reduce your reliance on non-renewable energy sources and save money on your energy bill. Some countries have financial support for installing solar panels. If you cannot pay solar panels (which I totally understand) you might switch your energy supplier – I found energy suppliers that are 100% sustainable AND cheaper than the conventional ones.

11. Choose Public Transportation

Taking public transportation, carpooling, or biking instead of driving alone can significantly reduce your carbon footprint.

12. Buy Secondhand

Buying secondhand clothing and other items can reduce waste and support local thrift stores and charities.

13. Repair and Reuse

Before throwing something away, consider repairing it or finding a new use for it. This can reduce waste and save money.

14. Choose Eco-Friendly Products

Look for products that are made with eco-friendly materials and produced using sustainable practices.

15. Use a Reusable Water Bottle

Choose a reusable water bottle instead of buying bottled water to reduce waste and save money.

16. Reduce Water Use

Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, fix leaks, and install water-saving devices to reduce water use at home.

17. Choose Sustainable Wood Products

Look for products made from sustainably sourced wood to help protect forests and wildlife.

18. Plant a Garden

Growing your own food can reduce your carbon footprint and provide fresh and healthy produce.

19. Buy in Bulk

Buying in bulk reduces packaging waste and saves money on groceries.

20. Choose Energy-Efficient Appliances

When purchasing new appliances, choose those that are energy-efficient and have a high Energy Star rating.

21. Use a Clothesline

Line-drying clothes instead of using a dryer can save energy and money.

22. Reduce Paper Use

Opt for electronic bills and receipts, and reduce your paper use by using digital documents and notes.

23. Reduce Chemical Use in the Garden

Chemical pesticides and fertilizers can harm the environment and wildlife. Instead, opt for natural alternatives like compost and organic pest control methods in your garden.

24. Choose Eco-Friendly Transportation

Consider electric or hybrid cars, or choose transportation options that emit less carbon dioxide, such as trains or electric buses.

25. Support Sustainable Companies

Choose to support companies that have a commitment to sustainability and use sustainable practices in their production.

26. Reduce Your Water Footprint

The amount of water used to produce the goods we consume can be significant. Reduce your water footprint by buying products that are produced with less water or choosing water-efficient options.

27. Invest in Energy-Efficient Windows

Replacing old, drafty windows with energy-efficient ones can significantly reduce your energy use and save money on your energy bill.

28. Use Non-Toxic Pest Control

Chemical pesticides can be harmful to the environment and your health. Opt for natural pest control methods like planting companion plants or using insect-repelling herbs.

29. Eat Seasonally

Choosing to eat seasonal fruits and vegetables reduces the carbon emissions associated with long-distance transportation and supports local farmers.

30. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint When Traveling

Choose eco-friendly modes of transportation when traveling, such as biking, walking, or taking public transportation. If flying is necessary, consider offsetting your carbon emissions by purchasing carbon offsets.

31. Use Renewable Energy

Consider installing a wind turbine or using geothermal energy to power your home.

32. Support Renewable Energy Initiatives

Support renewable energy initiatives in your community, such as solar energy projects or wind turbines.

33. Educate Yourself and Others

Learn more about sustainability and environmental issues, and share your knowledge with others to inspire positive change.

34. Vote for Sustainable Policies

Vote for politicians and policies that support sustainability and prioritize environmental protection.

Small changes for sustainability

In conclusion, living more sustainably doesn’t have to involve big sacrifices or changes to your lifestyle. Small changes like reducing your meat consumption, composting, using non-toxic cleaning products, and reducing your energy use at home can significantly impact the environment. By making these changes, we can all contribute to a healthier planet for ourselves and future generations.

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