By Sonja Simek, RBI |

The awareness for a more sustainable lifestyle is becoming more omnipresent each day, and there are many ways to make your everyday life more environmentally conscious.

If you don’t want to start by making soap yourself or run a strict zero waste household, check out these 5 tips that make it easy to incorporate sustainability into your daily routines.

Buy regional and seasonal

In the supermarket, it’s worth taking a close look at the origin of the food: Have the products been produced organically and regionally? Is the produce currently in season where you live?

Sustainable shopping opportunities can also be found aside from classic retail: Order a vegetable box from a producer in your region, look for self-service local suppliers who source from local farms, use market gardening in your area or buy directly from the farm. Visiting a local gardener instead of a big garden center can also be worthwhile.

Upcycling: giving things a new life

With all the conveniences of a consumer society, the climate and environment will thank us if we don’t immediately replace some things as soon as they’ve served their original purpose.

If you’re looking for a new hobby, DIY upcycling projects might be for you. Whether it’s giving worn-out furniture a new look or making usable things out of supposed junk: It’s a joy to give objects a second life. 

For the less crafty, there are a number of marketplace apps where you can buy used products at a low price in the spirit of the second-hand idea: Great finds for bargain hunters guaranteed!

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Reduce plastic and chemicals

In addition to separating and disposing of waste correctly, you can help in small ways to reduce or even avoid plastic and chemicals in the household.

This starts with the choice of packaging when shopping and continues at home with storage: Tap water or water sparklers instead of plastic bottles, glass instead of plastic containers or beeswax wrapping instead of cling film.

With simple natural home remedies, the chemical overload can often be avoided. Natural cleaning aids such as vinegar, lemon or baking soda are not only good for the environment, but also better for your health.

Green home office

Quite literally, plants are great for a healthy working and room climate. But in a not-so-literal sense, we can integrate sustainability in our home office: 

  • Off-switch instead of standby mode (this also applies to ourselves 😊)
  • Connect your laptop, monitor, charging cables etc. to multi-outlets that can be switched off
  • A digital filing system instead of printing saves trees, time and toner
  • Stream less data where possible
  • Use energy-saving light bulbs

Choose sustainable providers

The obvious options here are green electricity or gas from renewable energy sources. But we can also shape our consumer behavior responsibly in other areas:

Sustainable online stores are booming, and the range goes far beyond organic food and natural cosmetics only. You can also incorporate sustainable considerations when choosing your investment strategy or insurance products.