HOW TO SHOP SUSTAINABLY FOR YOUR HOME
Sustainable living is the need of the hour. We all need to do what we can to help the planet. But when it comes to shopping, we fear that the word “sustainable” is just code for “expensive”.
That needn’t always be the case! In fact, brands like IKEA are dedicated to providing you the best accessories at affordable prices, while ensuring sustainable practices.
Here are 6 ways you can shop sustainably even on a tight budget:
Eat Local & Seasonal
Purchasing produce that’s seasonal and local has two advantages. One, you’re helping the farmers in your area. Two, you’re also decreasing the demand for imported food (the transport alone causes massive carbon emissions).
In fact, because they don’t need to be transported across hundreds of kilometres, local produce is fresher, cost less and is more likely to be organic.
Organic Alternatives to Bodycare Products
Instead of stocking the cabinet with your regular soaps, shampoos or deodorants, switch to organic alternatives that you can make at home (there are countless tutorials on YouTube).
You only have to buy the necessary ingredients, so these are much cheaper. And they’re great for you and the planet!
Secondhand Clothing Is In
Clothing companies release upto 12 new collections a year, pushing consumers to buy far more than they need. An excellent way to beat this senseless consumerism is to consider buying pre-loved clothing.
There are many sites that offer lightly-used clothing, a far more sustainable alternative to new clothes.
Used Cars & Electronics
If you can bring yourself to buy second-hand cars and phones that are in great condition, you’ll quickly find you aren’t missing out on anything much. It’s just the electronics industry that’d like you to believe you are.
By doing this, you’re ensuring that raw materials used to make these items have the longest shelf life possible. You’ll reduce the amount of e-waste we generate.
Repair Instead of Replace
The best way to shop sustainably? Don’t shop at all.
Instead of chucking something out at the least sign of damage (more waste) and rushing to buy the latest and newest, ask yourself: Do you really need that new coffee table? Can the old one not be repaired?
Find a helping hand at your local repair shop or make use of the wealth of information available online.
If you follow these simple rules, you can not only make a huge contribution to Mother Earth, you’ll also find you’ve saved up a lot!