How can we achieve sustainability

10 tips for more sustainability in everyday life

Everyone emits CO every day2 out. Just by his breath. Now all of us can't stop breathing, but we can already reduce our CO with little things2- Reduce the balance. In order to counteract climate change, we should act as sustainably as possible in everything we do. It starts in everyone's everyday life and is particularly important when we all change something. Sustainability blogger Neele Hoffmann gives 10 tips for your everyday life.

From the microcosm to the macrocosm

When it comes to the topic of sustainability, many people like to use sentences like “What should I change as a single person?” Or “If the big companies don't change anything, I don't see it” etc. There may be some truth to this attitude, but you can also make a difference in your own everyday life, even if you are “only” pursuing the goal of inspiring others with your actions.

The more of us express ourselves critically, ask questions and change our behavior, the more business and politics are put under pressure. If you look at the growing assortment of unpackaged foods in many supermarkets, it becomes clear that the efforts of individuals are by no means insignificant. Here you can read what you can do to make your everyday life more sustainable:

1. The classic: Always have your own packaging with you

Everywhere I go I have old ones Baker's bags, Tupperware boxes, jute bags or fabric nets with it. The times when you were looked at in a strange way are long gone. Even large supermarket chains advertise that customers can bring their own cans. Like many other tips for more sustainability in everyday life, taking your own packaging with you requires a little "practice" or different planning. But once you get used to it, it's very easy.

2. Make cleaning products yourself

Sounds a bit cumbersome at first, but it's really super easy. We now produce almost all common cleaning agents themselves. This is not only good for the environment, it is also easy on the wallet. All ingredients are dirt cheap or you already have them in your house, like the basic ingredient, water. ;)

Here you will find a small selection of cleaning agents that you can use again and again.

3. Buy secondhand or fairly produced fashion

Another classic for more sustainability in everyday life is that Avoid unnecessary purchases especially when it comes to fashion. The textile industry is one of the dirtiest in the world and, in addition to the workers, also exploits our environment to a considerable extent. If you “need” something new, then if possible fall back on fairly produced fashion or, even better, on second-hand parts. There are already so many textiles in circulation that nothing new actually needs to be produced.

4. Just leave things out in the kitchen

Since I've been trying to make my everyday life more sustainable, I've noticed time and time again that I don't need many things. Here some examples:

Parchment paper: Before the baking paper was invented, it was simply left out. There is nothing wrong with preparing cookies, oven-baked vegetables and the like on a baking sheet without baking paper. The only "disadvantage" is that you have to clean the baking sheet afterwards. However, our environment should be worth it to us.

Cling film: Many things that you want to keep can either be packed in cans or bowls covered with a plate. Beeswax cloths are also a great replacement and can also be reused. I haven't bought cling film in years and haven't missed it yet.

Kitchen roll: Another example of something that didn't exist before. Of course, it is practical to tear off a few sheets of kitchen roll and wipe or clean something. You can just as easily use old cloth napkins, small-cut tea towels or rags. After use, rinse briefly under running water and you're done.

5. Less rubbish in the bathroom

In the bathroom in particular, it is particularly easy to produce less rubbish and make your everyday life more sustainable. I used make-up removal pads years ago reusable pads made of fabric replaced. I've done away with facial toner completely and haven't missed it yet. Shower gel and shampoo are now available in many drug stores completely or almost unpacked. Also toothpaste and, the classic, hand soap. Toothbrushes are made of bamboo, and you can get plastic-free cotton swabs everywhere.

Besides, I still only use Natural cosmeticswhich not only protects my skin, but also the environment, as microplastics and other harmful substances are avoided. You can find more about this in my article "Sustainable cosmetics - without animal testing and microplastics".

6. Shop unpacked

To shop unpacked You don't necessarily have to go to a bulk store which are often actually quite expensive. In all supermarkets there is a large proportion of fruit and vegetables, as well as baked goods and sometimes even pasta, nuts and cereals without packaging. If you can't find what you're looking for there, it's best to visit one Weekly market nearby. There is actually everything without packaging or in returnable jars, which you can bring back.

7. Regional and seasonal

This is followed by another very important tip: If possible, try to buy more regionally and, above all, seasonal. I also love avocados and juicy mangoes, but unfortunately they have not yet grown in Germany and will not be Shipped thousands of kilometers. This creates Lots of CO2.

In addition, many of these products need water without end, an often valuable commodity in the growing areas, which would be better made available for the population. All in all, the consumption of non-locally produced food is not exactly sustainable.

8. Buy organic food

If you want to do more, buy Bio. With this decision you can make a significant contribution to ensuring that our environment is not destroyed even more. In addition, farmers and producers are paid much more fairly than in conventional agriculture. In my opinion, the bare minimum for a professional group that ensures the survival of all of us.

9. Sharing is caring

Why does everyone need their own car, lawn mower or drill? If you think about it, there are countless things that are only used very rarely, but still almost everyone has lying around or standing around somewhere.

The best example: the car. For most of its life, the car is parked in front of the house or office door and is not used. A much more sustainable solution would be to simply do all of these things to share or to use official sharing models. Like almost all of the tips mentioned here, this behavior not only protects the environment, but also our wallet.

10. Ride a bike or use public transport

Last but not least, another classic for more sustainability in everyday life:

If possible, quite simply do without driving a car completely. Often very easy to implement, especially for city dwellers, and best of all: You save an incredible amount of time.

I laugh inwardly every time I cycle past one of the traffic jams in the city and wonder what causes people in the world to expose themselves to this stress every day. Riding a bike is so much faster and healthier. Those who like it more comfortable can simply get on one of the numerous public transport options and protect their wallet and the environment in equal measure.

Neele Hofmann

Neele is passionate about sustainability and environmental protection. Her greatest wish is to use her "fire" to inspire as many people as possible to also think about their lifestyle.