The beginning of a new calendar can be a good excuse to start or expand a series of sustainable daily habits, such as recycling, saving water and energy, replacing the car with the bicycle or eating in a healthier way for us and for the planet. We bring to these pages ten purposes that should not be missing from your list to live this year in a more sustainable way.
1- Bottled water: no, thanks. In Nattiam we have been quite insistent with this issue. By custom, we find plastic bottles in restaurants, shops, companies... And rarely do we stop to think about the enormous impact they have on the environment. Moving to the canteens or bottles of more than one use is undoubtedly a great purpose to reduce our impact in the coming year. The indiscriminate use of plastic is seriously harmful to our planet. Beyond bottles, stop using plastic straws is also a good challenge to keep in mind.
2. Green electricity: Save electricity. Do not waste light. Make the most of natural light and turn off the lamps every time you leave home. Likewise, replace the bulbs with ones of low consumption or led, which optimize energy.
In addition, it is possible to switch to an electricity supplier that comes only from renewable sources.
Using only renewable electricity is a simple decision that has many social and environmental advantages. With your gesture you make it possible for what you pay for your electricity bill to favor the development of renewable and indigenous sources rather than much more polluting sources. You just have to change to a marketing company that certifies that the origin of the electricity it sells is green, from renewable sources.
3. Feed sustainability: Our diet is devouring the planet. The food system takes time in the spotlight, as many consider it unsustainable and key in the deterioration of our natural resources. The truth is that Western diets are rich in meat and fat and far exceed the recommended 2,500 calories per day. Eating too much or improperly is negative for our health and, directly and indirectly, causes pollution.
According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), livestock is the sector that emits more greenhouse gases, approximately 18%, after transport (representing 22%). In this sense, a study conducted by the University of Oxford in 2014 concluded that the CO2 emissions of vegetarian people are 50% lower than those who consume meat daily. It's not about stopping eating meat, but not about doing it daily. In the Spanish case, it would be enough to return to the Mediterranean diet. It is estimated that this would cause greenhouse gas emissions associated with food production to fall more than 70%.
4. Avoid waste: Feeding sustainability and avoiding waste is possible by planning menus and purchases consciously. You can also “recycle” dishes and create new recipes from leftovers. The European Commission estimates that more than 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted in the world every year, that is, one third of world production.
5. Recycle more and better: Together we have to internalize the 3Rs rule and be aware that waste can have a second life. We must remember that recycling is a habit that should be part of our lives 365 days a year.
6. Public transport and sustainable mobility: Forget the long traffic jams by traveling on public transport. Or, if you need the car, share it with more people and so, in addition, you will enjoy in the company. The possibility of several people using the same car means 40% less CO2 compared to the use of the private car.
7. No to energy waste: Having my house at the right temperature both when it is cold and hot. Heat your home and not the planet: a comfortable winter temperature is around 64.4 - 69.8 °F. The abuse of heating and air conditioning systems leads to wasted energy and unnecessary waste of resources. Always close the windows while using the heating, try to preserve the heat and turn it off when it is not necessary.
8. Sustainable fashion: Consumers are increasingly aware of the environmental measures carried out by companies and brands of the products they consume. Get on this trend and bet on those products that maintain a logic of production and consumption based on responsibility, ethics and quality.
9. Be an environmental volunteer: Thousands of people participate each year in volunteer projects organized by different environmental organizations. Many of these projects are based on actions in the field in favor of biodiversity, such as the thousands of trees and shrubs that WWF volunteers planted this year, to attract attention and call for greater efforts in the restoration of indigenous forests.
10. Not without cloth bag: When you go shopping, remember to always carry your own reusable bag. On average it is consumed in a country 8,476 million plastic bags every year, an average of about 180 per inhabitant and year, the equivalent of one every two days, according to the normative impact report of the Royal Decree on reduction of the consumption of these elements, whose free delivery will remain Prohibited as of March 1. As of that date, light plastic bags with a thickness equal to or greater than 50 microns can no longer be delivered free of charge to consumers, except for only light ones (those used to contain food or for hygiene reasons).