The word “sustainability” is pretty popular these days, and with good reason. It’s important that we take care of the world and reduce the damage that’s inflicted on it. Sure, harm reduction on a global scale sounds daunting, but when you approach the problem on a personal level, it’s suddenly a lot easier. To help you work sustainable living into your day to day, we put together a list of five tips that will help you live a greener lifestyle!
TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
One of the best parts about living in a city is the bounty of public transportation options that are available. With buses, trains, light rails, ferries getting from Point A to Point B is easier than ever. Not only are there a ton of options available to get you where you need to go, but using public transportation is an extremely green way to get there. Just to give you an idea, it’s estimated that riders using BART save 280,000 gallons of gas a week. That’s amazing!
REUSE WATER BOTTLES
Americans used about fifty billion plastic water bottles a year. FIFTY BILLION! That number alone is terrible, and many of these bottles are not made of recyclable plastics. So by doing something as simple as using your own container to carry water you not only cut down the number of bottles being used, you also help cut down on the bottles sent to the landfill.
Living a sustainable life can be as easy as making dinner! Getting your produce in-season and from local sources makes a huge difference in a delicious way. It cuts down your reliance on the industrial food economy, which means cutting down on fossil fuels needed to bring produce to your table. It’s also a great knowing that doing your grocery shopping helps support the farms and farmers in your community.
BRING A BAG
It is estimated that the average American goes through between 350 and 500 grocery bags a year. This equates to ten billion plastic bags a year. Since the cost of recycling one of these bags outweighs the value, recycling facilities will not accept them, meaning all of these billions of bags head straight to the landfill. And when you consider it takes 12 million barrels of oil to create all of the plastic bags the US uses each year, bringing your own bags from home is just as smart, and sustainable, as it sounds.
OPT FOR PERSONAL TRANSPORTATION
So many vehicles today are over-designed, underused, and incredibly inefficient in their fuel consumption. Asking yourself critical questions like, “If I don’t need four seats, could I get away with one?” makes you seriously question the current standards for getting around. Luckily, there are a plethora of personal transportation options available. You can bike, and if you’re planning on traveling more than a couple of miles or want to avoid breaking a sweat, you can consider an e-bike. Or you can get on an electric scooter or motorcycle for maximum speed, efficiency and 4-wheel replacement.
There is no magic to sustainability. It’s about becoming aware of your habits and assessing where you can replace certain actions that are better for the environment. Once you put your mind to it, the possibilities are truly endless! We’d love to hear how you keep it green! Tweet your suggestions to us at @RideGenZe so we can all help each other make a difference!