If there’s one resolution worth making and sticking to this year, it’s to play our role in saving our planet. In 2021, we’re more aware than ever of the multitude of issues afflicting our environment. However, a common misconception is that protecting our planet requires a difficult lifestyle overhaul. This is far from the case; you don’t have to go 100% plastic-free or ditch your car completely to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
While it’s true that large corporations and world leaders need to take action to address the key issues we’re facing, there are things that we as individuals can do to make a difference. Here are our top 6 easy to implement ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
Choose local and seasonal produce
A keyway to live sustainably is to eat locally; while the year-round fruit and vegetable supply at the supermarket is convenient, out of season products imported from around the world consume large amounts of fossil fuel energy. To counteract this, opt for locally grown, in-season produce that works to both support local farmers and enhance the local economy, as well as reduce air miles.
Buy a refillable bottle
One of the easiest ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle is to ditch plastic water bottles. A penchant for bottled water contributes to over a million tons of plastic waste each year. Instead, stay hydrated by sipping from a plastic-free (we like stainless steel or glass) water bottle throughout the day.
Switch to non-toxic, biodegradable household cleaners
Ingredients like parabens, phthalates, volatile organic chemicals, triclosan, and ammonia found in conventional cleaning products can not only impact your health but that of the environment. Ammonia, in particular, is commonly found in cleaning products for its ability to break down grime and stains. However, ammonia also causes hormone disruption, can irritate the eyes, respiratory system and skin, and is toxic to aquatic life when washed down the drain.
Fortunately, Koala Eco products are made without these toxic ingredients, making them a safer choice for your health and the environment. Plus, as we like to take as little as possible from the earth, all our products are housed in recycled and recyclable plastic, meaning no new plastic is created for your Koala Eco bottles.
Choose cleaning cloths over paper towels
Rather than cleaning up spills with single-use paper towels, switch to reusable cleaning cloths. Not only are they sustainable and eco-friendly, but their minimalist design also makes a chic addition to your cleaning supply shelf.
Choose a reef-safe sunscreen
We’re all well aware of the need to protect our skin from harmful UV rays, so naturally, sunscreen is an essential all year 'round. However, many conventional sunscreens actually have a negative impact on the environment. Oxybenzone and octinoxate, two of the most common ingredients found in sunscreen, can harm marine ecosystems by contributing to coral bleaching. To ensure your sunscreen is reef-safe, look for either physical sunblock’s made with zinc oxide, or chemical sunscreens made with reef-friendly actives like homosalate, avobenzone, and octisalate.
Donate and resell unwanted items
Marie Kondo-ing your life by getting rid of items that no longer spark joy not only promotes mental clarity, but also aids in extending the life of your products, reducing the purchase of poorly made or disposable items that end up sitting in landfills for years. Either try reselling your bags, clothes, and furniture online, or donate them to a charity who will redistribute them to families and individuals in need.