The Seeker Sustainability Project is about all of us. It's acknowledging that we aren't perfect, but that we care. It's about working together, to take small steps towards a more sustainable future. To educate, to act, and to improve. These small actions, made collectively by our community of Seekers, have the power to make a big difference in the world. With that philosophy in mind, we put together a list of six things you can do in your everyday life to be more sustainable.
To Be More Sustainable In Your Everyday Life
Recycling reduces the amount of waste that's sent to landfills. When you're shopping, focus on buying products that are recyclable, come in recyclable packaging, or contain no packaging at all (like produce). Make sure you clean any food or debris out of containers before you recycle them. Lastly, skip the bag. Instead put your recyclables into a container and dump the items in that container straight into the recycling trash can.
You can greatly reduce the amount of waste you create by ditching single use items. Some key reusable items to put on your shopping list are a water bottle, coffee cup, grocery bags, reusable containers, and a traveling set of silverware with a metal straw.
#3 Save Energy
This is an easy one that we often forget... when you leave a room, turn off the lights. This is one of the biggest energy-wasting culprits. You can also replace traditional light bulbs with LED bulbs. LED bulbs use 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than traditional bulbs. They will even help you save money on your utility bills!
#4 Less Is More
Quite often, we buy things that we really don't need. Being intentional about the things we do purchase, helps us clear clutter in our homes and creates less waste. For example, going grocery shopping with a shopping list or meal plan will keep you from buying too much and wasting food. If something doesn't get used, freeze it and use it in the future.
#4 Save Water
Be mindful of how much water you are using when you shower, brush your teeth, and wash dishes or clothes. For every one minute you shower, you use roughly 5 gallons of water! Taking shorter showers, turning off the water while you brush, or only doing a load of dishes or laundry when you have a full load goes a long way.
#5 Visit a Farmer's Market
Rather than going to a grocery store, stroll through your town's local farmer's market to get fresh ingredients and support local business. Buying things that are local and in season helps cut down on unnecessary transportation needed to get food from all over the world to a grocery store near you.
#6 Ditch Your Car
Walking, biking, carpooling, ride-sharing, and even scootering are all much more sustainable options of transportation these days. Try creating a car-free day in your weekly schedule.