Sustainability Begins at Home: How to Live a Lower-Carbon Lifestyle 

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“Surely we have a responsibility to leave for future generations a planet that is healthy and habitable by all species.” - David Attenborough. 

Once, a wise person said, “Small changes can make a big difference,” and this is true in every sense. Making small changes like wasting less food, using reusable items, and using public transport, can surely impact the environment and the people living around us. We are a society, and we are responsible for mishappenings around the world. Do you know we can lower the carbon footprint at home? Yes! It can be done. Want to know how? Keep reading the blog. So let’s go! 


What is Sustainable Living? 

Sustainable living is the most popular lifestyle choice of the past decade. It is achieved by making choices that aim to reduce our individual and collective environmental impact by making positive changes to climate change and repairing the environment. It is considered the best way to reduce our carbon footprint and help us better use the earth’s resources. 


How to Live a Lower-Carbon Lifestyle at Home?

The greatest mantra for lower- carbon emissions is to reduce, reuse, and recycle. We have gathered some tips that will help you live a lower-carbon lifestyle at home.  


1. Save Water 

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” Many parts of the world are privileged enough to get clean water, but that doesn't mean you will waste it. To save it from wastage, keep an eye on the length of your shower, fix dripping taps, re-use unsalted cooking water to feed your plants, and don’t leave the water running unnecessarily. 


2. Recycle Everything You Can 

“When you put the whole picture together, recycling is the right thing to do.”  The items we don’t recycle often end up contributing to the toxic gasses that collectively affect the environment and contribute to climate change. You just have to check the packaging for a recycle symbol and put it in the right can. You can also recycle your old laptops, phones, cameras, and batteries.


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3. Start a Compost Bin 

“Never plant without a bucket of compost at your side.”  Composting your leftover vegetables and fruits will help the soil retain moisture, reduce water runoff, and conserve landfill space. It is an easy and manageable way to make a huge difference in the environment. 


4. Go eco-friendly 

Every day you get to choose between the planet and plastic. Without any debate, you must choose the planet. From shampoo bottles to toothbrushes, everyday products we use are made of plastic, which is eventually bad for the environment. 

Thankfully, there are many alternatives to these products available today. Before you buy, you just have to do a little research.  


5. Use Public Transport 

You always have the option to choose public transport, so choose it. If your workplace is not too far, you can opt to walk or cycle to the work. It will not only make lower-carbon changes in your life but will also make you fit and save your money. 


6. Support Local Businesses 

More than convenience, online purchasing has become a trend. Do you know that these transports have a very negative impact on the environment? Yes! It does. 

Transportation burns out petroleum, which is a huge contributor to air pollution and leads to global warming. Instead of online shopping, you can shop locally, it will not only support small businesses, but it will also help them to stay open and continue employing local people.


7. Reach out to local government officials

To save the planet, we need to make changes at our level. However, government officials have the authority to make changes that an individual does not. Therefore, reach out to your government officials and urge them to make some policies and campaigns that ensure green policies and repair the environment. 


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8. Maintain your Wardrobes 

Who does not like shopping? Everyone does! But, have you ever wondered if buying unnecessary clothes can harm the environment? It does have a bad impact on the environment. 

Every garment needs a certain amount of energy during the production process. However, maintaining it and choosing the right fabric will help you keep a low-carbon wardrobe. You can buy what you need and that fits. Choosing natural fabrics such as cotton and silk will also help you lower carbon as it does not depend on chemicals and pesticides. 



This is high time we should rethink our activities harming the environment. These small efforts will surely help you to live a sustainable lifestyle and lower your carbon footprint. Remember, your personal carbon footprint can affect the global pollution level. So, give it a shot and try your best to lower your carbon emission with these small tips. 

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About the author:

KAJAL THARWANI, OpenGrowth Content Team

An explorer who takes risks and learns from her mistakes. An aspirational content writer, studying social work. Kajal loves trying her hands in different crafts.

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