Sustainable lifestyle: 5 useful tips for a sustainable and conscious everyday life

Almost every purchase and activity we do has an impact on our environment: it starts with our choice of milk (alternative) in our coffee in the morning and goes all the way to our holiday destination. The question of sustainability comes up in almost all areas of our life. That's why we have collected 5 alternative tips for a more sustainable life, which have a big impact on our CO2 footprint in a short time and which may not seem obvious at first.

1. Switch to a green electricity supplier

Switching electricity providers sounds like a complicated task, but it can often be done within a few minutes by simply submitting an application to the desired new provider. However, there is one thing you should know about green electricity in Germany: no matter which tariff you choose, the electricity that comes out of your socket will always be the one which is produced closest to you. However, the tariff change is a statement that ensures that the energy turnaround is pushed forward and the electricity mix in Germany becomes greener. In doing so, one should look for labels such as "ok power" or "Green Electricity Label", which not only promote the share of green electricity in Germany, but also exclude any involvement in coal-fired power plants. So you never need to have a guilty conscience when you switch on the light again.

Wind Turbines
Green electricity is generated from 100% renewable energies

2. Put 'No advertising' on your letterbox

Sticking a "Do advertising" sign on your letterbox only takes a few minutes, but has a very big effect. This is due to the fact that almost 90% of the advertising that lands in our letterbox goes straight into the paper waste without being read. In total, this corresponds to about 24 kg of extra paper waste per person per year. The CO2 that is needed for the production of the advertising is roughly equivalent to the CO2 emissions of 840,000 cars in one year. So the sticker not only keeps your mailbox slim, but also our CO2 balance.

3. Do a digital detox in the evening

What many people don't know is that streams like Netflix, Spotify & co. require significant CO2 emissions to store the data volumes and cool the servers. A 30-minute stream of Netflix, for example, generates as much CO2 emissions as a 6 km car journey. So it makes a big difference to the environment whether we binge-watch or do a digital detox: instead of watching Netflix and YouTube, play a game, do a puzzle or pick up a book - ideally the one from the library, the bedrock of the sharing economy.

Puzzle
Digital detox idea: puzzle instead of stream

4. Switch to a sustainable bank

At first glance, it may not be obvious why banks are relevant to sustainability. Because what we don't usually see is that banks use our money to support projects that slow down the energy transition or actively drive it forward. But they can also support initiatives against human rights and environmental abuses, which is why we make an active decision about which projects we want to "invest" in when we choose our banks. Sustainable banks, unlike conventional banks, only support ethical and environmental businesses that are driving sustainable change. So it's worth looking at where and how we invest our money.

5. Put an end to fast fashion

Fast fashion means that fashion stores are constantly selling new collections - sometimes several times a month. This trend gives us the feeling of needing new clothes on a regular basis. The low prices also ensure that constant shopping becomes possible. Yet these low costs do not reflect the burden they place on the environment and the people along the value chain. The textile industry produces more CO2 emissions than international air travel and cruises combined. In addition, significantly more clothing is produced than is sold, meaning that overproduction leads to a lot of clothes being destroyed. To counteract this unnecessary waste, it's up to us: it can start with looking in your own wardrobe more often instead of buying new clothes. And if you do want to fill a gap in your wardrobe, you should ask yourself whether you really have to follow every trend or whether timeless fashion is also an option. Furthermore, slow fashion labels or second-hand shops or online platforms are another great alternative. A clothes swap party with friends can also bring a breath of fresh air into your wardrobe without harming the environment. Breaking up with fast fashion doesn't have to mean giving up something new, but can make the morning look in the wardrobe even more conscious.

So there are a lot of areas and potentials in our everyday life to live more sustainable and conscious. We've shared 5 alternative tips with you here, but there are of course other ways to get active. That's why we've partnered with Plan3t: with their app, you can change your habits through challenges and you'll be inspired to make sustainable changes. Have you discovered Blue Farm on the Plan3t app yet? Maybe we can challenge you to a week without cow's milk and support you with an Oat Base.

Sources

Utopia.de: Green electricity, green power, grey power

CleanUp Network: Mailbox Advertising

Utopia.de: Ethical banks

Luxiders.com: Fast Fashion

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