Five Tips for a More Sustainable Lifestyle

Abbie Johnson, Kickstart – Sustainability and Resilience Administrator 9th November 2022

Living sustainably can be defined in many ways, but it’s mostly about making positive changes to reduce your environmental footprint and living in a way that considers your impact on the planet. Below are five handy tips that will start you off on your sustainable journey.

1. Repair, reuse, upcycle

If you can, try to repair and reuse items where possible. Repairing and reusing will save money spent buying new items and reduce the number of usable products entering landfill.

Why not try upcycling used tins for storing stationery? You could even decorate one to create a beautiful vase!

Upcycled tin
Add a splash of colour to used tins to make funky vases.

2. Avoid single use plastics   

Some types of plastics aren’t always the enemy, however, single-use plastics aren't sustainable. Luckily, there are many alternatives you can use to reduce your plastic waste.

Refill containers
Make the most of refill shops.

3. Sustainable mobility

Transportation is the largest emitter of CO2 in the UK, where sustainable forms of mobility such as walking, cycling, taking public transport or carpooling have a much lower impact on the environment. The next time you plan to travel, take a moment to consider a more sustainable alternative.

Two people walking
What other sustainable mode of transport can get you to your destination?

4. Overconsumption

Overconsumption describes a situation of consuming something to excess, with regards to the environment it describes using natural resources in a way that exceeds the capacity to regenerate. Reducing the products you buy and need in day-to-day life will result in less resources extracted and less waste generated.

There are many ways in which you can consume less:

  • Plan your weekly meals and write a shopping list so you only buy what you need.
  • Donate old clothes, swap items with friends and family or buy second-hand clothes.
  • If buying new, consider buying quality items that will last.
  • Support sustainable brands.
  • Repair items where possible. 
Online shopping
Consider what you really 'need', rather than what you 'want'.

5. Invest in second-hand

It’s easier than ever to start investing in second-hand items, with the ever-growing popularity of second-hand stores, apps and websites. Investing in second-hand keeps items in circulation for much longer, which is great for the planet. You might also find some bargains and unique finds, usually at a lower price!

Whenever you’re in the market for something new, it’s always a great idea to check out these second-hand platforms first. After all, the most sustainable items are the ones you already own.

Selling clothes online
Donate, swap, sell!