7 tips for a more sus­tainab­le lifestyle

Committing to switch to an eco-friendly lifestyle can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be though. We’ve composed a list to help you make the transition in simple and easy steps. You’ll soon find that sustainable living isn’t only good for our planet, there are many benefits on a personal level as well.

As we are slow­ly adjus­ting to the COVID-19 pan­de­mic, the­re has never been a bet­ter time to con­si­der the world in which we live. The­se recent events have ser­ved as a remin­der of the fra­gi­li­ty of our world. They demons­tra­te that we can no lon­ger take our pla­net for gran­ted. It’s our job to pro­tect it and ensu­re that future genera­ti­ons can also expe­ri­ence the won­ders of this pla­net. At neu­bau eye­we­ar, we belie­ve that sus­tainab­le living is a vital step to take to ensu­re the well­being of our environment. 

The­re­fo­re we pro­du­ce our glas­ses in our home coun­try Aus­tria, to ensu­re the respon­si­ble use of resour­ces.
The use of plant-based mate­ri­als such as natu­ral­PX and natural3D redu­ces our eco­lo­gi­cal foot­print without com­pro­mi­sing design and qua­li­ty. Our SEE & DO GOOD mot­to rela­tes to the aim of com­bi­ning sus­taina­bi­li­ty and high-qua­li­ty design. Com­mit­ting to switch to an eco-friend­ly life­style can seem daun­ting, but it doesn’t have to be though.

We’ve com­po­sed a list to help you make the tran­si­ti­on in simp­le and easy steps. You’ll soon find that sus­tainab­le living isn’t only good for our pla­net, the­re are many bene­fits on a per­so­nal level as well. 

1. Have a Staycation

Swit­ching your sum­mer vaca­ti­on to a stay­ca­ti­on’ is an ide­al way to redu­ce your car­bon foot­print. A stay­ca­ti­on — a vaca­ti­on in your home coun­try — doesn’t need much plan­ning. With the effects of the cur­rent COVID-19 pan­de­mic still pre­sent, stay­ca­ti­ons are beco­m­ing an incre­a­singly popu­lar choice.
If you deci­de a stay­ca­ti­on is right for you, we recom­mend cam­ping as a good place to start. Not only is it eco-friend­ly but there’re also nume­rous bene­fits for you.


Mini­mum Cost

Cam­ping is always a cost-effec­ti­ve opti­on. You won’t need to spend money on expen­si­ve flights and of cour­se, you won’t be stay­ing in a hotel. All you need is a tent and a place to stay.

Men­tal Wellbeing

Get­ting clo­ser to natu­re is a gre­at way to impro­ve your men­tal health, reli­e­ving stress, and anxie­ty. You can even take dis­con­nec­ting to the next level and switch off your elec­tro­nic devices. Taking a break from the out­side world allows you to reset. It can help to redu­ce any nega­ti­ve fee­lings you might have in your day to day life.

Phy­si­cal Health

Cam­ping pro­vi­des you with the per­fect oppor­tu­ni­ty to impro­ve your level of fit­ness. Cycling, hiking, and swim­ming are just a few ways you can do this while on your cam­ping adven­ture. Exer­cis­ing also hel­ps to impro­ve your mood, so you’ll have fun at the same time.

2. Con­ser­ve Water and Energy

Tur­ning your atten­ti­on to your home is a simp­le and effec­ti­ve way to ensu­re sus­tainab­le living. There’re a few simp­le things you can do to make a big dif­fe­rence. Here are a few quick and easy tips:

  • Switch off the water fau­cet while brushing your teeth.
  • Turn off lights when you’re not in the room.
  • Use a washing line to dry clothes ins­tead of a dryer.
  • Use LED light bulbs.
  • Switch off electri­cal app­li­an­ces ins­tead of lea­ving them on stand by. 

Hea­ters and air con­di­tio­ning units use a signi­fi­cant amount of ener­gy. Befo­re swit­ching them on stop and think, can I wear a jum­per ins­tead? If you need to heat your home, make sure that it’s well insu­la­ted. This redu­ces the amount of heat that escapes, mea­ning you’ll was­te less ener­gy. Pro­per­ly insu­la­ting your house is a good invest­ment any­ways, as you’ll most likely see a reduc­tion in your hea­ting costs.

3. Grow Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

Home­grown fruits and vege­ta­bles are more sus­tainab­le than tho­se bought from the super­mar­ket. They don’t have to be trans­por­ted any­whe­re or packa­ged in plastic. They’re also healt­hi­er becau­se they haven’t had harm­ful fer­ti­li­zers and pesti­ci­des spray­ed on them. Not to men­ti­on, gro­wing your own food is an extre­me­ly gra­ti­fy­ing experience.

You don’t need to be a pro­fes­sio­nal gar­de­ner to be able to grow your own pro­ducts. Most gar­den cen­ters and super­mar­kets sell seeds for a varie­ty of dif­fe­rent fruits and vege­ta­bles. Choo­se plants that are sui­ted to the wea­ther con­di­ti­ons nati­ve to your regi­on. This will impro­ve your chan­ces of cul­ti­vat­ing healt­hy plants.


4. Get Crea­ti­ve To Reuse

To redu­ce your con­sump­ti­on rates, try to reu­se items that would ordi­na­ri­ly be thrown away or used only once. If some­thing is bro­ken, con­si­der try­ing to fix it. If it’s dama­ged bey­ond repair, try brain­stor­ming new ways in which it can be used. The inter­net is full of hacks for reu­sing old house­hold items in new and inno­va­ti­ve ways. 

You can also bring clothes that you no lon­ger wear to second-hand stores. Also, con­si­der buy­ing from the­re yourself. In 2017 the United Sta­tes Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agen­cy repor­ted that 11.2 mil­li­on tons of tex­ti­les were sent to land­fills to be dis­car­ded. Recy­cling clothes is a simp­le step to redu­ce unne­cessa­ry strain on the environment.

5. Go Vegan

Were you awa­re that meat, eggs, and cheese have the hig­hest car­bon foot­print of all food? If you want to redu­ce your car­bon foot­print going vegan could be a gre­at choice. Even try­ing to mini­mi­ze the con­su­me of meat and dai­ry pro­ducts can have a huge impact. The car­bon foot­print of a vegan’s diet is only around half of a meat eater’s diet. This is becau­se foods such as vege­ta­bles, fruits, nuts, and beans have a much lower car­bon foot­print than lifestock products. 

There’s also no need to be worried about mis­sing out on the fla­vors of your favo­ri­te meat pro­ducts. An ever-incre­a­sing varie­ty of meat sub­sti­tu­tes are alrea­dy avail­ab­le on the mar­ket.
A vegan diet is good for ani­mals too. Many live­stock are kept in ter­ri­ble con­di­ti­ons in fac­to­ry farms whe­re super­bugs are rife. This cau­ses the ani­mals and in turn the meat to beco­me pol­lu­t­ed.


6. Use Alter­na­ti­ve Transport

Cars are extre­me­ly dama­ging to the envi­ron­ment due to their emis­si­on of car­bon mon­oxi­de and other pol­lut­ants. They also pose serious health risks to us as indi­vi­du­als causing fatal dise­a­ses such as can­cer. Redu­cing the fre­quen­cy of your car usa­ge can great­ly bene­fit the envi­ron­ment. If pos­si­ble, con­si­der taking public trans­port or cycling. Car sharing is also a good opti­on for cut­ting down on the num­ber of emis­si­ons pro­du­ced per per­son. But the­re are more ways to cut down the emis­si­ons, even in your own household.


7. Eco-Friend­ly Toiletries

Late­ly, there’s an upward trend in using eco-friend­ly bathroom pro­ducts to redu­ce the use of plastics and other harm­ful sub­s­tan­ces. It’s no secret that plastic is par­ti­cu­lar­ly hazar­dous to the envi­ron­ment. It takes thousands of years to decom­po­se and con­tain dan­ge­rous che­mi­cals that affect ani­mals and mari­ne life. Cut­ting down on the use of plastic — pre­do­mi­nant­ly one-time use plastics — is an excel­lent way to pro­tect the envi­ron­ment. You can purcha­se eco-friend­ly and unwrap­ped toi­le­tries for your home such as sho­wer and sham­poo bars, reus­able Make­up remo­ver cloths and many more​.In addi­ti­on, the use of eco-friend­ly sani­ta­ry pro­ducts is on the rise. Pro­ducts such as mens­tru­al cups are beco­m­ing incre­a­singly popu­lar sin­ce they are reus­able. By imple­men­ting reus­able items to your day-to-day life you are auto­ma­ti­cal­ly cut­ting down your own use of dis­po­sable plastic products.

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