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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