While we are continually running a race between all that we want to do and all that we have to do, and getting pulled back by the guilt of list to long pending, where is the time to think about others, let alone saving the planet!

I loved Mathematics and Physics in school. An ‘equation’ is the most important part of these subjects.

Left-hand side= Right-hand side.

And that is exactly what is missing from the ‘human’ lifestyle. Balance. Equalness. We are an all-consuming, all occupying species with a sense of self-entitlement. We believe we are better than any other species.  The destruction we are causing the planet and all every other living organism is appalling, to say the least! But this post is not a rant on how we are destroying this planet(oh! I have loads of material on that one). Instead, I intend to use this as a beginning, my first baby-step(and hopefully yours as well, my reader) to start my journey towards reducing my carbon footprint and lead a better, more sustainable lifestyle.

What is a Sustainable Lifestyle?

If you haven’t heard of it before, here is the definition from Wikipedia

Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of the Earth’s natural resources and personal resources. Practitioners of sustainable living often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption, and diet.Proponents of sustainable living aim to conduct their lives in ways that are consistent with sustainability, in natural balance and respectful of humanity’s symbiotic relationship with the Earth’s natural ecology and cycles.

Ideas to Start Living Sustainably Today

Sustainable Living is a lifelong commitment. But, you got to start somewhere. Also, we cannot do everything. I cannot suddenly sell off my car and vow to use only public transport henceforth(Yes, there are people doing that!). Neither can I start living in a forest taking only the essentials(people are doing this too!). Switching to complete solar power or using only sustainable building materials, is also currently out of my purview. However, I can do something.

The key to living sustainably is consciousness. The more aware I became, I literally started seeing plastic everywhere! Here are a few points that I have noted down over the past few days on how to reduce our carbon footprint.

  1. Stop buying bottled water:

    Carry your own water bottle everywhere. (Have you checked out InstaCuppa Thermosteel Bottle with Fruit Infuser?). Take one for each member of the family when you go out this summer. living sustainably no bottled water

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  2. Take my own takeaway containers:

    That is how it used to be a decade or so ago. If you wanted to parcel something from a restaurant, you needed to carry your own containers from home and bring it. Recently, one of my childhood favorite restaurants, Shanthi Sagar, tried to reintroduce this idea.
    Here is another idea: Why don’t restaurants deliver food to homes in reusable containers which they just take back? What about us taking our own cutlery when we go to dine, especially in places where they use disposable cutlery? Too much?

  3. Always remember to take a shopping bag:

    The ban on plastics has thankfully forced us to start using cloth bags/paper bags. Even then, I am guilty of sometimes forgetting the bag on my way out and returning with a new one! (don’t tell me you haven’t done it). Currently, I use these easy-to-use divinext Set of 2 Carry-on Shopping Grab Bags and keep them just inside my door.

  4. Switch off as you go off:

    Lights, fans, water: switch them off as you go out of the room, each and every time. Teach the kids to do so too. This is basic but sometimes I am too exhausted to be bothered about wasting these precious resources. Time to buck up!

  5. Support petitions/movements to reduce plastic in packaging:

    Towards the end of January, I signed a petition to force companies like Amazon and Flipkart to reduce the huge amount of plastics in their packaging. Here is the most recent update.YAY! 

  6. Beg, borrow, share:

    Recently, we had a dance program for women’s day in our apartment. The theme was ‘Retro’. I would have loved to buy myself a new pair of parallels and accessories to go with it. Instead, we chose to hire the outfit which was available at a very low cost! This is just an example. We teach our kids to share, but if you look closely, we as adults don’t follow our own advice. There are many things which we use only once in awhile(example: step ladders, power tools) that a community or a group of families can share.

  7. Repair things that are broken

    This is a difficult one for sure. It is the era of use and throw especially our electronics. When was the last time you mended your clothes or got a gadget repaired?

  8. Eat Local, Eat Seasonal:

    Eating locally and seasonally is beneficial for our community as well as our individual health.

  9. Buy Locally made goods

    Need I say more?

  10. Reuse Baby Items

    Clothes, toys and what not. We have more and enough to spare. I intend to reuse as much as possible for Baby 2. Advantages of having two of the same kind?

  11. Try using a Menstrual Cup

    I am a little apprehensive about this, although I have heard good reviews all around.

  12. Cloth diapering

    This one I have just started on for Baby 2. Hope he gets potty-trained sooner than later(fingers crossed!).

  13. Rejuvenate my home garden

    I had a nice set of herbs and a few vegetables growing in my balcony awhile back. With the pregnancy and the little kid, I got sidetracked. I intend to restart again with one herb and one veggie this summer. Check out a couple of my herbs and cherry tomatoes from last year. 

  14. Reduce Tissue Paper Usage

    Use cloth for wiping plates and soaking oil instead of tissue paper in the kitchen.

  15. Donate old items and donate responsibly

    Do look up organizations like Goonj where you can drop off your old clothes, your children’s old school uniforms, shoes, school bags as they make sure it reaches a person in need.

  16. Switch off all devices including Wi-fi at night and do not take any devices to bed

    We will be helping our relationships while saving power as well.

  17. Take the stairs

    Health, exercise and power saving wrapped up in one. Maybe start with only the way down.

  18. Choose to receive only digital communication.

    Most companies and banks have this option now.

  19. Gift people experiences

    Change your gifting style. Stop overwhelming people with things they do not really need. Start gifting them experiences like a spa day(I want one!), or a romantic dinner or a paragliding adventure!

  20. Use rechargeable batteries

    For everything, especially for children’s toys.

  21. Reduce usage of air-conditioning:

    Enjoy the seasons as much as possible, feel the heat on your skin and don’t use air conditioning as much as possible(very difficult one for the upcoming Indian summer). When was the last time you rolled down your windows in the car and let the wind flow through your hair?

  22. Take a bath on alternate days. Ok.. I am just trailing off the path now, time to stop the list.

I intend to start small. Maybe just one of these ideas at a time, and continue to improve my sustainability goals as the days go by. Hopefully, these ideas will ignite a spark of consciousness in your minds as well.

Do you notice any area in your life, any small change that you can immediately incorporate? Do share your ideas with me.

This article is written as part of #SuperBloggerChallenge2018, conducted by HealthwealthbridgeFashionableFoodz and Allaboutthewoman. It should not be repurposed, republished or used otherwise. The content herein is owned by the blogger. SuperBloggerChallenge2018 is not responsible for any kind of infringement caused.

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25 thoughts on “21+ Ideas To Start Living Sustainably #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 #InstaCuppa

  • March 25, 2018 at 7:02 am

    SSuperb posst Namy; I have started to do my bit since a few years and now make my own compost, seggrate dry waste and have a tiny kitchen garden where tomatoes are just blooming right now! Cant wait to see them on the vine- the thrill of growing one’s food is awesome.

  • March 24, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Small changes can go a long way. If everyone of us follows these simple things imagine the kind of sea change we can achieve in sustainable living.

    • March 25, 2018 at 1:09 am

      Tiny drops of water make a mighty ocean

  • March 22, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    You have given some real important points through which we can maintain sustainability in out lifestyles. The best being taking infused water bottles whenever we go out. #SuperBloggerChallenge2018

  • March 22, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Woah! this is one exhaustive list of good living practices. Loved reading all of it

  • March 20, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Wonderful tips. Thanks for sharing.
    Some of them are very simple and easy to be implemented, if only we put our mind to it.

    • March 22, 2018 at 2:07 am

      Implementation is the difficult bit

    • March 22, 2018 at 2:17 am

      Thank you. Awareness is the first step to implementation

  • March 19, 2018 at 11:08 am

    I love all your points dear! I really want to do point no 21 but alas in a city like Delhi, gone are those days!!

    • March 22, 2018 at 2:18 am

      Yes climate is a deciding factor.we must do what we can

  • March 18, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Superb Tips Namy. I like to carry my water bottle always 🙂

  • March 17, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Every one of the 21 points you have listed are very valid. I once did a project for a South African company that was into sustainable living. The project involved keeping track of people’s carbon footprint and encouraging sustainable living. The project got terminated midway because the company ran into some financial trouble. But I enjoyed working on the project. Thanks for this wonderful article #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 #InstaCuppa

  • March 16, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    What a comprehensive and mindful post. Great information shared. Like your Eco-friendly pointers and what a lovely garden you have.

  • March 16, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    All points which you have mentioned are extremely easy to implement. Recently me and my sister have used and reviewed a baby diaper which is made of cloth. A nice comprehensive post.

  • March 16, 2018 at 6:57 am

    O o I love your list .I will keep in Mind to carry a bag whenever I go shopping . Best one is to gift experiences . Yes our homes are already full of THINGS . I can gift you a dinner whenever you come to chandigarh🤗🤗

    • March 16, 2018 at 12:58 pm

      Haha thanks. Will definitely look you up when I come to Chandigarh.
      We have too many things, isnt it?

  • March 16, 2018 at 12:26 am

    cloth diapers u started ? so proud of u !

    • March 16, 2018 at 12:27 am

      Only during the day and its still in trial and error phase. Long way to go!

  • March 16, 2018 at 12:19 am

    Such a great post, I had not heard this term “sustainable” before but I am aware of all the things you explained. these steps are mandatory to save our enviornment and our future as well. thanks for sharing this great info. #Superbloggerchallenge2018

    • March 16, 2018 at 1:02 pm

      You are welcome! We do need that extra push to care about our environment, and this post is the intended push


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