50+ Simple Tips To Live a More Sustainable Lifestyle

50+ Simple Tips To Live a More Sustainable Lifestyle

What does it mean to live a more sustainable lifestyle?

This is a question Maša, and I have been asking ourselves a lot lately. Over the past couple of years, we’ve focused on pairing down and giving up the consumption of animal products. We’re proud of these personal developments, but it’s just a few aspects of what it means to live mindfully, at least in our opinion.

For those of you who might not know, we used to run an online store called Fairlings, where we connected essential day-to-day products that are fair trade, vegan, eco-friendly and organic with conscientious and compassionate people. We interviewed the founders of the brands we stocked to get a better understanding of their production process so we could give all of the information required for our customers to make an informed decision.

Through this process, we were inspired by these amazing founders and their desire to not only create products that perform exceptionally well but to also ensure that they put systems in place to limit their impact on the environment.

So we’ve taken this inspiration and turned it into a list of tips to help you live greener and happier. You may already be doing a few of these things, or perhaps all of it, which is fantastic! But hopefully, you pick up some opportunities to do your part to help mother nature.

PS – we’re also creating an online course to help you create Minimal-Waste in your kitchen.

Let’s get into the tips.

Living sustainably around the house

  1. Use LED lighting or CFL bulbs instead of incandescent lighting as it’s proven to last longer, which reduces the need to keep purchasing light bulbs.
  2. Put on an extra layer of clothing instead of turning on the heating. Seriously, doubling up on your socks does wonders!
  3. Open up your blinds and use as much natural light as possible before switching on your light bulbs. You all get to enjoy some more sunshine 🙂
  4. Turn off your lights when you leave a room.
  5. Put up a no junk mail sign on your letterbox to limit the amount of paper waste.
  6. Hang your wet clothes on a drying line or rack instead of using a powered dryer.
  7. Hand wash your clothes, particularly if you only have a few items to clean.
  8. Start timing your showers. Or better yet, invest in a shower timer.
  9. Grow your own herbs, fruit and vegetables even if it’s just a few pots around the house, it all helps!
  10. Turn off your devices at night, including your wifi box.
  11. Get a water-saving shower head.
  12. Use organic fertilisers.

Sustainable gardening

Sustainable commuting

  1. Buy a second-hand bicycle and start using it to commute everywhere.
  2. Take stairs over the elevator. This also doubles up as a booty workout.
  3. Use public transport. It’s also an excellent opportunity to catch up on reading and other things you couldn’t do if you were driving.

Sustainable grocery shopping

  1. Don’t use plastic bags at checkout. Instead, take your own bags for groceries.
  2. Buy your produce in bulk from your local farmer’s markets.
  3. Avoid buying plastic-wrapped products, opt for a paper bag instead.
  4. Stop buying bottled water!

Sustainable fashion

  1. Buy second-hand clothes where possible.
  2. Become a minimalist and take the 333-time capsule challenge.
  3. Invest in better quality items that last longer. Slow fashion trumps fast fashion.
  4. Support fashion brands that are ethical and environmentally conscious.


Go paperless

  1. Opt to receive digital letters and notices.
  2. Send electronic wedding invitations.
  3. Read this article on how to use an app to scan and organise all of your paperwork.

Sustainable office

  1. Collect scrap paper in a tray.
  2. Turn off your computer before leaving work.
  3. Get rid of your home printer. This will encourage you to seek a printer when you absolutely need it.

Sustainable baby items

  1. Switch to cloth diapers.
  2. Use stainless steel drink bottles (or at least plastic-free).

Sustainable kitchen

  1. Juice the off-cuts of your vegetables and fruits.
  2. Repurpose glass jars.
  3. Use washable metal straws instead of disposable plastic straws.
  4. Use cold water when hand washing dishes.
  5. Use cloths instead of paper towels.
  6. Make your own coffee instead of buying takeaway.

Sustainable kitchen

Sustainable beauty

  1. Go makeup free for one week each month.
  2. Limit the amount of water you use to brush your teeth.
  3. Make your own face cleanser and scrub.

Sustainable gifting

  1. Save gift bags and boxes for future use.
  2. Give people experiences instead of things.

Sustainable technology

  1. Use solar energy charges for your smartphones and tablets.
  2. Use rechargeable batteries where possible.
  3. Recycle your devices when ready to dispose of.
  4. Donate your old devices to schools and other institutions.

Sustainable lifestyle

Sustainable lifestyle

  1. Spend more time outside.
  2. Eat more whole foods. Better yet, go vegan!
  3. Become a member of your local food co-op.
  4. Plant a tree with someone.
  5. Borrow books from the library instead of purchasing them directly.
  6. Read your favourite newspaper publications online instead of reading the paper versions.
  7. Create a video, a slideshow or a blog post of how you implemented these ideas and publish them publicly.
  8. Regularly prepare home cooked meals and save on takeaway storage containers.
  9. Adopt pets instead of buying them from a breeder. There are so many orphaned pets out there who need a family. And the same can be said for children!
  10. Stop accepting disposable cutlery and napkins.
  11. Have a sniffle? Carry around your own handkerchief instead of using disposable tissues.

Want to go deeper with sustainable living?

We're creating an online course called "Minimal-Waste Kitchen"
Coming soon
  • Trinity Bourne 18/02/2016 Reply

    What an awesome subject, with fantastic tips. I love that you guys are writing about being resourceful.

  • Cathie Barwick 21/02/2016 Reply

    Great article, but as an animal lover and vegan, I would never think of “breading” my pets (or breeding
    them either). I love them too much!

    • Hi Cathie, breading your pets would be interesting :p thanks for picking up our typo! All fixed now 🙂

  • Abeeda 08/03/2017 Reply

    Beautiful! Loved it! Two thumbs up.

  • Jacob 07/06/2017 Reply

    Loved the article! Think people should be writing more content like this, i’ve new to blogging and have recently written an article on sustainable lifestyles, https://earthflo.com/sustainable-lifestyle/ would love it if you check it out, we talk about a lot of the same things 🙂

  • Very Nice article. You have covered each aspect of life surrounding us to lead a healthy lifestyle. We have been treating our life for granted and making it full of burden without any reason. Above tips to including in our daily lifestyle helps to lead us a balanced life.

  • Karin Scherpenzeel 14/01/2018 Reply

    I like the article, but I was wondering what you give the dog to eat? Does he/she eats vegan as well? Is that possible for dogs and cats?

    • Hi Karin, we believe that dogs can be healthy vegans if fed the proper diet and monitored carefully. From the information that we have read and what others have explained, cats unfortunately cannot be vegan. We wouldn’t feed our pet what we wouldn’t eat. That’s just our opinion 🙂

  • MaKayla Dulaney 14/02/2018 Reply

    Hello Michael! I’m doing some research for school on sustainable living! Would it be okay to use some of your points in my papers? (of course I will cite) I’d also love to chat with you. Would it be possible to get your email?
    -MaKayla Dulaney (VCU Psychology & Sociology)

  • April 20/03/2018 Reply

    This article was extremely helpful.

  • Vera 06/07/2018 Reply

    Great tips!
    Just one question: Is there a reason you didn’t mention airplanes/flying yet? Or did I miss it? Of course it is up to everyone to decide whether or not to fly, but by reading your tips I also hope people will reconsider if and how often they want to fly.

    • Hi Vera, excellent point! This post post is due for an update, so I’ll be sure to include your suggestion 🙂

      • Vera 13/07/2018 Reply

        Thank you! I’ll send your link to some friends who also want to use less waste.

  • Gill 03/10/2018 Reply

    Another tip for the list.
    When your dog or cat poops in litter tray or in the garden pick it up with garden trowel and flush down the loo. It saves using lots of plastic poo bags.

    • Gill this is a great tip! This is definitely one we follow with our dog. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Nicole 05/02/2019 Reply

      Please do NOT do this. It introduces parasites usually only found in dog and cat feces into our waterways and marine ecosystems. I’m also pretty sure it is illegal in a lot of places. An alternative would be compostable poo bags.

  • Marga Moore 07/10/2018 Reply

    Nice blog. I love reading and will do your suggestions. Thanks for sharing

  • James Tanner 19/10/2018 Reply

    Brilliant simple article which anyone can follow, anyone in the world can choose whichever of your tips to use.

    • Thanks, James! That’s the idea. Keep it simple while knowing you are making a difference.

  • Paul 31/10/2018 Reply

    Hi! Loved the article and I try my best to accomplish as most things on the list as a first year can, but, I do have one constructive critic to add, I can’t go vegan, my system just doesn’t mix with it (had to get hospitalized when I attempted it), it would be really thoughtful of you guys to say “Or better yet, go vegan! If you can” for I know of a few others with my situation. Sorry if I’m wasting your time and this is all sounding silly, have a nice day!

    • Thank you for your kind words and suggestions Paul. It’s unfortunate to hear about your situation. Just to clarify, what do you eat if you can’t eat plants at all? Also reviewing the sentence, we feel that it’s positioned in an approachable inclusive way, as we lead with whole foods and the call to action to go vegan is an extension.

  • Esther P. 05/03/2019 Reply

    Shame the most useful tip is ranked in 56th position.
    Vegans claim not to like animal suffering or exploiting animals. Well then they shouldn’t have any children (suffering is built-in and collapse is in sight because we are already about 2.5 times too many for the carrying capacity of our territory…) and it is exploitative because having children with the aim of being looked after when one is old just is a form of exploitation. It is very likely that most youngsters won’t get old anyway so they won’t need looking after, and then there is always Dignitas which is preferable than the slow, undignified exit imposed in certain “civilised” /”developed” countries.

  • alex 23/04/2019 Reply

    hey! great article, but i noticed there are some commas missing. ex: Seriously, doubling up on …

  • ruban 18/05/2019 Reply

    nice website – i am also a vegetarian! 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing the tips and thoughts. I found from my own experience that my attempts to create a more sustainable lifestyle with drastic changes almost always failed because I couldn’t maintain them for the long haul. I recently started approaching this problem from a different direction – small incremental steps to a more sustainable lifestyle. https://www.greenalittle.com/

  • Ana 24/06/2019 Reply

    All of this information really helps me!! Thanks, MAKES THE DIFFERENCE!!!!!!!!!

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