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5 Easy Ways to be Sustainable at Home

Illustration by Olivia Dutkewych

By Grace Dearing, Web Editor

Unplug appliances when not in use
Or, plug larger appliances into a power strip. Electric items left plugged in but not turned on still suck up a TON of energy. Unplugging these items when you’re not actively using them reduces the amount of energy your house is using. That is even easier with the use of a powerstrip which can be switched off to quickly “unplug” multiple appliances at once!

Let clothes air dry instead of running the dryer
Another way to reduce the amount of energy your house is using is to let your clothes air dry after washing them. Not only will that be good for the environment, but it can have lasting benefits for your clothes too. Air drying specific items of clothing prevents the shrinking, stretching or deteriorating of fabric.

Incorporate meatless Mondays into your week
The meat production industry is an incredibly large contributor to pollution and climate change. Although many people may be opposed to going complete vegan or vegetarian, we can all make a bit of a difference by choosing one day a week to not consume any meat. That will reduce the amount of meat you’re buying at the grocery store. You know what they say, big change starts with small steps!

Stop buying bottled water
It’s no secret that cutting down on plastic is one of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint. That is made even easier by refusing to buy packages of bottled water at the grocery store. Just one package of bottled water contributes between 12 and 24 plastic bottles to landfills. Buying one refillable water bottle is a better alternative and lasts much longer than a pack of bottled water does. 
Switch to reusable tupperware for leftovers
In the same way that buying a reusable water bottle decreases the amount of plastic you throw out, switching to reusable food storage does too. Reusable and resealable tupperware and bags keep your leftovers fresh and last for years!

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