Depending on where you live, tap water might actually be quite healthy to drink. In Germany for example, tap water is the most strictly controlled food. It also might be a good idea to invest in a water filter jug so you always enjoy fresh tap water at home. Of course, don't forget your reusable bottle, so you can always have some water with you! You not only save the money you would have spent on buying water in a supermarket, but also avoid the plastic bottle it comes in.
If you prefer to drink carbonated water, you could consider purchasing a practical home soda maker – combined with our drinking bottle TWEE, nothing stands in the way of taking carbonated drinks with you on the go!
Thoughtlessly throwing away food not only wastes the food itself, but the water and energy used in the process of making it.
Our tip: the good old shopping list. While writing, you can not only get an overview of what you still have at home, but ideally only buy what you really need and can consume.
Let’s face it: most of us don’t need our cars all of the time. Every now and then, instead of driving, you should walk, take your bike or get on the tram or bus. On longer car rides you can take other passengers with you – after all, one car full of people is still better for our environment than four cars with just one person each.
Seasonal, regional, organic – which is the most sustainable one? Sure, mangoes from Brazil or India are definitely not as sustainable as regionally grown tomatoes. But in addition to the type of cultivation itself, transport and growing conditions are also important for the life cycle assessment. Seasonal, regional grown outdoor tomatoes, for example, cause 35 g of CO2 emissions per kg of tomatoes – tomatoes from organic cultivation in the greenhouse, on the other hand, produce a whopping 9.2 kg per kg of tomatoes.
Practical, robust and durable – the good old jute bag!
Carrying a reusable bag with you when shopping, is definitely a significant step towards a more sustainable life. However, from an ecological point of view, the use of a reusable cloth bag only pays off if you use it every time. That’s the only way to compensate the high water consumption of the production compared to the environmental impact of plastic bags.
Did you know that around 2.8 billion coffee-to-go cups in Germany alone end up in the trash after a single use? This is an incredible amount that could easily be avoided.
Luckily, there are great reusable coffee mugs and flasks that are not only significantly more sustainable than the plastic-cardboard version, but do also look way better - such as our practical thermo mug KOFFJE!
It is not only your coffee-to-go cup or the weekly grocery shopping that produces a lot of waste. In general, disposable products that have long become superfluous are still used quite often. Metal and Tupper cans as well as reusable oilcloths are a great alternative to cling film or plastic bags. Also, baking mats can replace baking paper in the long term. Moreover, spilled juice can easily be wiped off with a sponge or cloth instead of kitchen paper.
Of course, it is not always easy to avoid producing waste. However, there are many things that don't need to be thrown away immediately just because they served their primary purpose or got broken. In many cases, you can easily recycle, repair or reuse them! After all, a hole in your jeans isn't something that can't be sewn, is it? You can also simply sell or donate a lot of things that you no longer need, such as clothes, shoes, accessories or gadgets.
That being said, you don't have to turn your whole life around immediately – after all, even the smallest change can make a difference! It is important to reconsider your own lifestyle from time to time. Maybe there is something that can be sustainably improved without a lot of effort. There can only be change, if everybody at least participates in some way – even the smallest steps make a difference!
How many of our tips have you already implemented into your lifestyle? Share this post of Facebook and let us all take little steps towards a bigger change!
- Share this post