Our tips for sustainable consumption are easy to implement, save money and are good for the environment. But don’t worry: It’s not about implementing them all at once. Every step counts.
1. Start small
As we just mentioned, it’s time to get rid of perfectionism in the context of sustainability once and for all. Every step, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction. Just the fact that you are working on the issue is wonderful. You can be proud of yourself. The most important thing is to look at your own lifestyle and consumption and make a start. None of us are saints – no, not even us at Brovation. But all together we can make a big difference.
2. Always be well equipped
Good, efficient equipment is the key to more sustainability in everyday life. And no, we’re not trying to get you to buy everything new now. On the contrary, most of the things you need for your sustainability toolkit may already be in your cupboards at home.
When shopping, it’s a good idea to have one (or more) cloth bags ready to put your purchases in. Paper bags are available at every supermarket checkout and are definitely more sustainable than plastic bags – but if you can avoid buying a new bag, that’s even better.
It’s also handy to have a reusable container that you can fill with your to-go lunch at your favourite takeaway around the corner. This way you avoid unnecessary packaging waste. Even your own fork and spoon from home won’t take up much space in your bag.
Do you love fragrant coffee as much as we do? It’s a good idea to have your own to-go cup in your bag. You can fill it with a warm drink on your way to work and be ready for the whole day when the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans wafts through your nose outside your favourite café.
3. Upgrade your personal hygiene routine
Buying the right hygiene and beauty products can go a long way towards sustainability. Make sure they don’t contain palm oil, microplastics, aluminium or phthalates. This is not only good for the environment, but also for your body and your health.
4. Sustainable consumption: avoid food waste
It’s simple: only buy what you can use. Writing a meal plan at the beginning of the week can be very helpful. But even if you are a spontaneous eater like us, the motto should be: Only buy as much as you need. A little tip for those of us whose eyes are often bigger than their stomachs: just make sure you never go into a supermarket really hungry.
But if you buy too much, you don’t have to throw it away. Sustainable consumption also means looking for solutions. For example, there are food sharing groups on various social networks. This is a wonderful way to prevent food waste.
5. Avoid unnecessary packaging waste
It doesn’t have to be the unpacked shop – here, too, small steps count. Buy wisely and use as little plastic as possible. Cook as much as you can yourself or bring your own containers to the takeaway restaurant.
Try your hand at up-cycling: vegetable and fruit nets can be reused for your next shopping trip. The cup with the broken handle can be turned into a vase or a brush holder. You can sew around clothes with holes to create a beautiful new piece. Just let your creativity run wild.
6. Plan your travels wisely
We all love to travel. Discovering new countries and cultures is wonderful and broadens your horizons. Unfortunately, however, flights in particular are very harmful to the environment. So how about an idyllic train ride to your destination for your next trip? But there are now also wonderful ways to offset CO2. In this context, we can highly recommend Atmosfair, for example.
7. Sustainable consumption without fast fashion
A T-shirt for 5 euros – the raw materials and the people involved in the production of the product have to be paid for. It is clear to everyone that this cannot be fair. Nevertheless, we are often persuaded to buy that beautiful blouse at a bargain price. We want to encourage you to be more conscious about fashion. Apart from us, there are many more great sustainable labels. So instead of buying three cheap pieces, how about investing in one high-quality one? A consciously bought garment is so much more durable and you will enjoy it for much longer.
8. Drink tap water
The plastic that disposable bottles are made of is neither good for our health nor for the environment. We are very lucky that tap water in Germany is of drinking water quality. If you still want to be on the safe side, you can invest in a water filter – manually or directly at the tap.
Sustainable consumption is incredibly important
After all, consumption is nothing to feel bad about – as long as it is done mindfully. This means that you are allowed to engage with the product you buy. It also means that you can think about whether you really need the product before you buy it. It doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything good for yourself from now on. Sustainable consumption does not mean going without. It also doesn’t happen overnight.
We at Brovation will never encourage you to buy from us if you don´t really need it. However, if you do need new clothes, we truly believe that our high-quality, long-lasting and eco-friendly products can make a difference.
Well, have we whetted your appetite to change your lifestyle and consumption behaviour a little? Feel free to share your tips for more sustainability in everyday life with us – here in the comments or on our social media channels. We look forward to exchanging ideas with you.
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