It’s a brand new year and every small effort counts in creating a more sustainable and eco-friendly world. If you’re wondering how to make a positive impact on the environment, here are some straightforward steps to incorporate into your daily life.

Here are 10 steps to be more eco-friendly

1. Reduce, reuse, recycle

Start by embracing the golden trio of sustainability: reduce, reuse and recycle. Cut down on single-use plastics, opt for reusable bags and containers, and ensure that recyclables find their way into the right bins. Small changes here can lead to significant benefits for the planet.

2. Conserve energy at home

Be mindful of energy consumption in your home. Switch to energy-efficient appliances, turn off lights and electronics when not in use and consider using natural light during the day. Small adjustments can contribute to both a lower electricity bill and a lighter carbon footprint.

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3. Choose sustainable transportation

Consider greener options when it comes to getting around. Whether it’s carpooling, using public transport, cycling or walking, making eco-conscious transportation choices can help reduce air pollution and your carbon footprint.

4. Mindful water usage

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As Capetonians know, water is a precious resource and being mindful of your water consumption can make a difference.

Fix leaks promptly, turn off taps while brushing your teeth and consider investing in water-efficient appliances.

5. Sustainable shopping habits

Make informed choices when shopping. Support businesses that prioritise sustainability, choose products with minimal packaging and consider second-hand options.

Your choices as a consumer influence the market and can encourage more eco-friendly practices.

6. Embrace plant-based eating

Reduce your environmental impact by incorporating more plant-based meals into your diet. Plant-based eating is not only healthier for you but also reduces the carbon footprint associated with animal agriculture.

7. Discover your green thumb

Consider starting a small garden at home. Growing your own herbs, vegetables or even flowers connects you with nature and also reduces your reliance on store-bought produce, which may have a higher environmental cost.



8. Stay informed and advocate

Knowledge is a powerful tool for change. Stay informed about environmental issues and spread awareness. Advocate for sustainable practices in your community and encourage others to join the eco-friendly journey.

9. Mindful disposal of electronic waste

Dispose of electronic waste responsibly. E-waste contains harmful materials that can pollute the environment if not handled properly.

10. Educate and involve others

Share your eco-friendly journey with friends, family and colleagues. Sometimes, a collective effort can have a more significant impact. Encourage others to adopt sustainable practices and be part of a community working towards a greener future.


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