Trends to follow in 2022 to live more Sustainably

According to the latest survey done by the Pew Research Center, seventy percent of the population in fourteen countries acknowledge that climate change is a major threat to human survival.

In 2021 there have been enough issues to discuss including the COVID-19 crisis, climate change remains at the top of the list of global problems.

It’s, therefore, more important to focus to build a sustainable future and for which we require a shared roadmap.

Auspiciously, there has been an increase in the number of people adopting a greener lifestyle. More and more people are becoming aware of environmental issues and are determined to live sustainable lives. 

In this article, we have mentioned the upcoming trends that you should follow in 2022 to keep your day-to-day life sustainable. 

  1. Plogging – An eco-friendly sport

This is a new way of sport that was first originated in Sweden. The word plogging combines “running” and the Swedish expression “plocka upp” which means picking up.

In this when you go for a run you put on your sportswear, pick up your mobile, put on your headphones but in “plogging” you bring a bin bag too. You can go for a run and pick up any trash or rubbish along your way and put it in your bin bag and drop it the dustbins later. 

This is a great way to keep your environment clean while taking care of your health. This has made running a socially conscious and eco-friendly sport. 

  1. Upcycling – A creative way to use waste objects

This is also known as creative reuse. It is basically recycling the waste products to create new objects of use. 

In this, you can put your imagination to create objects of higher value than the previously used objects. Some instances are, 

  • Turn dish rack into a handy file folder 
  • Turn drum into a lamp
  • Turn old windows into a canvas for your art
  • Turn glass bottles into ornaments
  • Turn a paper towel rack to hang bracelets 
  • Turn old computer into a fishbowl
  • Turn cassette cases into the gift card holder

And it doesn’t end here…..the only limit is your imagination.

You can rethink and reinvent and give your waste a second life as well as take care of your environment by reducing the generation of waste products. 

  1. Precycling – A Sustainable way to purchase

This is one of the simplest and often overlooked ways to sustain our environment. 

According to this, we encourage consumers to purchase items such as food in biodegradable materials such as paper bags or items that do not have any packaging at all. And refuse to purchase items packed in non-biodegradable materials such as plastics.

The purpose of precycling is to educate people about the waste we produce and how harmful it is to the environment. It also encourages consumers to buy items that produce minimal harmful effects on the environment. 

What is Zero Waste Movement?

In this movement, we take precycling to the next level. For example, milk, bread, cereal bars, fruits, vegetables, meat all come packed in plastic bags. Hence, this movement focuses on the decisions we make while purchasing these items.

So how do we eliminate the waste we produce?

This movement is the answer.  

According to this movement, we can reduce the waste we produce based on five error rules: 

  • Reject what you don’t need
  • Reduce what you need
  • Reuse packaging
  • Opt for second-hand consumption 
  • Recycle things that you cannot stop using
  • Reduce consumption of what cannot be decomposed

Did you know that one of the biggest pollution problems that our planet is facing is the waste we leave in nature? 

Hence, you definitely feel the need for movements like the “Zero Waste Movement”. 

Why it is better to go for second-hand items?

Did you know that every time you choose a second-hand item, you are not only saving money but also reducing the emission released in the environment?

Adevinta group released a study in which they stated that about 25.3 million tonnes of emissions were prevented in 2019 which is almost the same amount of emissions as produced by 2.8 million Europeans every year. 

And can you imagine? 

This was all thanks to them opting for second-hand products from second-hand trading platforms. 

Sustainable Transport

It has been mentioned, discussed, and talked about a billion times about how transport has always been the core of the global debate on pollutant emissions.

And therefore, sustainable electric mobility has been pushing through onto the streets of hundreds of cities. 

There are clear examples of these in countries such as Spain and Italy, where you can hire electric motorbikes generated from renewable sources of energy. These help you to travel around the city easily and sustainably.

Your diet can save the planet

Curious to know how?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) signed a report last year in which they warned that the sole way to lessen the gravity of cataclysmic effects of climate change is by promoting and encouraging everyone to follow a diet that supports the well-being of the planet. 

Moreover, the IPCC has also stated that food waste is the cause of eight to ten percent of greenhouse gas emissions produced by humans.

Furthermore, according to the University of Oxford, the food industry produces a quarter of all greenhouse emissions.

But don’t panic! 

This doesn’t mean you need to go all vegan all of a sudden.

There are in fact many ways to change your diet step by step towards a sustainable one. Here are a few ideas that might help you build a sustainable diet:

  • Skip eating meat a few days a week
  • Go Vegan on weekdays
  • Opt for less processed food
  • Avoid food with excessive packaging
  • Buy products in bulk
  • Eat meat on weekends

Last but not the only reason you should opt for a sustainable diet is that it’s as important to think about what to eat as it is to think about what goes in the bin.

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