Sustainable living doesn’t have to be difficult. The first thought most people have with the term “sustainable” is; expensive, minimalist, alternative, frugal, but forget it! I explain what sustainable living is and what it means in a few simple points.

The concept of sustainable living means that you must meet the basic needs of your family. You do this in a way that minimizes consumption within your household (your family) and maximizes efficiency, i.e. the functioning of your household. This prevents the needs of our future generation (our (grand)children!) from being endangered.

We improve what is not good now and they won’t know better later!

Living sustainably in plain language

Living sustainably does not mean living without luxuries, but being aware of the source of its consumption and reducing unnecessary waste. I will explain what I mean by this with some examples.

Think carefully before shopping

If you buy imported products, such as coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea and fruit, for example, look for fair trade products. These are grown sustainably and local growers receive a fair price.

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Buy local

The ease with which thousands of products from around the world are offered has completely slipped away. Fruits and vegetables can be purchased all year round. But be aware that it takes huge amounts of fuel to get it to your local supermarket. Read tags and labels!

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Make purchases that benefit the environment

Generations before us didn’t even dare to dream of disposables covered, cups, bags, etc. And certainly not on the long storage of food. These days, we think it’s only normal that you can buy a plastic version of almost anything and throw it away after use. Many of today’s environmental problems stem from toxins in our waste. Even if it’s in a place designated as a landfill. So when you buy something think about how long it will last, how often you can use it. And when you stop using it, where and how does it end? So only invest in reusable products.

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Get rid of plastic

See above. Boycott products that endanger our nature.

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Drink tap water

Drinking water from a plastic bottle is responsible for thousands of tons of plastic. Many people believe that bottled water is safer and tastes better than tap water. Absurdity! You can drink from the tap anywhere in the Netherlands. It’s safe and clean.

Be wise with water

It is one of the simplest ways to live sustainably; save water. Choose a water-saving sink in your toilet, buy a water-saving washing machine and shower head. Very simple settings that avoid the waste of hundreds of liters of water.

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Separate as much as possible

The separation (recycling) of our waste is gradually being introduced in the Netherlands. The opportunity is thrown in your lap, so do it! Also sort waste such as energy-saving light bulbs, batteries, cell phones and electronic devices. There are drop points everywhere.

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Sell ​​and give away

Extend the life of items you no longer use by selling them or giving them to someone. Donate it to the food bank, Salvation Army, thrift store or other charity. This prevents too much waste from being thrown away and ending up on the already too large mountain of waste. Your children’s clothes that came out of it are a good example. There are many families who are very grateful and treat you to a bag of second-hand clothes.

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Drive less and drive green

More cycling and walking are also good for your health.

Eat less meat

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Grow your own food

Simply plant a few seeds in a corner of your garden or in a pot on your balcony or windowsill. You really don’t need acres of land. A few square meters in a corner of your garden, along the path, on the border or in a planter on your terrace is enough to grow herbs, vegetables and fruits. And it’s so much fun!

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Opt for a small family

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Living sustainably

Reduce your home’s energy consumption. You know them:

  • Turn off appliances and lights you don’t use
  • Use energy efficient appliances (with label)
  • Use an energy-efficient (and smart) thermostat
  • Lower the thermostat one degree
  • Open the windows to get fresh air instead of using an air conditioner
  • Hang clothes to dry instead of using the dryer
  • Use a kettle instead of a kettle to boil water
  • Replace your bulbs with LED lighting
  • And I could go on and on like this.

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Did you know sustainable living was so easy? Or do you not like it at all? Let me know below. I am always curious to know your answer, your opinion and/or your reaction.

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