• How Can I Become More Sustainable? Going Green!

    May 26, 2022 • LIFE

    How Can I Become More Sustainable Going GreenYou’re not alone in wondering how you can become more sustainable. Biome is certainly one of the gateways to optimising your sustainability, whether you’re looking to improve your workplace or home life. We want to show you a few easy ways to be sustainable and a couple of products that can replace unsustainable products that are unnecessarily contributing to landfill.

    How Can I Become More Sustainable?

    Let’s break down how you can be more sustainable into 3 steps;

    Step 1. Identify Unsustainable Practices and Products

    If you don’t completely understand the impact the practices and products that you’re adopting have on the environment, it’s hard to correct them and resort to sustainable alternatives.

    Look into all cleaning products, clothing, bathroom accessories, kitchen products, foods, wastage systems, electrical appliances, and transport.

    The best way to find out whether the products you’re using are sustainable is by doing a little Google search. You can also take a look at Biome’s products; if we have a product on there, it’s usually because there are unsustainable alternatives – Biome.

    Step 2. Set up a Sustainable Strategy

    How Can I Become More SustainableFocus on the unsustainable elements that you think have the largest impact and that you can tackle immediately and work backwards. For things like transport and energy consumption, you may need time to save money.

    You may want to focus on – optimising your wastage solutions > buying sustainable food products > replacing unsustainable products around the house > Energy Consumption Audit and Plan > Sustainable Transport Solution.

    Give yourself goals and dates on when to tackle these elements of sustainability.

    Write out exactly what needs to be done under the above steps. Having a clear and concise course of action will keep you motivated and avoid the chances of feeling overwhelmed.

    Step 3. Stick to the Plan

    One step at a time. Look at your strategy and notes and endeavour to complete each task. You may need to set up a budget to evaluate how much you can tackle over the course of the month/year.

    Ways to be Sustainable

    You can split the following segment on how to make your home more sustainable into two segments – Affordable and Instant > Structural Long-term.

    If you’re looking for more instant fixes and you haven’t quite got the budget to make structural changes, or you’re in a rental, see the Affordable and Instant list.

    If you’re looking to optimise the sustainability of the house you own; look to Structural long-term.

    Affordable and Instant

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    Wastage Solutions

    Ensure you have a compost bin and that you fully understand what elements of your wastage are recyclable and what isn’t.

    Food Wastage

    Create a food plan each week to ensure you aren’t letting ingredients spoil or leftovers go to waste.

    Wastage Solutions

    Sustainable Products

    Make a list of the unsustainable products that you purchase frequently and look for a more permanent and eco-friendly solution.

    Electricals

    Look at all electrical appliances, research their energy rating or ask a professional to conduct an energy audit to see where you can improve. You may need to budget out what you can replace within the month/year. This will cover heating, washing, drying, TVs, computers, common kitchen appliances, and lighting.

    Structural Long-term

    Solar Panels

    Structural Long-termSolar panels have been around for a long time, yet still, in 2021, solar panels only accounted for 6.4 % of total power generation (Ref – Rated Power). 74 % is still attributed to fossil fuels, whilst solar panels, wind, and many other methods of renewable energy construct the remaining 26 %.

    Solar panels are becoming more and more popular- they are environmentally friendly, and they can save you thousands of dollars in electricity bills.

    Double Glazed Windows

    Heating the house can be a costly necessity, but more than not, older houses were built with single glazed windows that aren’t effective in heat retention driving electricity usage up and along with the bills.

    Smart Meter

    A smart meter is a tool that measures your energy use digitally. A smart meter monitors how much and when electricity is consumed at your location. It transmits this information to your energy merchant remotely, so you don’t have to do it manually.

    The Smart Meter can show you what elements of your energy consumption are unsustainable and costly.

    Sustainable irrigation systems

    It’s not just about appearances to keep your yard looking nice. Vegetation can help keep your home cooler, act as a windbreak, and contribute to cleaner air emissions. If you need to water your yard, using the incorrect approach will very quickly counteract the benefits.

    An inferior option is overhead sprinklers. Overhead sprinklers distribute water in a haphazard manner, which might lead to overwatering, root rot, and water wastage. On the other hand, Drip irrigation uses gravity to deliver water to plants and focuses it directly on the roots. You not only save money by eliminating pumps; you also reduce water consumption.

    Plant a Vegetable Garden

    Creating a vegetable garden is a great way to save costs on store-bought goods. Goods that aren’t always sustainably grown or delivered. As an added benefit, they usually taste better and fresher as transit times are reduced, and unsustainable agricultural practices that mess with a vegetable’s integrity are eliminated.

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    Sustainability in the Workplace

    There are many elements of home sustainability that cross over into how to make the workplace more sustainable. It does depend on what your workplace is, as you can imagine, every industry’s impact on the environment is different.

    If you work in an office, we recommend reading ‘How to make an office more sustainable’.

    If you work in a restaurant, we recommend reading ‘ How can restaurants be more sustainable?

    Biome

    We hope you’ve gained insights into the small and large things that you can do in your life to become more sustainable. Whether you’re on a fast track approach to optimise your living space/ workplace or your budget only allows for an incremental strategy, the fact that you’ve chosen to start the journey is amazing in itself!