How can we integrate sustainability into our every day life? So, it’s very simple, you just have to build a habit.
There are many things in our daily life, at work, while studying or on the go, that can be improved with just a little bit of change. So don’t be afraid of change, take it as a chance.
In the following text, I want to show you some small things that I changed.
Search & plant
I use Ecosia instead of Google or other search engines. What’s the difference? It’s not just the Eco in the name. Ecosia uses the profits to plant trees. For every 45 searches they will plant a single tree. They are also completely transparent and privacy friendly.
If you do not want to switch to another search engine, keep this in mind: Think before you ask the Internet. It’s also better for your mind.
Stay focused & plant
I think everyone knows the following situation: You’re super focused on something, but suddenly… “pling!”. It’s your smartphone, a random Newsletter, a funny Meme… Your focus is away.
Imagine you can keep focused on your things without getting distracted by your Smartphone and in the same time plant some trees.
You can do exactly that with the Forest App.
Streaming Music and Video
Netflix and chill – that might work for you, but not for the environmental impact. More demand for the technology also means that more energy is needed to store and share huge amounts of information. In addition to the power your end device consumes, energy is also consumed by the networks that distribute the content. But what can you do now if you do not want to stop streaming video and music?
Are you really watching your series or are you just listening? You can lower the resolution and darken the screen to save energy. Is your device energy-efficent? If you’re using a mobile device for streaming: Connect it to your wifi, it consumes less energy than 3G and 4G (and saves some money too ;))
Turn it off!
After your work, it is not only important to relax your mind, but also to remember to shut down your devices and not just leave them on stand-by. Think of it as a ritual to switch off from work and enjoy your free time!
You can also take some time for a walk, for sports or for cooking without digital devices in your environment and without having to be constantly available.
Print & E-Mail
Think before you print & is every email (yes, email is not as ecological as you think) necessary?
Remember to print only the pages that are needed and set this up yourself. The default setting often prints the footer on a single page, nobody really needs that, do we?
Also pay attention to this in e-mails:
Does the mail have to go out to all colleagues or is it actually only relevant for the team? Is it necessary to reply to the whole mailing list or do you actually want to reply to only one person?
I have gotten into the habit of writing e-mails by imagining that I would send a regular letter by post: Here you take care not to forget any information, add all attachments (again: are all attachments necessary?) and send it only to the necessary people. But why doesn’t this work with the e-mail? We live in the easy age, we can send a supplement or correction within seconds.
So let’s try to communicate sustainable.
What do you think?
Can these small steps make a difference if many of us integrate these habits into our daily lives?
Which of these points can be considered for you and which not? Do you have any more tips and tricks for a more sustainable everyday life?