How we can be more sustainable at home


It’s Earth Day! A day where we look at what we can do to fight climate change. We thought we’d talk about sustainability on the blog, as it’s a value we talk very seriously at JOY!


What is sustainability?

Sustainability means different things to different people, but our favourite definition comes from the Brundtland Commission’s report, Our Common Future. They say that “sustainability means meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

For example, we know that fossil fuels aren’t a sustainable source of energy, because they will eventually run out.

While it might feel like a big concept, there are things that we can do in our own lives and as a collective, that lessen our impact on our most precious resource, the Earth.


How we can be more sustainable at home

There are lots of ways that you can be more sustainable at home, and once you start, you might not be able to stop!

  1. Eat less meat and dairy

Diets with less meat and dairy in them have lower carbon, water and ecological footprint than those with more. The meat and dairy industries have an enormous environmental burden attached, so reducing your intake will make for a happier planet!

  1. Switch to renewable energy

As we mentioned earlier, we know fossil fuels aren’t a never-ending source of energy, so if you can switch to a renewable source, do. Not only does it have the potential to cut your carbon footprint by up to a quarter, but it could save you money too!

Lots of energy providers are now offering green tariffs, but they’re not all the same! Look for ones that provide 100% renewable electricity and you should be onto something good.

  1. Use what you’ve got

It’s tempting to throw out all the “bad” stuff that you’ve got and replace it with the eco-friendly version, especially if you’ve been on Instagram and seen that aesthetically pleasing sustainable lifestyle. Using what you’ve got is much better for the environment, because it creates less waste.

  1. Reduce, reuse, recycle

The three “R”s are an important tenet of sustainable living, as they help minimise the amount of waste going to landfill. Reducing is all about creating less waste in the first place, by buying less, choosing products with less packaging, buying in bulk, etc. Reusing looks at how you can use items again instead of throwing them out, e.g. reusing a water bottle, or repurposing a piece of furniture. Recycling means that materials such as glass, aluminium and cardboard can be turned into something new, rather than filling up a landfill.

  1. Shop with JOY

Here at JOY, we look for growers, suppliers and makers who are working to minimise their impact. Shopping with us, or businesses like us that are local to you, are doing the work for you when it comes to sourcing ethical and sustainable products. So if you’re wanting to find fruits and veggies, store cupboard essentials or treats like chocolate that fit in with your sustainability values (and don’t use single-use plastic), head to JOY!

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