Technology is all around us, and it can be hard to disconnect from the digital world. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle while still using technology. This blog post will teach you 8 ways to do just that!
Go to the library.
– Use your phone less, and go read a book instead! Libraries are full of books about technology in modern life.
– Go ahead and renew that book online if you want another week with it! Or keep it longer: no one is checking up on you at all times.
– Get some work done by using this time as “office hours” when nobody can bother you for anything else but requesting an overdue book or paying fines (if applicable). You’ll get more accomplished than just scrolling through social media every day.
Here’s what people often do while visiting libraries: check their email, post to Facebook groups they’re part of, pay bills online…you could be doing any number of things aside from this!
Technologies you can use at the library: computers, printer/copier machines, smart phones (after checking email and Facebook), books.
Turn off the Wi-Fi at night.
– This is a great idea, and many people struggle with it! It’s become so easy to fall asleep with our phones on the bedside table…only to wake up in middle of the night checking social media or email one last time before going back to sleep.
– Make this more sustainable for yourself by turning your router off overnight (and ideally unplugging it from its power source), even if you’re not concerned about “wasting” electricity: just put it somewhere out of reach so that you won’t be tempted by your device while trying to go to sleep. You’ll get better rest knowing you don’t have all those notifications waking you up throughout the night!
Use rechargeable batteries.
– This is a great way to live more sustainably when it comes to battery usage!
– When your phone’s battery starts getting low, plug it in and let it charge overnight while you sleep (and turn off the WiFi if necessary), then swap out that drained battery for a full one in the morning so you never have to worry about being without power again unless there’s an emergency. Or keep two charged phones “on deck” at all times so they can be swapped out as needed instead of having both plugged into chargers constantly.
– Let’s say one of those phones is low on battery while it’s charging at night…you won’t have to waste time swapping out that drained phone for a charged one before getting back into bed! It will be ready when you are.
Technologies powering your devices: electricity, smartphone charger cables or ports on computers/laptops, USB wall plugs; smartphones themselves; laptop/computer screens; rechargeable batteries; USB cables.
Keep a “dumping” station near your front door.
– This is an easy way to make sure you always have something with you when it comes time for recycling or composting!
– Buy a cute container and keep all the plastic, glass, paper, cardboard–and even food scraps from dinner/leftovers!–in one place so that once a week (or whatever works for your schedule), you can bring everything out at once rather than separating it into different bins throughout the house or apartment building. You’ll reduce unnecessary use of materials this way as well as save some extra trips outside during those first few days after moving in.
Technologies keeping track of where things go: dumpster; trash chute on high-rises; waste bins in common areas of apartment buildings.
Start a garden.
– This is an excellent way to reduce your food waste and create sustainable habits!
– You can start with just a few potted plants or even one single herb on the windowsill…but as you get more comfortable, maybe take out some seeds from produce that’s starting to go bad in your fridge so you have something fresh for dinner without having to buy anything new at the store. Some people will also grow flowers this way if they don’t want any vegetables or herbs; it all depends on what kind of space (and sunlight) you have available! It doesn’t need to be complicated: growing things can become part of your everyday life by simply keeping planters indoors near window gets the most light throughout the day.
Technologies growing food: windowsill planters; seeds for vegetables/herbs/flowers; soil or artificial fertilizer (for indoor plants); water source nearby to keep the plant hydrated throughout its life cycle, such as a sink near your windowsill with a faucet that reaches it!
Try growing plants in your kitchen.
– This is another awesome way to reduce food waste, create sustainable habits…and make the kitchen look really cute!
– You don’t need a ton of space or even sunlight (although this will help) to grow things like herbs and flowers: you can use artificial light if necessary!
Technologies using lighting indoors for plant growth: lamps; LED lights; fluorescent bulbs; building windows with skylights; soil/fertilizer as needed.
Ditch the disposable water bottles.
– This is a great way to cut down on plastic waste!
– If you’re going somewhere for an extended period of time, just bring a big bottle with you and refill it as needed throughout the day or week so that everything stays clean and fresh. You can also keep your own container at work if they have a nice filtered water dispenser there…just be sure to wash it out every night before leaving (a spray from the shower works well), then do another quick rinse in morning when getting ready for work. That way nothing gets too stinky during those long hours away from home! Technically any reusable container will do, but this one holds about two liters–perfect size for carrying around all day!
Technologies removing plastic waste: reusable containers; filtered water dispenser at work/school.
– You don’t need a lot of space for this either; you can even use an indoor bin if necessary (although having one on the balcony or porch will be more convenient). For those with very little time and/or experience gardening, it’s also super easy: all you’ll need is some soil mixed in with the dry ingredients as well as wet ones from leftover tea bags, coffee grinds, etc., then just set out scraps whenever they’re ready to go! Technically anything that was once living now qualifies for composting purposes–which makes things easier than trying to figure out what you can and cannot compost.
Technologies making waste into soil: indoor bin; tea bags/coffee grinds; dry ingredients such as peat moss, coconut coir, etc.; wet ingredients such as leftover food scraps (just remember to wash your hands before touching anything); stirring utensil(s) for mixing it all together periodically throughout the week or month.
There are many ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle, but integrating technology into your day-to-day life can be an effective way of doing this. By using the following 8 strategies, you will reduce your impact on the environment and make it easier for yourself in general by making use of some useful apps or programs that do all the work for you!