When you make an attempt to minimize the use of natural resources by prioritizing their use and considering the needs of future generations, you are into sustainable living. It is essential that we understand how we impact the planet with our lifestyle choices and make positive changes.
“Choose well, buy less, make it last.”, as the famous quote goes. True to this quote, living an environmentally sustainable lifestyle will help us choose well, save money by buying what we want, and conserve the resources to last for the coming generations.
With sustainability, we can have a quality of life by protecting our ecosystem. Being in harmony with nature by sticking to sustainable lifestyle principles in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will help conserve the environment for future generations. Some prime benefits of sustainable living are:
- Keeps you healthy throughout
With a sustainable lifestyle, you can have a healthy life balance. Buying organic food products, which are locally produced, and minimizing the use of machines and vehicles will contribute to healthy living. If you do your daily tasks manually, it will keep you fit throughout your life. For instance, walking or biking to a nearby store will help save fuel and avoid polluting the air. Instead, it will keep you healthy, energetic, and enthusiastic.
Producing food organically has less impact on the ecosystem and soil, as well as on your health, for you don’t take in any chemicals with your food.
- Helps you save money
Sustainable living is cost-effective. You can find some community groups or online platforms offering excess food or some unwanted things at a low price. For example, Just Dabao is a green marketplace that offers surplus food from more than 400 food and beverage merchants at a discount. You can go and get the food anytime by following the geolocation of the place. There are additional discounts if you use the promo codes and the DBS card to make payments. Another way of saving money is by renting, swapping, or buying used clothes.
The other way of saving money is by carrying a reusable water bottle or coffee in a reusable cup from home. Switching to energy-efficient appliances and LED bulbs and using fans if it’s not very hot will save energy and money.
- Conserves earth’s natural resources
When it comes to fulfilling your basic needs, you use natural resources. Using them without any limit or restriction will exhaust the resources. Conserving natural resources calls for consuming less energy, using less water, eating less meat, and using less paper.
For instance, by having energy-efficient appliances and homes, you can save energy and money by paying less for the energy consumption in your household in Singapore.
- Helps reduce pollution
Preventing pollution is as important as eliminating it before it is created. Singapore is one of the countries that call for action against air pollution. Through the ‘Breathelife campaign’, a joint effort by the United Nations Environment, the Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), and World Health Organization (WHO), Singapore encourages cities, organizations, and individuals to work towards reducing air pollution.
For instance, Singapore is one of the countries successful in introducing and applying Euro IV and V standards for motor vehicles as a step towards lowering the levels of hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter in its cities. The other options for living sustainably and preventing pollution are using public transportation, electrical equipment with energy-star labels, and environmentally friendly paints and cleaning products.
- Promotes healthier community
If you want to lead a healthy and safe life, you need to promote a healthy community. As a social being, you are responsible for a safe planet by sticking to sustainable living. Practice moping the dust inside or outside your home to avoid lead, pesticides, and flame retardants getting into the clean air you breathe. Avoid using pesticides and plastics, for they include toxins, which get easily into your drinking water or food.
The benefits explained are crucial to ensure sustainable living by preserving resources for future generations who want to live healthy and safe.