Sustainable living is something that we should all strive for. However, we understand that sometimes it can get difficult to follow all the principles. It can also get confusing because, no matter how much you want to, you don’t know where to start with sustainable living. So we are here to help you out. Ana Luisa is based on sustainability in jewelry and we strive to follow all the ethical principles in our jewelry creation. So keep on reading to understand why sustainability is important and to discover 5 ways you can adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.

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  1. Reducing your household energy use

We depend on electricity, there is no doubt about that. However, you can still achieve sustainable living and reduce your energy consumption at the same time. In fact, it is very easy to do so and it doesn’t require any major lifestyle changes.

Start by simply turning off appliances and lights that you are not using. You only need light in the room you are in, you don’t need your house looking like a Christmas tree every single day. When buying new appliances, look for the energy-efficient ones. This way, you can achieve sustainable living and save some money in the process as well. Also, instead of using the dryer every single time, try hanging your clothes to dry off on the rack sometimes. They will get a nice, fresh scent and you’ll be saving a lot of energy in the process.

Beware of how you use the air conditioning. When it’s very hot outside, you have to alternative. However, most people simply turn the air conditioning on when the room gets too warm. Try opening your window and see if the cool breeze doesn’t lower the temperature in your room. Sometimes, a cool breeze does the trick and you don’t need to use the air conditioning.

  1. Sustainable living by eating locally

Eating locally is very important for sustainable living. Yes, supermarkets with fruits and vegetables from everywhere on the Globe may be convenient, but this doesn’t mean they are healthy or sustainable. Firstly, by eating locally, you are supporting small businesses and local farmers. This means that you are actually supporting a healthy lifestyle where you can only fresh products that come from local crops.

Secondly, eating locally means taking a big step forward towards sustainable living. Think of all the fossil fuel that gets spent on you getting your avocados from the other part of the world. We don’t mean to rain on your parade, but it’s important to consider where your food comes from when we are talking about sustainable living.

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  1. Always recycle

Recycling is crucial to sustainable living. And while it may be difficult to recycle everything, you can start small with just paper, cans, and plastic. Each recycled aluminum can saves a lot of energy and paper is really easy to recycle. Recycled plastic, on the other hand, is a material that many companies use to develop new products.

Another way you can achieve sustainable living is to donate stuff that you don’t use anymore. Don’t throw away your old clothes, donate them. If they are not in good condition, you can simply turn them into dust rags or otherwise recycle them.  It is not difficult to achieve sustainable living as long as you follow a couple of simple rules.

  1. Sustainable living by saving water & reducing plastic use

This one may be a bit tricky, depending on where you live, but water-saving is important to sustainable living. If you live in an area with drinkable tap water, avoid buying plastic water bottles. So much plastic can be saved just by drinking tap water.

One of the biggest enemies of sustainable living and a primary factor of water consumption are outdoor plants. Try to get plants that normally thrive in your environment. If you do not get a lot of rain, don’t plant basil. Instead, switch to plans that normally grow in your area and are used to draught. Nature is pretty amazing and each environment has specific plants that thrive under the climacteric conditions there. Achieve sustainable living by choosing to plant herbs, flowers, and trees that normally grow in your area.

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  1. Supporting fair-trade & sustainable brands

Last, but not least, to achieve sustainable living you have to make brands seriously consider it. For example, clothing brands with mass production are very harmful to the environment as well as developing communities. You can force them to rethink their business principles by choosing only fair-trade and sustainable brands. The same goes for jewelry.

The gold mining industry is very harmful and do not get us started on mined diamonds. This is why Ana Luisa uses only recycled gold and sterling silver for jewelry creation. Instead of mined diamonds that are the source of conflict in developing communities, we use lab-grown diamonds. These are just as beautiful and have the same qualities, but without harming the environment. Moreover, for our gold-dipped jewelry, the plating is done in-house to ensure high ethical standards.

Sustainable living becomes easy when you follow a couple of simple rules. And, in the process, you also achieve a healthier lifestyle. If you enjoyed discovering more about sustainable living, check out the rest of our articles and find out about slow fashion, earth-friendly products and more. To see our gorgeous collections of ethical jewelry, visit Ana Luisa online jewelry shop.

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Ruxandra is a fashion blogger who teaches fashion stumped twenty to thirty somethings how to shop their jewelry boxes for polished new ensembles. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Fashionista, Nylon, and Refinery29.