Do you want to reduce your environmental impact and be more sustainable? Here are some valuable tips from Carotilla to start living green
Surely you have already heard of sustainable livingbut do you know what it is?
When we talk about living sustainably we generally talk about developing habits of life that do not harm the environment or that – at least – cause the least possible impact on it.
This is because everything we do in our daily life, from the clothes we wear to the food we buy, has an impact (to a greater or lesser extent) on the planet.
Living sustainably then means trying to manage your needs in a way that will allow future generations to do the same. It means find ways we can make the planet’s resources last as long as possible, ideally forever.
On the occasion of the special green issue of Gracededicated to our Earth and on newsstands for two weeks, we asked for the opinion of Camilla Mendini.
Camilla is the Italian voice of sustainability; with the stage name Carotilla is a point of reference for thousands of people who, like her, they care about the environment and the future of our planet.
He has recently published his book (Im) perfect Sustainable: Daily gestures for sustainability within everyone’s reach published by Fabbri. In this volume, all illustrated and full of practical advice, we find virtuous behaviors, daily stratagems and essential information to make the right decisions and choose a zero-impact existence.
“Becoming perfectly sustainable, although ideal in theory, is not what we need to aim for: an army of sustainable imperfects is stronger than a small group of people who are sustainable through and through“.
Camilla also has her own shop of sustainable, vegan and zero waste beauty products: from solid shampoo to solid cleanser to deodorant, perfect for those who want to make their beauty routine more sustainable without sacrificing quality.
Here are a few easy and simple tips to put in place that could help you reduce your environmental impact.
**20 good habits of those who live green: how many do you follow? **
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How to make your diet more sustainable
We are eating the planet. Almost literally.
According to an FAO report, ours Power supply it has an impact on the environment even greater than that of the industrial and transport sectors.
In particular, the production chain ofmeat industry alone contributes up to 22% of the production of greenhouse gases emitted annually by the Earth.
That’s why Carotilla’s number one tip for sustainable nutrition is to avoid eating meat, fish and animal derivatives as much as possible.
For avoid waste then, it is recommended to buy only and exclusively what you need (you can help yourself with a shopping list), checking the expiry date on the packages and consuming the food in order of expiry.
Say goodbye to plastic bottles and wrappers e try to buy from local, km0 and seasonal dealers.
How to make your beauty routine more sustainable
Following a sustainable and zero waste beauty routine is another important step towards a greener life that protects the planet.
Making your skin care sustainable is easier than you might think; enough make more informed choices, reduce purchases and prefer recyclable packs.
In this regard, Cartoilla invites us to pay close attention to the plastic pack: we must always check that it is recyclable and / or recycled plastic. To avoid taking risks, however, it would be better to use the solid detergents: they last much longer, are lighter and their packaging is easily recyclable.
Say goodbye to disposablewhether it is razors, wipes or absorbent make-up remover (alternatively you can use the menstrual cup, the compostable pads or the washable underwear).
Last but not least, pay attention to the amount of water you use daily in the bathroom.
Turn off the water when you wash your face, teeth and hands and take part in the challenge #5minshower, taking a shower in less than 5 minutes.
How to make your wardrobe more sustainable
The sustainable living not only passes through the kitchen and bathroom, but also through the wardrobe.
So what to do to live in a greener and environmentally friendly way without burning your favorite clothes at the stake?
Carotilla recommends shopping in your closet: create new combinations with what you already have and take part in the # 1dress7days challenge.
In order for your clothes to last longer it is also important to take care of them, for example by following the washing instructions and fixing them if broken or punctured.
Remember that cotton is a false friend, so check that your clothes are made of organic cotton. Avoid the polyesterunless it is recycled (in which case check the percentage of recycled fiber).
Do you like shopping? No problem!
You can buy second hand clothesask relatives and friends to take a look at their closets, and even rent formal dresses that you won’t be wearing for more than one occasion.
How to make your home more sustainable
Kitchen, bathroom and wardrobe … the whole house should be sustainable!
Here then, also in this case, Carotilla comes to our aid to suggest 10 ways to make the house a greener place.
How to do? First of all it should choose a clean energy supplierwhich comes from renewable sources, insulating your home in the best possible way to maintain the temperature more easily in both winter and summer.
To furnish, you prefer second hand furnitureEU Ecolabel certified paints, cleaners on tap or ecological or rechargeable and washable and reusable products.
Attention also to household appliances: choose those ad high energy class A4 and let them go fully loaded (for example, prefer the dishwasher to hand washing – 12 liters of water versus, on average, 122).
Tips for reducing waste
Living a life of sustainability does not simply mean paying attention to certain areas of the house or aspects of one’s life. But also, for example, reduce the waste we create and leave behind.
Here then are Carotilla’s advice to avoid creating physical waste, such as paper and plastic bottles, waste materials to be disposed of in landfills and reducing packaging with simple daily gestures.
For example, the advice is to always carry one with you bag for sudden purchases and even a water bottleto avoid buying plastic bottles which are then thrown away.
Repair as much as possible instead of throwing away and prefer non-disposable products (even for napkins or handkerchiefs).
Do not discard what you no longer use: instead of throwing it away, you can instead donate it to local organizations or sell it online. Or give free rein to the imagination, for example, reusing glass and plastic packaging as much as possibleeven those of take away.
10 (simple) sustainable gestures to include in your daily life
Last but not least, to truly live a life in the name of sustainability and in defense of the environment, we can (indeed, we must) insert these simple daily gestures in our routine.
For example, prefer public transport, or a bicycle or a walk for your travels. Do not leave waste around and indeed collect the ones you find on the street.
Used ecological search enginesand periodically empty your inbox, messages and the photo and video archive: even the digital data stored consume energy.
Learn to recognize greenwashing strategies, write emails to brands and companies to make yourself heard and ask them to commit to sustainability. Vote for those who represent ideals and values related to sustainability and the environment.
Then finally there is a part of education: read and investigate sustainable issues with books, articles and documentaries, then inform others about these issues.
Giving as much space as possible to these conversations can make a real difference.