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There are simple hacks we can employ to be kinder to the planet, from cooking to cleaning, to fashion and finance. We have gathered some tips that can help you lead a more sustainable life.

Kitchen Life

Adults today can spend anywhere from one to three hours in the kitchen per day. There’s plenty to do in the kitchen that will help you live a greener life and also save a few bucks on the way!

Reduce food waste

Begin to love your leftovers. As much as 20% of purchased perishable products end up in the trash bin. Keep track of what’s available in the fridge before you go out shopping for more. Reinvent the way you use food; for example, stale bread can be used to make salad croutons; cooked porridge can be used as part of the ingredients for baking bread!

When out shopping, it is better to get less and shop more often, than jumping into ‘buy 2 and get 3’ offers that can likely lead to unnecessary food waste at home. Keep track of where produce comes from and try to buy locally when possible.

A Cleansing Life

We spend a lot of time and energy cleaning, whether it is our bodies, our homes or clothing. Save the planet, your money and time with some simple tricks.

Wash less often. We need to wash all the time, especially with small children around but oftentimes we put a garment to wash if it has a small stain. Learn to spot clean and air-dry your clothes when possible.

Use biodegradable products. Many of the cleaning and cleansing products we use are quite detrimental to the environment. Start buying products that are as close to 100% biodegradable and make an instant positive impact on the planet!

Less plastic. Our products are not only wrapped or contained in plastic, they often have plastic inside them! Start discovering sustainable products that are wrapped in paper or biodegradable products, and research what is in your product to avoid adding more micro-plastics to the environment.

A Life with Fashion

We won’t tell you to stop shopping, but only to do it more consciously.  Here are some tips.

Buy only necessary items. Before buying a new piece of clothing, ask yourself, will I wear this item at least 30 times?

Buy secondhand. Secondhand products can be as good as new and they are cheaper, so you reduce on the production footprint while saving money.

A Life of Finance

Finances can be a drag for many, but saving money while saving the planet can be easily recognized as a win-win situation.

Invest wisely. Instead of a bigger flat-screen TV, how about investing in water-saving devices such as rainwater harvesting or greywater recycling systems? Invest in environmentally-friendly solutions that also lower your monthly bills.

Green money. Ask your bank and pension provider what funds you’re invested in and whether there is a sustainable or ethical option. It’s time to stop investing in fossil-fuels.

Experts believe that cultured meat companies, such as Beyond Meat or Impossible Foods, may be the future of the meat industry around the world, bringing enormous benefits to the environment with it. The production of the traditional meat industry has brought many ethical and environmental issues to the table, as it provides 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The industrial meat production requires a huge amount of land to sustain itself, including forests deliberately destroyed which causes the release of billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and accelerates global warming. For example, the United States alone consumes three times the global average of meat, and swapping to lab-grown meat would reduce emissions by 61% to 73%. Moreover, animal agriculture is responsible for the release of more greenhouse gases emissions compared to all the world’s transportation systems combined.

One solution to this issue, taken into consideration that by 2050 the world population would reach 10 billion or more, is to farm seaweed which is protein-rich, low fat and rich in vitamins, zinc and iron. But for people who love the taste and texture of meat, nurturing meat cells that multiply its tissue similarly to the one from a living cow.

Another benefit of lab-grown meat is it could help solve the worldwide shortage of protein-rich foods following the coronavirus pandemic, and many countries could embrace the idea of having lab-grown beef while also slowing the effects of climate change.

A group of German chemists have developed a sustainable plastic alternative that allows it to be chemically recycled 10 times more efficiently than normal plastic. Derived from plant oils, this is a more environmentally friendly option when compared to the conventional fossil fuel-based plastic that has polluted Earth so much for decades.

Nowadays, recycling is mostly done by sorting and slicing plastic into pellets that are used to create new materials at a temperature of at least 600 degrees Celsius, and is chemically recycled at a rate lower than 10%. With these plant-based plastics, the long polymer chains of plastic are broken down with heat or solvents to get the material back to its initial components in a more efficient manner. For example, they require a temperature of 120 to 150 degrees Celsius and retain a 96% of the initial material.

These plant-based plastics come in an appropriate time, as landfills and warehouses struggle to keep up the never-ending increase of disposed plastic waste. Chemical recycling will play a significant role in a circular economy by reducing plastic waste and repurposing it into new products.

The new plant-based plastics are very similar to high-density polyethylene, which is mostly known for its recycling number 2, and is better suited for 3D printing as it retains its properties even after the recycling process after reusing it. They also biodegrade in nature more quickly than common plastic types.

Hopefully in the not-so-far-away future we can all gain access to these plant-based plastic solutions.

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