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6 Easy & Cost-Effective Sustainable Daily Life Swaps

With the times changing, it’s time for us to change too.

As the world adopts more sustainable and environment-friendly measures, it is now even more evident that the need for the same is evident.

Many people tend to be of the notion that going green or adopting more sustainable measures comes with a price tag or demands a significant change in their day-to-day activities.

Let us figure out how you can actually lead a more sustainable life without the stress of draining your wallet or transitioning your lifestyle.

Carrying your own bags for shopping

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One of the easiest sustainable daily swaps | Credits: Pexels

Heading out to buy groceries? Don’t just carry your wallet or your phone along with you. Take along a reusable cloth bag to carry your groceries.

Plastic bags are the most rampant contributor to plastic pollution. With its ease of availability and lower costs, it is preferred by a lot of small vendors and bigger businesses too. What’s even more worrisome is the fact that only 3% of plastic bags are recycled.

According to an estimate by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, the annual per capita consumption of plastic bags in India would be 20 kilograms by 2022.

Swapping your plastic bag with a sturdier and more economical (in the longer run) is definitely one of the easiest sustainable swaps you can begin with

Replacing Plastic Bottles with Steel Bottles

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Replace single use plastic bottles | Credits: Pexels

Another major contributor to the country’s plastic pollution is plastic bottles.

Similar to plastic bags, plastic bottles, and more importantly, single-use plastic bottles are rampantly being used all around.

While 90% of these PET bottles are recyclable, the efforts and infrastructure to get them recycled aren’t prevalent enough, which leads to these bottles adding to the overall plastic pollution.

Hence, replacing the daily plastic bottle with a stainless steel bottle is a viable solution for plastic bottles. Moreover, the extra cost incurred on buying the steel bottle is paid off in the longer run.

Replacing Your Toothbrush

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Bamboo toothbrushes are more sustainable than our regular plastic toothbrushes | Credits: Pexels

According to an estimate, there are around 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes that end up going into landfills.

Using plastic toothbrushes doesn’t seem like a major contributor to plastic pollution by many. However, for every plastic toothbrush that’s been used, you must not have decomposed yet.

This is where another sustainable swap comes in the form of bamboo toothbrushes and toothbrushes with manual replaceable heads.

According to research conducted by Eastman Dental Institute that measured the environmental impact of different types of toothbrushes, bamboo toothbrushes improved the carbon footprint by 68%.

Switch Your Daily Commute

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Now, this is where you can make an easy swap without changing your lifestyle much.

Instead of using your vehicle or a cab, switching to a vehicle that has zero tailpipe emissions is something that you can do.

This is where BluSmart comes in. Ride in electric cabs that are 100% tailpipe emissions-free and come with loads of other benefits such as zero cab cancellations.

What makes BluSmart a smart choice is that you don’t end up paying extra during peak hours in the name of ‘surge prices’. With flat fares all day round, you don’t just save some extra bucks but also end up saving the earth.

Walk it Out

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Walking doesn't just decrease your carbon footprint but has health benefits too | Credits: Pexels

Who knew making sustainable choices can actually help you become healthier?

For shorter distances, if you end up walking instead of taking your car there, your carbon footprint ends up reducing drastically. According to one study, walking 1.5 miles helps save up to 75% lesser greenhouse gas emissions than driving the same distance.

Another report suggests that if you complete five 2-kilometre trips a week walking instead of driving the same distance, it can decrease emissions by 86 kg a year.

Let’s get walking, shall we?

Slow Down on Fast Fashion

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Fast fashion has led to a gradual decline in overall utility of clothing | Credits: Pexels

Fast fashion clothing has picked up pace due to its economic feasibility. A cultural and social shift towards fast fashion has reduced the number of times a piece of clothing is usually worn.

So much so, that the fashion industry ends up emitting more CO2 than the shipping and aviation industries combined.

Shifting from fast fashion to more conscious and sustainable clothing choices will not only be more economically feasible for you in the long run but will also have a positive impact on the environment.

Take the first step, today!

Changing the world in a day is never the most practical way of doing things.

When it comes to adopting a more sustainable lifestyle, all of it boils down to the way we adapt to it gradually.

The smallest of changes or swaps in your daily life can create a significant impact in the near future.

Take the first step towards a more sustainable choice by choosing BluSmart. With zero tailpipe emissions and 100% electric cars, we’re on a path to changing the way you move around.

Download the app, and experience the smart way to ride today.

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