A Beginner’s Guide to Living More Sustainably

From Sir David Attenborough to Greta Thunberg, there’s never been as much chatter about sustainability than now.

Many experts and campaigners have warned about the state of our planet and the damage that humans (and large corporations) have done to it. They say that time is running out, but if we act now, we can help to put things right for future generations.

But what does ‘living more sustainably’ mean, and how do we go about doing this?

Time for a definition: Sustainability means meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. It’s about reducing the amount of our planet’s resources that we use to help protect it.

Failure to do so is like a game of dominoes, with environmental issues such as pollution and climate change causing harm to the world in which we live.

Here’s what you can start doing today to lead a more sustainable lifestyle…

Eat less meat & more plant-based – Followers of Meatless Farm will already know that the production of meat is one of the biggest contributing factors to climate change. That’s why we’ve created a range of meat alternatives that deliver on taste and texture, so you can still enjoy your favourite meals, but more sustainably and without compromise.

Did you know that our plant-based mince generates 93% less CO2 than the same pack of beef mince?

Eggplant with Meatless Farm plant-based mince

Meatless Farm is now available in Little Farms Singapore! Head over to any of their five stores or online shop. And in celebration of Earth Day, Meatless Farm and Little Farms are giving an Earth Day surprise this weekend! Watch out for it!

Use less energy – Perhaps the simplest sustainable switch for us to get our heads around. Reducing your energy use not only helps to protect the environment, it’s also likely to reduce your utility bills. Win-win!

Energy conservation is as simple as turning off lights or appliances when not in use, turning down the heating on your thermostat or making use of smart timers.

Wind farm pylons

And whilst you’re at it, replacing your old lightbulbs with more efficient LEDs, choosing energy efficient appliances next time you need an upgrade and insulating your home through windows, insulation or sealing air leaks are all great ways to reduce your energy usage and be more sustainable.

Grow your own produce – The healthiest and most rewarding way to become more sustainable – grow your own vegetables! And the best thing is, you don’t need an allotment or massive garden to do it.

Tomato plants

You can easily grow potatoes in grow bags, tomatoes in pots or lettuce in plant containers. Before long, you’ll be able to make your own salad from produce you’ve grown, all without using pesticides or fossil fuels to transport the produce to supermarkets.

Change your travel habits – Anyone whose been in a traffic jam recently knows that there are far too many cars on our roads. Aside from the frustration of being late, the number of vehicles is also adding to our greenhouse gas emissions.

If your destination is close enough, consider walking or cycling – it’s great for your health, too! Or, jump aboard public transport to make your journey to work more sustainable.

Bicycle path logo

Speaking of cars on the road, if everyone in Singapore swapped to eating one more plant-based meal per week, it would cut the CO2 emissions by 3 million tonnes. That’s the same as taking 641,000 cars off the road!

Don’t waste food – Whilst we’re on the subject of food and the energy it takes to produce it, let’s try not to waste it!

Throwing food in the bin is literally a waste. Why not save leftovers for your lunch the next day, or store them in the freezer for another meal?

Reduce, recycle, reuse –  So much of what we use can either be recycled or reused, thus putting making all the energy that was used to make the original container go even further.

Make sure you put your rubbish in the correct bins – many councils, tips or supermarkets offer recycling facilities – and try to reuse items that are so much more than just single use.

Plastic bottles recycled

You can also cut out plastic by using reusable bags when you go shopping, steering clear of single-use water bottles and straws and choosing unwrapped produce at the supermarket.

All of Meatless Farm’s products use a sleeve and tray that are widely recyclable, and our tray is made from a minimum of 50% recycled materials. Our sleeve is also FSC certified, which means it comes from sustainably managed forests. Winner!

As you can see, the path to living sustainably doesn’t need to be a massive overhaul. It is all about making simple swaps and tweaks to our lifestyle and mindset, while thinking about leaving this planet in a better place for the next generation.