With every passing year, it becomes increasingly important to think about sustainable practices we can do in our daily lives to create positive change for the environment, and for ourselves. Here are three ways that you can make your lifestyle more sustainable.
Sustainability isn’t just about keeping things green, it’s also about making sure the way you live is sustainable for your body. This may seem simple enough, but it’s another thing that gets more difficult as technology advances. As more things are done remotely, more of our jobs require us to sit in front of a computer screen for up to eight hours daily. With this in mind, it’s important to monitor how much activity you’re getting in a week. Studies show that getting 150 minutes of moderate activity a week is ideal to maintain a healthy body.
You may have heard the mantra, “reduce, reuse, recycle.” While that is a helpful way to remember how to throw things out, the most important way to reduce waste is to not have to throw things out at all! In order to have less waste, it’s important to buy durable products that you know will last a long time.
That’s one of the reasons that we’ve opted to use bamboo for our tabletops. Bamboo is a durable material that we know will take a long time to wear down. Check out our blog post about the reasons we’ve decided to use bamboo for our tabletops.
3. Renewable Energy:
Of course, one of the biggest threats to the environment is how quickly we’re using energy resources. Studies show that extracting and processing materials used to create energy contributes to half of all greenhouse gas emissions, which, as we know, are contributing to global warming and climate change. Generating energy in all the traditional ways (nuclear energy, hydroelectric power, etc) also creates waste, including radioactive waste that is difficult to dispose of, and pollution that can lead to acid rain. Energy is one of the things that we need to be thinking of the most when we consider sustainability.
That’s why, for our Smart Under-the-Desk Bike, we’ve developed our energy-harvesting system. Our bike is powered by your pedalling - every time you pedal, you recharge the battery inside, which can generate up to 17V of energy (most phones can be charged with 5V). To put that in perspective, treadmills generally use around 120V, which means more power consumption. With our energy harvesting system, you create your own energy - which means it’s renewable, and doesn’t create waste.
Those are just some of our ideas on how to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. The most important thing to remember is that sustainability doesn’t have to be difficult. Even something as simple as repurposing old items, or investing a little more in something that will last longer, can significantly diminish your environmental footprint, and have a positive effect on the environment, and on your own lifestyle.