As sustainability becomes part of our lives, the fight for climate awareness and change becomes reachable via actionable steps. Expats and digital nomads have the opportunity to make eco-conscious living a reality, adopt it on the move and help the planet as we go.
Wherever possible, try to have little impact on the planet and environment by eliminating waste and pollution.
The desire for green living, fresher air, purer oceans, recyclable amenities, conscious work, and eco-friendly destinations is rising, in demand, and necessary.
Here are Her Expat Life's tips on how to live a sustainable, greener, eco-friendly life as an expat & digital nomad.
1: Choose the country you live in wisely!
Forward-thinking nations are applying policies, infrastructure and ecosystem development to aid greener living. You can join a culture dedicated to improving everyone's lives and increasing the quality of life. As an expat, you have the mindset to make this a reality and to consciously participate in upscaling your whole life to align with green eco-friendly living. The top countries we recommend for expats looking for the best 'green' societies are Denmark, Luxembourg & Switzerland.
2: Be mindful of how you fly!
As expats, digital nomads and travellers, we tend to fly more than your average person. Research has shown (during the Pandemic) that as we flew less, the air in densely populated areas became cleaner! To enhance the planet's health, it's beneficial to be more mindful of how we travel and fly. For example, to reduce your carbon footprint choose direct flights, fly economy class, avoid short flights where possible, opting for bus, car or train instead. Stay in one place for a while instead of constantly moving or travelling.
3: Choose eco-friendly products!
There are many ways to reduce the environmental pollution that stems from your home simply by choosing eco-friendly products.
Certified Compostable Bin Liners
Recycled Toilet Tissue
Recycled Plastic Toothbrush
Recycled Sari Table Linen Collection
Recycled Plastic Rugs
Ballpoint Pens Made From Recycled Water Bottles.
Choose razors with blades you can replace. Disposable razors are bad for the environment.
4: Choose Eco-friendly Coworking & co-living spaces!
As digital nomads, we are used to working remotely, hybrid or otherwise, cutting commutes out of our lives and extended office hours in traditional office spaces ill equipped for green living. As digital nomads, we have the choice to design our lives in a way that allows us to choose eco-friendly designed living consciously. Green Co working spaces unite conscious individuals who collaborate to reduce their carbon footprint. A shared space can help them do it much more efficiently. Moreover, being sustainable is a competitive advantage. An eco-friendly Co working space helps its members to establish partnerships.
5: Take Action!
Wherever possible, recycle, and buy long-lasting products or clothes instead of fast fashion. Buy a reusable water glass or coffee cup! Reduce plastic as much as you can. Carry a 'forever bag' for shopping instead of the plastic bags they give you at the store. Unplug and switch off all your items when you finish for the day. Small personal actionable steps daily are huge wins for our planet!
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