Green Living Tips: The Millennial
Greetings, fellow millennials! A happy rise and grind to you! We hope the avocados for your toast are perfectly ripe and that the pour-over you’re brewing in your napkinless house is smooth like that one song that was popular when we were kids!
All joking aside, millennials are the generation that’s poised to make great strides for sustainability in the years ahead. A recent Nielsen study found that 75% of millennials today are altering their buying habits based on what’s better for the environment, compared with 34% of baby boomers. Millennials also report a greater willingness than previous generations to pay more for products that are environmentally friendly, organic, natural or socially responsible.
That socially responsible outlook stretches to the workplace, too. Study after study has shown that millennials want to work for sustainable companies. Both millennial and Generation Z workers are drawn in greater numbers to companies that take a strong stance for the environment and implement ethical, equitable business practices at all levels.
It’s clear that millennials desire to lead eco-friendly lives , and we see a bright future for millennials and sustainability that’s likely to make a significant impact on the planet. If you’re a millennial and you want to get on the sustainability train, here are a few sustainable living tips we’ve selected just for you.
Wear clothes that are sustainably produced and made to last.
The sustainable fashion movement has been picking up steam in recent years thanks to millennial demand. The textile industry can be pretty tough on the environment, from using hazardous chemicals for dyes and finishes to requiring huge supplies of water and pesticides for textile agriculture. Then there’s “fast fashion”: cheaply made, low-cost brands whose product lines are designed to fall apart within a year. In reaction to these wasteful fashion trends , sustainable fashion brands seek to minimize their environmental impact by using recycled materials and organic fibres with natural dyes and finishing products. Not only are these sustainable products built to last, they’re designed to be adaptable for any ensemble and fashionably timeless, ensuring that the clothes you buy will stay with you for a long, long time.
Only drive when necessary.
If you drive a gas-powered car, it’s automatically one of the biggest sources of carbon emissions in your life. As a result, many eco-conscious millennials are opting to significantly cut down on their vehicle usage. This could mean switching to a bike for their commute to work, carpooling, ridesharing or using public transportation, or taking advantage of at-home grocery delivery. Some millennials are making the switch to driving an electric vehicle to permanently green their ride.
Buy experiences, not things.
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