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Sustainable investors encouraged to live a sustainable lifestyle

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Sustainable investors encouraged to live a sustainable lifestyle

By Cameron Micallef
December 30 2019

With responsible investing growing to over $9 trillion in assets globally, investors are clearly thinking beyond the bottom line when it comes to asset allocation.

Sustainable lifestyle

Sustainable investors encouraged to live a sustainable lifestyle

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  • December 30 2019
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With responsible investing growing to over $9 trillion in assets globally, investors are clearly thinking beyond the bottom line when it comes to asset allocation.

Sustainable lifestyle

As the sustainable movement takes over, Christian Kjaergaard, commercial manager at Pure Planet Club shares how investors can do more at home to help save the planet.

“For some, the move towards more sustainability in the home and eco-friendly everyday life choices may have appeared out of the blue. For others, the interest in going green has been a slowly emerging trend over the last few years, especially since the plastic bag bans across Australia,” Ms Kjaergaard explains.

The manager shares her top 10 ways to be more sustainable in 2020:

  1. Top up your pool or spa for summer the best way to conserve water. Use a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, watering can or bucket for a maximum of 15 minutes per day.
  2. Say goodbye to disposables. It began with the switch from plastic straws to recyclable paper types, but now all the hype is trendy re-usable metal straws. When you buy something, consider its life expectancy. How long can it be used, and will it have more than one use? When you’re finished, will it end up in landfill?
  3. Make the swap to an eco-friendly, plastic-free and tree-free toilet paper. Try options made from 100% plant-based materials like bamboo and sugarcane waste. Making this simple choice means you save wiping out 27,000 trees which is normally used to make toilet paper per day!
  4. Use half flush when possible. If you have a dual flush toilet, using the half flush button reduces your water usage which helps to preserve the environment and save money on your water bill - over 15,000 litres of water can be saved annually!
  5. Time your showers and stick to 4 minutes. Believe it or not, it is possible to wash your whole body in 4 minutes. Set a timer, do it for a few weeks and soon you will be in the habit of efficient showering. Save water and energy used to heat the water.
  6. Reduce plastic waste by choosing eco-beauty products. Plastic pollution is causing irreversible damage to our planet at an alarming rate. Think about your toothbrush, hairbrush and other beauty products.
  7. Use non-toxic cleaning products. A few natural products around the house can be awesome eco-friendly cleaning products. Natural products are healthier for you and healthier for our planet.
  8. If you’re not using it, switch it off! It’s amazing how much of your household energy you can save when you’re consciously switching off. Not only will you reduce your electricity bill, you’ll also reduce your impact on natural resources and global warming.
  9. Resell and donate items. In 2020, vintage items will be more popular than ever before. So, think twice before tossing something out and adding to landfill. Try reselling at the local markets, offer to or donate to a charity organisation.
  10. Double check your water restrictions and stick to it. Recently some places, including Sydney, have upped their water restrictions. If we all do our bit and save a little, together we'll make a big difference.
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Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

About the author

Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

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