We understand that the concept of sustainable living goes beyond caring for the environment; it also encompasses factors such as health, education, connectivity, livelihood, commerce and lifestyle. To advocate sustainable living, SDP this matter into account not only in the company operations but also in our products to foster sustainable lifestyles.
This is reflected in our various product offering from industrial and logistic facilities to lifestyle integrated development through to landed townships.
In this section, you will be able to view samples of select sustainable urban developments, access and consider tips for how you can lead a more sustainable lifestyle and see examples of community sustainability initiatives.
As the company improves the methods and approaches to embedding sustainability into business processes, it is a natural progression to look at how we establish our communities and customers to lead a sustainable lifestyle.
Tips for Sustainable Living
“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make” – Jane Goodall
1. Turn it off & unplug
As cliché as it sounds, energy conservation is one of the most important factors in reducing your carbon footprint and saving your money. Leaving your electrical appliances in standby mode consumes energy. Try to switch them off, unplug them and you will see the magic in your energy bill!
2. Invest in Solar PV
Installing a solar photovoltaic system on your home would not only reduce your electrical bill but also help in reducing carbon emissions. We have partnered with TNBX to offer Solar PV in residential homes at Elmina and expect that this will one day become a standard feature in new homes.
3. Drive less
If you can make a journey by foot, bike or public transport, then go for it. Driving is not enviro-friendly, as it results in carbon emissions. When you have to drive, make sure your tyres are perfectly inflated and try to keep a steady speed and carpool as often as possible. Bonus tips: use Waze or Google Maps to navigate away from traffic jams.
4. Fix it, or upcycle it, don’t throw it away
Repairing or fixing something saves you money and is more environmentally friendly than simply throwing things away, although the latter may seem easier sometimes. There are plenty of tutorial videos on repairing things.
5. Grow Your Own Food
Planting your own vegetables regardless of your backyard size or even in a small pot does bring a positive impact to the environment. You will also reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released during commercial farm planting, harvesting and transporting. Plus, it can be satisfying to know where your food comes from and it’s educational for children.
6. Kitchen composting
If you have let your food go a little bit too far past its ‘best by date’ or have some leftover food, then you need to be sure to compost it rather than putting it in the bin. Not only will this help create a natural fertiliser and keep your garden green, it’ll also reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill. But avoid composting dairy, meat leftovers and scraps.
7. Say Goodbye to Plastics
Plastic, despite its versatility and durability, impacts the environment and wildlife negatively. From killing marine organisms to polluting our underground water and blocking drains, it causes more harm than good. Thus, bring your own reusable bag when shopping, buy your fruit and vegetables loose and stop buying bottled water.
8. Buy Local
From clothes to groceries to furniture, the closer to home these products are made and bought, the less carbon is emitted to the atmosphere with their transportation. If you buy local, you’ll also be supporting the local economy which means that in time, you’ll likely have even more items to choose from as local sectors develop and diversify.
9. Plant Trees
Ecological sustainability is very important when it comes to enviro-friendly living. Trees not only produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, they can cool down your surrounding area, thus helping you to save on your energy bill. Other amazing facts about trees: they reduce flooding, provide habitat for wildlife, help control soil erosion, provide healthy green spaces to relax and much more.
10. Install water saving fittings
Did you know that showers are responsible for up to one third of a typical household’s water use? By installing a water saving shower head, you will significantly reduce your monthly water consumption. That means you may also save money while helping to ensure that there is enough clean water for all! Also, consider that climate change may make water less available in the future.