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How to Live Sustainably with Your Housemates



Living sustainably has become an ever-increasing concern for many people. As we become more aware of our impact on the environment, we are seeking ways to reduce our carbon footprint. Living sustainably can seem like a daunting task, especially when living with others. However, it is possible to live sustainably with your housemates. In this guide, we will discuss ways to live sustainably with your housemates.

Jump to Section#

  • Sustainable Utility Providers
  • Get Thrifty
  • Go Zero Waste
  • Sort Your Trash
  • Lean into Your Green Thumb
  • Conclusion
  • FAQs

Sustainable Utility Providers#

One way to live sustainably is by using eco-friendly energy and water providers. Researching and switching to green energy and water suppliers can reduce your carbon footprint. By using sustainable utility providers, you are supporting the growth of renewable energy and reducing your reliance on fossil fuels. It is important to note that switching to sustainable utility providers can also save you money in the long run.

Get Thrifty#

Another way to live sustainably is by buying second-hand furniture and appliances. Thrift stores and op-shops are great places to find high-quality, unique items that fit your budget. Shopping locally on Facebook marketplace or community groups is also a sustainable option.

By buying second-hand goods, you are reducing the need for new items to be produced and reducing waste. Additionally, it can be a fun and creative way to decorate your home. It's basically a right of passage to own a milk crate desk or a pallet bed, so get thrifting.

Go Zero Waste#

Living a zero-waste lifestyle is a great way to live sustainably. This means reducing the amount of waste you produce and aiming to send nothing to landfill. Tips for reducing waste in the household include using reusable containers, buying in bulk, and avoiding single-use plastics. Proper waste sorting is also important to ensure that items are recycled or composted correctly. By going zero waste, you are not only reducing your carbon footprint but also saving money in the long run.

Sort Your Trash#

Proper waste sorting is essential for sustainable living. This means separating recyclable items, compostable items, and non-recyclable items. By sorting your trash, you are ensuring that items are disposed of correctly, reducing landfill waste and minimizing the impact on the environment. Proper waste sorting can also save money on waste removal fees (P.S. we've gathered some more suggestions in the FAQ below).

Lean into Your Green Thumb#

Growing your own produce at home is a great way to live sustainably. Even if you live in an apartment, you can grow herbs on a windowsill or balcony. Making compost from vegetable scraps is also a great way to reduce waste and create nutrient-rich soil for your home-grown produce. By growing your own food, you are reducing food miles and supporting sustainable agriculture. Plus, it's a fun and rewarding hobby!


Living sustainably with your housemates is an important step towards reducing your carbon footprint and promoting a healthier planet. By using eco-friendly utility providers, buying second-hand goods, going zero waste, properly sorting your trash, and growing your own produce, you can make a significant impact. It's important to remember that sustainable living is a journey, and every small step counts. By making sustainable choices in your household, you are not only reducing your environmental impact but also setting an example for others to follow. So go forth, live sustainably, and make a positive impact on the world around you!


What is sustainable living?#

Sustainable living means living in a way that reduces your impact on the environment and promotes the use of renewable resources.

How can I encourage my housemates to live sustainably?#

Lead by example and share your enthusiasm for sustainable living. Explain the benefits of living sustainably and how it can save money in the long run.

What are some easy ways to live sustainably in a shared household?#

Switch to sustainable utility providers, buy second-hand goods, go zero waste, sort your trash, and grow your own produce.

How can I reduce my household's carbon footprint?#

Reduce energy and water usage, switch to sustainable utility providers, reduce waste, and use eco-friendly products.

What are the benefits of sustainable living?#

Sustainable living can save money, promote healthy living, reduce waste, and reduce your impact on the environment.

How can I save money while living sustainably?#

By reducing waste and energy usage, switching to sustainable utility providers, and buying second-hand goods, you can save money in the long run.

What are some eco-friendly alternatives to common household products?#

There are a variety of eco-friendly alternatives to common household products. Here are our top suggestions:

  • Cleaning products: Choose an eco-friendly brand for your cleaning products. Earth Choice is a great example of a product line that's effective, affordable and eco-friendly.

  • Single-use plastics: Use reusable containers or alternatives instead of single-use plastics. Consider trying Bee's Wrap as a great alternative to plastic wrap. Otherwise, head over to our friends at Great Wrap for a fantastic alternative to cling wrap.

  • Paper towels: Use reusable cloths or rags instead of paper towels.

  • Toilet paper: Consider recycled paper options like Who Gives a Crap

You can also reduce your environmental impact by engaging in re-usable container initiatives, by using reusable bags for shopping, and by using reusable coffee cups.

How can I reduce water usage in a shared household?#

Install low-flow showerheads and faucets, fix leaks promptly, and only run full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine.

What are some sustainable transportation options for a shared household?#

Carpooling, biking, and using public transportation are all sustainable transportation options for a shared household.

What does Sharehouse ( do to be sustainable?#

Sharehouse is a proud member of Stripe's Climate Program. We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and promoting sustainable living. We are also committed to helping our users find sustainable housemates and sustainable homes. We are constantly working to improve our sustainability efforts and will continue to do so in the future. We're also always open to suggestions, so feel free to reach out to us if you have any!

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