Yes, this is a dramatic stance, but it might take a dramatic stance to help us all understand the concept of sustainable living.
In a nutshell, sustainable living is a way of life where we protect things like our natural resources and both human and ecological health.
At the same time, we continue to push innovation and keep and improve our typical way of life.
Why is sustainability important?
Because if we don’t do this now and start paying attention to the way we consume, our planet’s resources will run out….and our current ways of life are in for a dramatic change.
How to Live a Sustainable Life
There are a number of things that you can do right now to start bringing the concept of sustainability into your own life.
Here are a few ideas:
Reduce Home Energy Use
Simple things, such as turning off the lights when you leave a room, can have a huge impact on energy use in the home. Imagine how much energy we could save if everyone did this!
Using energy-efficient lights, setting the thermostat a couple of degrees lower in the winter, and using a cool breeze from the windows when it gets warm instead of the A/C can also help a lot.
Stop Using Disposables
Another thing you can do is to stop using disposable items like cups, plates, razors, coffee pods, and plastic bags.
These fill up landfills very quickly, and all of these have more permanent options available.
This includes bottled water. If you can’t drink from the tap, consider buying a water filter.
These fill up landfills very quickly, and all of these have more permanent options available. This includes bottled water. If you can’t drink from the tap, consider buying a water filter.
Start a Garden
Even if it’s a small herb garden, having a garden in your home does two things. First, it helps to cut down on large-scale farming, which takes up a lot of lands.
It also helps to save you money on your produce and puts more oxygen into the air.
Purchase Fair Trade Goods
It’s likely that the items you use every day, such as coffee, sugar, fruit, cocoa, and tea, are not produced in a sustainable way.
These items also are often harvested by taking advantage of the local people, and in some cases, treating them very poorly.
However, if the items are labeled as “free-trade,” this isn’t the case. The items are harvested and prepared in sustainable ways, and the locals are not negatively impacted.
These are just a few of the many ways to live a more sustainable life. Taking these steps is easy and it allows you to live a way of life that you are used to, both today and tomorrow.