What is Sustainable Living?
We all know that climate change, global warming, depletion of the ozone layer, and resource depletion are real and their impact on human and animal lives can be devastating. It is an opportunity for people to adopt actions for sustainable living that can help them to reduce their carbon footprint or environmental impact by altering their lifestyle.
“Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of the Earth’s natural resources and personal resources. Practitioners of sustainable living often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption, and diet.
Proponents of sustainable living aim to conduct their lives in ways that are consistent with sustainability, in natural balance and respectful of humanity’s symbiotic relationship with the Earth’s natural ecology and cycles. The practice and general philosophy of ecological living is highly interrelated with the overall principles of sustainable development.”
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Minimalism doesn’t mean living without anything, it means that you are making sure that everything you own and use is put to its maximum purpose.
This means waste materials as well. With a minimalist lifestyle, you will recycle more, and be more mindful of the items you support being produced so that sustainability is emphasized.
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Change the lights in your house
By changing the lighting in your home from traditional light bulbs to CFL, using skylights and more natural light, you will reduce your demand for energy resources significantly. Using longer-lasting, energy-efficient light sources also substantially reduces the amount of waste going into landfills.
Start using natural cleaners
Take an hour or so to research some home-made options for natural cleaners. Vinegar and water can clean most surfaces, and the saponin from quinoa is a natural laundry detergent. By using natural cleaners you are reducing the amount of plastic packaging being made, and the number of chemicals that are being introduced to the water system.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Reduce your need to buy new products. If there is less waste, then there is less to recycle or reuse. Learning to reuse items, or repurpose them for different use then what they are intended for is essential in the waste hierarchy.
Stop unwanted mail
Save natural resources by opting out from billions of unwanted mailings and simplify your life. Various sites offer free service to opt-out of catalogs, coupons, credit card offers, phone books, circulars, and more. It helps you to reduce clutter, protect privacy, and save the environment.
Practice keeping a “zero energy balance” budget
A zero-energy balanced budget means that what you take in, you also return them. It is really the core of all sustainable living. If you practice keeping a budget that has a zero energy balance, you will be surprised how your habits of consuming will change and reduce your imprint on the world.
Buy products with less packaging
Whenever you go out for shopping, always buy products with less packaging. The excess packaging on the stuff goes in your dustbin, and from there, it goes to landfills in most cases. It not only further contaminate the environment but also poses serious health effects to humans and animals.
Ditch the plastic
Plastic never goes away. It takes millions of years for plastic to decompose. Plastic can be found swirling in the ocean’s surfaces. It badly affects marine life. Every year a large number of mammals, seals, sea birds are killed after ingesting plastic or getting tangled up in it.
Its time for all of us to switch to reusable bags when we shop and ditch one-time-use plastic water bottles.