We are living in challenging times when the human impact on the environment is glaringly surfacing and is continuing to alter the face of the planet. It is not yet late to turn the tables by embracing sustainable living. So have you decided to practice sustainable living but don’t quite know where to start, then here are simple and easy ways to do it.
- Minimalism approach
Consumerism has made us live life with lot more things than is necessary and so going back to basics is really important to live minimalistic life. This doesn’t mean that you have to live without comfort. It is just that you have to make sure that you are using everything you have to its maximum use. This approach helps you to live on the motto of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Minimalism approach helps you to make wise choices while buying things. Just ask yourself few questions before buying anything; like how much you need a particular thing and how often do you use it. Is it really something you can’t do without? It makes you give a deeper thought on your needs and wants and thereby enable you to eliminate the want for any unnecessary items that you don’t really need.
- Live in a right sized house
We are used to living in big houses that are much bigger than we actually need. One of the best ways to live sustainably is by living in tiny houses. In fact, tiny house living movement is one of the biggest movements of this modern era as more and more people are adopting this lifestyle. Tiny homes consume less energy and cuts down on the cost of lighting, furniture and other home décor items. These homes are more cozy and accommodative and are sufficient to live in for the nuclear families.
- Build tiny house with green building techniques
It is easy to build tiny houses with environment friendly items. Promote the use of solar energy by installing solar panels at your home or make use of windmills to power your house. These natural resources can be used without causing any harm to the environment. Build your home in materials like bricks, stones, or even the latest recycled plastic materials rather than wood. Hence, saving the valuable green patch of forests on the earth.
- Carpooling or ride a bike
It is time to reduce our carbon footprint on earth. Using one car per person is proving to be detrimental for the environment as it increases the pollution and it also wastes natural resources like petroleum, diesel and natural gas. If your office is nearby it is wise to ride a bike. It is not just good for environment but also for your good health. Carpooling is the best option that allows you to socialize with the people residing in your neighborhood while you save on the precious natural resources and reduce pollution at the same time.
- Grow your own vegetables
Urban farming is an upcoming concept that promotes growing of green vegetables in small quantity in your very own home backyard. It allows the people to grow and consume vegetables, and herbs that are grown at home in organic and natural way without harming the environment and land. For people living in apartments, it is best to grow the useful plants on the terrace. It is all about using the available space to the optimum. Remember minimalism approach…right!
- Try living a zero waste lifestyle
Quit using one-time-use plastic cutlery items like spoons, forks, knifes, disposable cups etc. Reuse the plastic bottles and avoid buying new plastic ones instead buy reusable bottles. Practice BYOJ meaning Bring Your Own Jars/Coffee Cups etc. Quit using plastic straws; replace them with washable and reusable straws. Use handkerchiefs instead of paper napkins. Make use of natural cleaners instead of using the cleaners with lots of chemicals. All the cleaners are loaded with lots of chemicals and its residue pollute to the land and air.
Hope this helps you in beginning with sustainable living! Happy living to you!