Many of us dream of a more sustainable future, but that doesn’t mean that we’re each doing our part to make sure that it actually happens. Some aspects of it do take some effort, but anything is possible with a little commitment. Here are some of the key elements of sustainable living.
Making Changes in Your Current Home
There are probably homes out there that are lot more environmentally friendly than yours, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be able to move any time soon. Or perhaps you live in an apartment and don’t have the option to make certain changes to the way you live. But there are always small changes to be made.
For example, switching to compact fluorescent lightbulbs from the traditional incandescent ones can be a good move. Initially they are more expensive, but in the long run they will save energy and they also last longer than the other light bulbs anyway.
Switching to more efficient shower heads can save a lot of wasted water, and even washing with cold water over hot water whenever possible can save a lot of energy. Sometimes it’s the little changes that can add up to make big changes over time.
Be sure to unplug your appliances even when they are in standby mode, since they continue to use power even when you are not using them.
Switch Up Your Diet
Know that you don’t have to suffer from bad tasting food when you switch to more sustainable food options. The key elements are buying food in bulk to cut down on packaging, buying local to put business in small farms as opposed to big business, and avoiding meat when possible since it requires huge amounts of energy to produce, and it’s not always that great for your anyway.
If you have space in your yard you might even consider growing some of your own vegetables or at least herbs for cooking. Tomatoes for example are easy to grow in small spaces and delicious to eat.
Stay Green With Your Products
Stick with green and natural household cleaning products when you can. Many cleaning products are made with harsh chemicals that are bad for the environment and dangerous for you, but the green alternatives can work just as effectively. Baking soda, white vinegar, borax, and lemon are all ingredients to look for or you can mix up your own solutions that have major cleaning power. They also come cheap, by the way.
Anytime you have the option to create less waste, that’s great. Compost when you can, and recycle anything possible. Reusable water bottles are good for you and also good for the environment. Get in the habit of taking reusable shopping bags to the grocery store and you can cut down on waste and never experience a breaking grocery bag again.