Sustainable Living Goes A Long Way

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Green livingWhere environmental concerns are paramount‭, ‬people often wonder‭ ‬how to live‭ ‬in an eco-friendly sustainable manner‭. ‬Sustainable living has a myriad of facets‭ ‬and can be done on a grand or small scale‭. ‬Permaculture‭, ‬green home renovations‭ (‬solar panels‭, ‬tank less‭ ‬water heaters‭, ‬low-flow faucets‭), ‬and hybrid/electric vehicles‭ ‬are major sustainable efforts‭.  ‬

However‭, ‬little steps are just as effective and are a great‭ ‬way to develop permanent earth-friendly‭ ‬habits‭.‬‭ ‬Recycling and‭ ‬reducing your electricity usage are painless ways to begin your sustainable journey‭. ‬In the‭ ‬long run‭, ‬living sustainably saves you money‭, ‬reduces your reliance on the corporate machine‭, ‬and supports a simpler way of life‭. ‬

1‭.‬    Give up‭ ‬Plastic‭.‬‭  ‬Plastic is one of the most detrimental materials made‭, ‬maybe ever‭. ‬Scientists have‭ ‬estimated that‭,‬‭ ‬at‭ ‬minimum‭,‬‭ ‬it takes 500‭ ‬years for this material to decompose‭. ‬Use reusable bags for‭ ‬groceries‭; ‬invest in a good‭ ‬water filter to avoid having to buy plastic water bottles‭;‬‭ ‬use mason jars or better yet reuse‭ ‬the glass containers from store bought items like jelly‭, ‬salsa‭, ‬and sauces‭.  ‬

2‭.‬    Grow your own food‭.  ‬Living in‭ ‬the city is no longer a reason not‭ ‬to have some fresh food on hand‭. ‬Lot‭ ‬gardens‭, ‬rooftop gardens‭, ‬container gardens‭, ‬even small‭ ‬windowsill‭ ‬herb gardens are an option for anyone‭ ‬who‭ ‬wants to have fresh veggies‭, ‬herbs‭, ‬and‭ ‬fruit on hand‭. ‬
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3‭.‬    Eat Local and Eat Organic‭.‬‭ ‬‭ ‬Try to purchase a bulk of your food at local farmers markets‭. ‬The carbon footprint of imported food is high‭, ‬which in turn leads to costly food bills‭. ‬Eating conventional food supports the GMO industry as well as‭ ‬industries‭ ‬that use toxic chemicals that contaminate the food‭, ‬air‭, ‬water and soil‭.  ‬Supporting local organic farmers is a‭ ‬great way to both lower your food bill and support your local economy‭. ‬

4‭.‬    Ditch Household Toxins‭.  ‬Dangerous chemicals and other contaminants permeate our everyday life in a major way‭. ‬They are in our food‭, ‬furniture‭, ‬body products‭, ‬cleaning products‭, ‬water‭,‬‭ ‬and‭ ‬in certain instances‭,‬‭ ‬our clothes‭. ‬Next time you run out of your household cleaner‭, ‬toothpaste‭, ‬dish detergent‭,‬‭ ‬etc‭., ‬replace them‭ ‬with‭ ‬natural and organic versions that are free‭ ‬of‭ ‬petrochemicals‭, ‬phthalates‭, ‬sulfates‭, ‬parabens‭, ‬and‭ ‬other cancer causing agents‭.  ‬

Living sustainably not only benefits you and your family‭, ‬but it is a great way to participate in the global effort to reverse‭ ‬the damage that has been done to Earth‭. ‬It’s time to acknowledge our co-dependency and‭ ‬make a collective step towards‭ ‬changing the way we interact with each other and the environment‭.‬