Once you start, you discover more and more ways to live sustainably, but you need to start somewhere, right? Here are a few simple ways to start.
Buy quality products. When you buy quality, it lasts longer, it looks better, there is less waste, and you have a greater appreciation for it.
Buy local produce. Learn to become aware of where your fresh produce is grown. When you start to buy local you’ll notice your food lasts longer, because it hasn’t spent days in packaging and transportation.
Plant some seedlings. You may not have a lot of space right now, so buy a couple of planters and experiment. Some seedlings, which are easy to grow and nurture, include basil, tomatoes, peppermint and lettuce, or spinach.
Watch your power consumption. Hang your clothes, rather than using the clothes dryer. Wash your dishes in the sink. Watch less TV.
Many people, when they start thinking about sustainability, their objection is that it is so much more expensive to live this way. All of these options we have provided above are proof it doesn’t have to be more expensive. And in the long run, when we make choices that sustain a healthier home, preserve the planet for our children and their children, is it really more expensive?
When you buy quality, you buy less, because it lasts longer. When you buy local you nurture your body with food that has a greater vital force, and therefore sustains you with more energy. When you grow your own vegetables you buy less from the supermarket. When you watch your power consumption your electricity bill decreases!
Living sustainably means living with awareness of your impact on the world – economically, socially and environmentally. To start, you may have to make some changes, but they don’t have to be big. Start small and you’ll quickly discover how easy it is!