Sustainable living is a lifestyle that seeks to minimise the use of the Earth’s natural resources and personal resources by an individual or society. Sustainable living practitioners also aim to reduce their carbon footprint by changing travel, energy usage and dietary practices. We are generating a lot of commodities at the moment (oil, gas, gold etc), consuming electricity and producing waste at a rate that is not currently sustainable. This leads to environmental concerns that cause damage to the ecosystem, animals and people, such as pollution and climate change. You can reduce your carbon footprint and help to solve these problems by making some minor improvements to your lifestyle.
For each and every person to share a vision that includes enjoying a safe and happy life within the equal use of the resources of the planet while allowing space for wilderness and wildlife, the ideals of sustainable living must be embraced by people. In other words, ways of life that encourage good health and well-being while minimising the degradation of the natural environment and biodiversity must be involved.
Sustainable living is based on four main pillars, namely the minimisation of waste, the restriction of the use of the natural resources of the Planet, the wise use of the environment and the quality of work/living environments. The following are the guiding ideas that can be used to make healthy and stable living a reality as an initiative.
Ways To Live A More Sustainable Lifestyle
Sustainable Water Usage
The requirement for the efficient use of water in farms, construction, and manufacturing is part of sustainable living principles. The principle emphasizes on the need to advance good water utilization practices by designing water management systems that can deal with issues such as flooding, water wastage, and protection of water sources from pollution or destruction. At home you can upgrade toilets and water tap faucets. Taking showers instead of baths, using water and energy efficient appliances and installing a water tank fill up the pool and water the garden.
Grow Your Own Food
Growing your own food at home is a fantastic way to be sustainable. When you grow your own fruits and veges you are more likely to use organic sourced growing aids, using less chemicals that can leak to waterways and reduces air pollution reducing the amount fossil fuels used for transportation to grocers and supermarkets. If you are unable to grow your own at home, look for a community garden you can contribute too (also a great way to meet other people in your community.
Most city councils will allow private residence to house a few chickens too, another awesome way to be more sustainable.
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Reduce Food Waste
Do not throw away if you have leftovers, instead, save them for your lunch or dinner the following day, or even freeze them. If they do go off, however, use them to produce compost for your garden. Composting is relatively easy and will be perfect for your vegetable garden.
Use Environmentally Safe Products
This could mean anything from laundry and washing detergents, soaps, cleaning products. Think about what is getting washed down our drains and into our waterways and oceans (think cleaning your car), potentially harming sea life and ocean fauna.
Recycle Re-Use and Donate
Putting your rubbish in the correct bins, make sure you’re recycling before binning them to minimise waste, aim to reuse goods and objects as many times as possible. Or donating to thrift shops or recycle center’s (most refuse and recycling center’s will allow you do drop reusable household items also, sofas, homewares etc). Avoid using single use items such as cleaning wipes. If you have young children, consider using reusable diapers or biodegradable nappies.
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Eco-Friendly Household Appliances
The house is full of appliances that use energy and/or water, so think about how you use them, and purchase the most energy and water, the most powerful model possible when you need to upgrade them. When purchasing eco-friendly appliances like air conditioning units, dishwashers and washing machines, there are many considerations, a few being their energy-efficiency star ranking, how much water they use the amount of raw materials and energy used to make them, whether or not they can be recycled and the total carbon footprint of the company.
Install a Solar Panel System
Photons from the sun’s rays knock electrons loose from atoms inside photovoltaic (solar) cells, which generates electricity. Each panel is made up of a number of solar cells that are connected together (typically 60 or 72). Each cell has a positive and negative layer that work together to form an electrical field that produces electricity. Solar Panels do not require much maintenance, however, during the dry season or long stretches of little rain where there is more dust in the air, it is important to keep up with Solar Panel Cleaning to ensure your solar system is working efficiently. It is usually recommended that you clean your solar panels two or four times a year.
Solar panels will save you money for the next 25 years or more if you use high-quality materials. Solar panels will save you more than $50,000 over the duration of their useful life. Our solar savings calculator will help you calculate your financial benefits.
In Australia, you can get a discount to assist with the expense of purchasing and installing solar panels. In most cases, the refund would save you about $3700 from the overall expense of the scheme.
If a commodity has been approved by Fairtrade, it means that a business dedicated to sustainable production has made it. On the packaging of goods you purchase, keep an eye out for the Fairtrade logo. Fairtrade also guarantees a minimum selling price, purchasing goods with the Fairtrade label offers more financial protection for cocoa, coffee, tea and other crops farmers, making them less vulnerable to poverty.
Utilization of Sustainable Transport
One of the overriding concepts of sustainable living is to encourage the use of low and zero-carbon transportation mechanisms and infrastructure. This involves the need to minimise travel and the adoption of green transport systems, such as electric trains and cars, and walking or cycling, as an alternative to high-emission vehicles.
Avoid the use of Fossil Fuels
Can we produce the energy needed to power the planet with 100 percent renewable energy if the world were to transition from fossil fuels? According to a new study by a German non-profit, LUT University in Finland and Energy Watch Organization, the response is yes. They would make up 88 percent of the overall energy supply together. In less than two decades we need to see 100 percent clean, secure and renewable energy means, rapidly ending the use of not only fossil fuels, but also natural gas and nuclear reactors.
A sure way to achieve enhanced fitness and better life balance is to live a healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle. The health benefits are due to little reliance on vehicles and by taking advantage of locally or organically grown produce, and high-quality food products. With little dependency on automobiles by manually biking, walking, and performing tasks will assist one to keep fit throughout. Since sustainable living promotes natural lighting and nature’s appreciation, it can also improve mental health and wellness and minimise depression. Good health is encouraged equally through the intake of quality and non-toxic food items.
By preserving the earth is the most significant justification for making a decision to live sustainably. For future generations, it means maintaining its prosperity and life, a happier and more prosperous world for our childrens children.
Using the energy of the sun, reducing your environmental footprint, using non-toxic materials and making good use of the resources of the earth will ensure that the atmosphere is safe and capable of serving both present and future generations.