Updated: Dec 9, 2020
Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s use of Earth’s resources. We have to be aware that human civilization uses a large sum of resources in order to sustain the modern way of life. Our society takes place in a consumerist and majorly urban existence of the developed world, which leads to a high consumption of natural resources at a high rate.
A sustainable lifestyle seeks to meet the needs of today without compromising the needs of our tomorrow. Environmental sustainability does not mean living without luxuries but rather being conscious of the resource consumption meanwhile attempting to reduce unnecessary waste. Here are some of my everyday sustainable methods (beyond recycling)!
AIR DRYING CLOTHES
Although we have a dryer machine, we air dry our clothes when possible. Air drying conserves energy and keeps the utility bill down! Statistics have shown that air drying clothes can reduce the average household’s carbon footprint by 2,400 pounds a year.
GIVING CONTAINERS MULTIPURPOSE
My household always reuses old containers and jars when appropriate. This not only reduces the amount of waste that needs to be recycled or sent to landfills, but it also lessens the need to harvest more raw material. It is especially important to reuse glass! Glass can be reused endlessly, but if glass ends up in a landfill, it will take at least a million years to decompose.
REDUCING LIGHT USAGE
I hate being in dark rooms, and I naturally prefer brighter areas of my household. Because I require a lot of light to see comfortably, I try to reduce my light usage by working outside during the day. It is especially soothing when the weather is cooperating.
My first ever food compost was in my elementary school classroom. I remember immediately wanting to try it at home after we learned about it in school! After the food compost the Green Team tried to conduct at our school, my house recently started composting for our plants. We use eggshells as we tend to have eggs all year around, and we include various of our fruit and vegetable waste.
Each member of my household has naturally grown accustomed to taking very short showers. In addition, as we wait for the water to heat up in our shower, we keep the excess water in a bucket and save it to water our plants!
GROWING OUR OWN FOOD
My grandma’s hobby is gardening! At the corner of our backyard, she has a plot of plants where she grows vegetables. Growing our own food reduces both carbon emissions and the use of pesticides and fertilizers.