Something most of all wants to start as soon as possible, but we probably don’t know how to. In this article, we will give you five tips on how to maintain a sustainable and green lifestyle.
Let’s imagine you heard about sustainability recently. You got interested in applying it to your lifestyle. Before starting a green and healthy life is essential that you educate yourself on the matter. Moreover, is imperative that you understand why are you taking this step. Entering a sustainable lifestyle should be like a starting a new relationship: you have to know a little bit about the person, be committed to being with him or her, and understanding there is a lot of new information you’re going to learn along the way. We recommend you these books: Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, Natural Capitalism: Creating the New Industrial Revolution, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland, and Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time.
Grow your food.
There are a lot of reasons why you should grow your food instead of buying in your local supermarket. First and foremost, by increasing your food supplies, you’re making sure none of your food is being sprayed with chemicals and insecticides that might cause damage to your health. Secondly, by having your food in your backyard, you’re not burning fuel that contributes to climate disaster. How is that? Because your food is not being transported through automobiles that use gasoline. And last, but not least, you will be saving a lot of money by growing your food since you will have a garden full of nutritious fruit and vegetables.
It’s all about labels.
Living a sustainable and green lifestyle does not mean you have to consume every product that claims to be super-sustainable. This lifestyle teaches you must learn and understand how to read labels. I highly recommend you the guide Decoding Food Labels made by the Tufts Office of Sustainability, and this is just a small reference to the many information you can find about correctly understanding food labels.
Engage in “green driving.”
It might sound odd that driving can be beneficial for the environment. Well, it is, but only if you’re doing “green driving.” This type of driving is all about understanding how can you burn the less fuel possible while driving your car. People who are living a sustainable lifestyle for years can recommend you these small tips: don’t drive over the speed limit, always turn off your car when you stop somewhere and start a carpool with friends and family members.
Forget about plastic.
Plastic is an enemy of sustainability and probably its biggest one. Why? Because it takes a lot of time to disappear altogether; because it damages the ocean by trapping and killing essential sea species, and because it attracts several harmful chemicals. This list goes on and on. To engage in a sustainable lifestyle you must completely forget about plastic, and if you’re using it, you have to recycle it.