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Let’s face it – times are definitely getting tough! It is super important that we find ways to be more self-sustaining with all that is going on in the world today. Let’s get wise with our resources today so we can ensure we have abundance in the future.
Here are 10 ways you can be more sustainable and reduce your carbon footprint.
- Eliminate anything disposable.
Admittedly, it is easy to fall into the convenience trap. Living busy lives leaves little time to consider the impact our choices have on the environment. The landfills are overflowing with waste and trash! Not to mention all the nasty toxins leaking from those landfills from all of the years of improperly disposed trash. Too many water bottles, bags, razors, and plastic items! Before making your next purchase consider it’s life expectancy. Can it be used multiple times? How long will it last? Is is just a ‘use it once and trash it’ type of product or can it be re-purposed? Try investing in reusable products for any items you most often throw in the trash.
- Speaking of trash…recycle.
Think about the generations to come! How will the earth be for your great great grandchildren? Recycle as much as possible! Put plastics, paper, batteries, or electronics in appropriate recycle bins. Most communities now offer recycle options. Even local stores have recycle facilities onsite. To me, the most difficult thing to dispose of is electronics. It’s become downright expensive to discard old electronic TVs and stereos. Goodwill Industries International is a source that accepts electronics for recycle. If that doesn’t work, Google electronic recycle companies in your area.
- Next up..resell or re-purpose.
This is a BOOMING industry! Thrift shops like Goodwill and Salvation Army are in almost every community now. And, websites like eBay, Poshmark and Mercari are growing by leaps and bounds! I even started my own online sore six months ago when I realized something I may no longer need may actually help someone else (click here ). If you aren’t the selling type, consider dropping off items you no longer use to your local thrift shop. I guarantee the old saying is true. One man’s trash IS another man’s treasure!
- Support your local farmer.
A lot of big box grocery stores source their food from out of the country which uses a ton of fossil fuel. Whenever possible, buy from your local farming community. Perhaps a little planning ahead may help. When a fruit or vegetable is in season, can or freeze it so you have it when it is no longer available.
- Plant seeds and grow your own garden.
To some, gardening is relaxing and fun. To others, it’s way too much work. A lot of land is not needed to grow your own herbs or vegetables. Herbs can be grown in a pot on the window sill. Or, picking a spot in the yard is great for planting a few of your staple type of vegetables or fruits. And, it can be a family activity! Kids can learn firsthand where their food comes from.
- Commit to using reusable items.
It wasn’t too long ago I started noticing people bringing in their own bags to the grocery stores. More and more people have committed to living a sustainable life and bring their own reusable bags. Just warms my heart to see that!
- Save water as much as you possibly can.
It is way too easy to take for granted we have running water to wash, bathe, and cook with. Next time you brush your teeth shut the water off while brushing. Ensure there are no leaks in the house (this can also contribute to toxic mold growth). And, if you want to take it even farther – research ways to collect rain water. How cool would it be to wash your car or water your plants with water you’ve collected!!!
- Drink from the tap.
Okay – I know. Many people live in areas that have bad tasting hard tap water. The way I’ve been able to eliminate plastic water bottles in my home is by purchasing a Zero Water filter container. It ensures we drink pure filtered water minus the plastic bottles.
- Limit your car travel.
Depending on where you live, get creative with your transportation. If you have public transportation available, consider that option. For those in more rural areas, plan your trips. Make several stops into town when shopping or running errands. Or, carpool. Hey, if your destination isn’t too far…take a walk!
- Last but certainty not least, reduce household energy use.
Here are a few simple ways you can reduce your household energy use.
- Swap out your incandescent bulbs with LEDs or compact fluorescent bulbs. The LEDs may be a little more expensive initially but will last longer and save energy.
- Shut off or unplug any electronic appliances or lights you are not using. Some electronics (like computers and TVs) pull electricity even when they aren’t even turned on!
- Purchase a programmable thermostat. This can help with automatically lowering the temperature during the day when no one is home.
- Go old school by hanging your clothes outside to dry instead of using the clothes dryer. My allergies sometimes get the best of me so I admit I’m not really able to do this. However, I do take some of my clothes and hang them up to air dry inside. Coincidently, it can make your clothes last longer!
As you can see, there are so many ways we can ALL contribute to sustainability! Even if you have to take baby steps and just do a few of these suggestions, it all adds up and will help to reduce our carbon footprint making the world a much better place to live!
Until next time!