Living sustainably is an incredible way to develop and sustain peace, happiness and abundance in your life.
It is critical to clearly understand the concept of sustainable living and apply the tips, techniques and strategies that may be best suited to you.
Generally the aim of sustainable living is to conduct your lifestyle and develop habits that are in favor of the environment and in balance with the Earth’s natural ecology.
On a more spiritual level, sustainable living is a feeling of oneness and interconnectedness with everything and everyone. Sustainable living is a way of being, acting with integrity and living consciously with an abundance of appreciation and respect for our beautiful planet.
People who practice sustainable living often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by choosing different types of transportation, energy consumption, eating habits (foods), and products that are eco-friendlier.
Sustainable living is a simplification of your lifestyle, resulting in a greater amount of freedom, joy and gratitude for what you already have.
In addition, sustainable living requires you to be more conscious of your actions and more aware about your lifestyle decisions. Moreover, it often requires taking small steps and changing things incrementally.
So how does one get started on the path to sustainable living? It’s very easy but often we forget or overlook simple ways to make a difference.
Here are 10 eco-friendly tips and simple ways to take in and experience sustainable living:
Say No to Junk Mail
Contact the distributing company or marketing association to have your name removed from their mailing list. You can also attach a “No Junk Mail” sign to your mailbox.
You will help to lower the thousands of trees cut down each year to create the junk mail that is sent to your home. As a side benefit, you will save yourself time because you will no longer have to sort out junk mail.
Receive and Pay Your Bills Electronically
Just about everything from your phone bill to your credit card statement can be viewed online and often these companies will discount you a few dollars for going paperless. Ask your service providers about it and set it up to reduce paper production.
Turn Off Your Electronics When Not in Use
Did you know a computer left on for 24 hours can use a lot of electricity–up to 1000 kilowatts! Even when your TV or computer is turned off, it is still using power. Either unplug all your electronic devices or use a power strip and flip off the switch when you’re done. Alternatively, smart power strips now exist that can cut power when electronics are not in use.
Use Less Disposable Items
Use your travel mug when buying coffee. Keep your water bottle handy. Buy more of your food from the bulk bin and reuse your own eco-friendly bags or containers to reduce the number of packaged products purchased.
A few stores even sell items such as laundry detergent, soap, and other household cleaning products in bulk and often offer a discount. Make sure not to forget your reusable shopping bags.
Take Quicker Showers
Try lowering your shower time by five minutes, or better yet, take a five-minute shower. Did you know that just cutting two minutes from your shower time can save ten gallons of water?
Collect and Save Water
Rainwater barrels can be used to collect rainwater that you can use to water your lawn, flower beds and gardens.
Additionally, you can use a bucket to collect the cold water from your shower while you’re waiting for the water heater to distribute hot water. Use this water for your houseplants.
Upgrade Your Lighting
Replace your incandescent light bulbs with LEDs and use 80 percent less energy. Also, LED bulbs last 20 times longer than incandescent light bulbs, which means less waste and having to change your light bulbs much less often.
Don’t forget to turn off lights when not in use. Motion-sensing lights can save on energy use and add the convenience of not having to worry about switching lights on and off.
Reuse Your Clothes
What you wear each day can often be worn for more than one day. Denim, for example, can be worn multiple times between washes.
Not only will you save water and detergent, but also the time it takes to do that extra load of laundry.
Recycle Whenever and Whatever You Can
Check with your city to find out everything that you can recycle. We suggest you visit your local recycling depot to see exactly what and how to recycle.
Walk or Bike Whenever You Have A Chance
You can also take the bus or carpool if one of these is not convenient. Walking or cycling lowers the amount of automobile exhaust emitted into the environment, reducing carbon emissions immensely. In addition to having less of an impact on the planet, you can make it part of your exercise program, resulting in a more fit and healthy lifestyle.
As we move forward into this new millennium, we are shifting into higher consciousness. We are shifting toward more renewable energy, sustainable travel and business, eco-friendly products, green technology and sustainable designs which will improve the way we live while preserving our planet.