Most people have heard of the phrase `sustainable living' and some have embraced it. Some have even gone to the extent of starting companies that calls and somehow compels people to get voyage of sustainable living. Probably in years to come ever one will be living a sustainable living. So for one to fully support and live a sustainable life, one has to first absolutely understand all the facet of such a life. In simple terms, sustainable living involves cutting down on the use of natural resources and other personal resources with the aim of reducing carbon footprint. Proponents of such a life practice this by altering and coming up with new methods of energy consumption, transport, and diets that balance natural ecology, cycles. It is simply a symbiotic relationship between the human and natural resource.
One may be wondering why the call to embrace it? One of the main reasons is that it is the most effective strategy of reducing some environment and irrevocable problem caused by extravagant human lifestyle especial in such a time when the middle-class community demography is on the rise. Some of the environmental problems that are caused by extravagant lifestyles include global warming, depletion of ozone layer and climate change which can have devastating effects on human beings and animals. It's time you adopt a sustainable lifestyle so that you can reduce your carbon footprint.
Here are five simple ways to help you adapt a sustainable way of life:
1. Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy saving bulbs
Incandescent light bulbs consume a lot of energy in most homes; the first step towards achieving a sustainable lifestyle is to replace incandescent light bulbs with energy saving bulbs such as skylights and Compact Fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). Not only does using energy saving bulbs significantly reduce your energy consumption, but it also reduces the amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfills.
2. Adopt a water conservation strategy
Unfortunately, most people have a habit of misusing water instead of using it conservatively. One of the best ways of living a sustainable lifestyle is recycling water when you are done cleaning household items such as utensils, carpets, etc. Provided the water doesn't contain toxic chemicals, you can use it to water the plants in your garden or even wash your car instead of draining it in the sewage.
3. Recycle polythene bags and plastics
Plastics and polythene bags constitute the highest percentage of materials that end up in landfills. These plastics are also likely to end up polluting water sources thus endangering marine life and human health if the plastics had toxic chemicals. The key to living a sustainable lifestyle is to ensure that you recycle plastic containers that are used to pack nontoxic products and use reusable bags such as bamboo instead of disposable bags. Consider using your own baskets or reusable bags when grocery shopping.
4. Walk or cycle to local destinations
Although automobiles have made life easier for us, they cause high carbon emissions which lead to adverse climatic conditions. Unfortunately, most people use their vehicles to commute to places that are within walking or cycling distance which is wasteful living. Walking or cycling to local destinations will not only reduce carbon emissions, but it will also ensure that your stay healthy.
5. Start using renewable energy
One of the main reasons why there has been massive climatic change is due to the use of nonrenewable energy in our homes. We all have a role to play in creating an eco-friendly environment by adopting the use of renewables in our homes such as, installing solar panels for water heating and using sawdust or gas instead of firewood.
6. Shop at your local market
One of many ways to live sustainably is to shop at your local market. When you shop at your local market, you’re supporting your community. Shopping locally means no importation needs to happen. Products that are imported consume huge amounts of fossil fuel energy to get from those global locations to your supermarket. Plus buying locally means it's the freshest that it can get, yummm!
Above are just some of the ways we can help save the earth. There are endless ways to live sustainably. Sustainable living is the most effective strategy to reduce the environmental pollution. So let`s all embrace it and save the earth.