So, have you heard it yet? Living sustainably is the new fad. But in all seriousness, it’s not a fad, or a trend, or a temporary craze, it’s a very real, lifechanging course of action which will not only make your life more fulfilling but also help save the planet in the long run. I’m so happy that the subject of sustainability is much more present these past few years, and saving water, recycling, DIY-ing, reducing plastic waste, green energy, and other related topics are reaching a wider audience and people are hopping on board.
We have formed many communities, here in Indiana, focused on helping you make your baby steps towards sustainability, and I’m writing this post based on what we counsel people when they first come to us. If this has been on your mind, but you weren’t sure how to start, you’ve come to the right place!
First, let’s back up a little – what is sustainable living? It is having a lifestyle where you’re practicing reduction on your demand on Earth’s natural resources, and instead, attempt to either use less of these resources or replace what you use, to the best of your abilities and circumstances. There are no strict guidelines, so don’t believe it when some people try to convince you that you’re not doing it right or not doing enough.
Ok, so, for starters, you have to remember the three Rs – reduce, reuse, and recycle. These are the three pillars of a sustainable lifestyle.
- Reduce – this means you’ll need to reduce everything that’s excess or that can be reused or recycled instead. For example, to save water, don’t leave the tap open while you’re washing your hair int he shower, or, to save electricity, don’t leave your small kitchen appliances plugged into the socket when you’re not actively using them. Or use manual appliances like mandoline slicers instead of electric alternatives.
- Reuse – this one’s pretty straightforward. Reuse anything that can be reused, like water bottles (buying a glass water bottle is a great option), canvas bags for shopping, a durable lunch box, or reusing old T-shirts as cleaning rags. You can get creative with this one!
- Recycle – materials that can be recycled include glass, cardboard, aluminum, lead batteries. Always make sure you dispose of the objects for recycling at the right places, not in the dumpster.
This is a good way to start your journey and be on the lookout for many more posts like this. Good luck!