Alright! Lets talk about taking the next step in being mindful on behalf of the environment, its inhabitants, and the earth we all share 🙂
Energy Conservation in your home
In my house we don’t pay a dime for the heating electric in our home over the winter. By purchasing a cord of seasoned fire wood, we can sufficiently heat our home on even those most bitter cold days.
Another opportunity to conserve energy in your home is to…. eat raw foods.
Rather than using lots of energy on your stove, experiment with the opportunity of being nourished by food that has not faced any phase of combustion ( which can deplete minerals and vitamins in the process)
Furthermore, you may find that switching the light bulbs in your house from incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs for less energy needed to provide light, but be aware that these CFL’s contain mercury and need to be disposed of properly. If possible operate out of natural day light instead and use natural forms of candle light in the evening, or less lighting at all.
Throw Away Your Television – Red Hot Chili Peppers
I don’t think much needs to be said in regards to why you should do this, but rather than throwing it away _ ( a key to sustainability is that there is no “away” and that we are sharing one earth) donate it or recycle it, or even repurpose it if you are feeling creative! You can take your tech gear to a best buy and they will either buy it or take it for you. Save your mind space to pursue your interests, not the self-interests of corporations…
Not buying anything brand new-
If you have a full wardrobe stop buying more clothes, they are often times to cheap to utilize for long periods of time anyway. In fact, the newer some items are the more likely the are to be of poor quality. Hit up your local thrift shops and get the items you need from there. You may find the winter coat or sugar bowl you are looking for are right down the street for pennies on the dollar. New items are generally poorly made and made miles away from our location therefore fuel transportation costs make purchasing new even more distasteful.
The need to conserve water now is more frightening than ever.
The most important step in water conservation is to absolutely not consume any plastic water bottles. The plastic water bottle industry is unsustainable, withdrawing water from nature and replacing these areas that were once fertile with water. Making these areas drought ridden and heavily polluted by the bottles themselves, as well as the toxins emitted from the processing factories.
Next time you renovate your garden dig it deeper and fill it with native plants. Plants have the ability to detoxify water, and they pull it into the ground in the way the water cycle works best! This reduces flooding in your yard and street, promotes cleaner drinking water, and looks beautiful 🙂
Get a rain barrel! (or cistern)
Start collecting your own water for the purpose of watering your plants with it, feeding your pets, having a pond, watering your lawn, using for your bath, filtering and boiling for cooking or even for for using in a humidifier in your home!
Have you heard of green roofs it can be expensive and difficult but if you have the funds check it out!
Permeable surfaces Another way to assist the earths natural water cycle. Permeable surfaces absorb water and filter it into our soil and underwater aquifers as opposed to taking the water down a concrete street, collecting pollutants, and going into our local rivers and streams and then our bodies! Permeable surfaces can be incorporated into your driveway, your businesses parking lot, or even walking paths!
Buying Locally/ Having a garden
Purchasing produce locally is a practice that benefits multiple parties. Purchasing locally assists the humanitarian effort of supporting our local community and farmers as opposed to handing money to the grossly ultra wealthy. Shipping from country to country and even across the nation requires so much fuel and energy it cause pollution and supports corporations us as sustainability lovers despise; instead local products reduce CO2 and other harmful emissions from shipping planes, boats, trains, and trucks!
Big business is hurting local markets, therefore purchasing with the members of your community not only benefits their lives, but also your health and the environment. As our biodiversity diminishes it is vitally important that our freedom in agriculture remains. When we spend time to grow organically and on our own properties we are actively sustaining a species of plant life that may have been endangered otherwise. Being mindful of what crops grow in what season is essential in order to have a successful harvest, but will also mutually benefit the earth that you are planting on. Plants detoxify water, hold sold together, and provide nutrition for those who yield the result of their labor. Over all, supporting a local farmers market, or growing yourself is not only something I would recommend for the environmentally conscious, but instead any and all people capable of doing so.
Zero Waste Life-Style
This life-style is a tad newer on the market to people who are not in tune with the progress with sustainable practices. A zero waste style is a challenge and an opportunity for growth where individuals are mindful about what they consume in a valiant effort to significantly reduce the amount of waste they produce. An example would be swapping store-bought toiletries and soaps for natural items that can be found, grown, or purchased with compostable or recyclable packaging. I might brush my teeth with baking soda and a drop of peppermint essential oil opposed to purchasing a tube of chemicals from the grocer down the street.
There is a movement amongst the people to live a more simplistic lifestyle. Not only is reducing clutter good for the health of the mind and body, but its good for the environment too! In today’s society it can be very easy to get caught up in the consumerism that is valued and popularly practiced amongst our peers. Minimalists see the benefits of consuming fewer items, ranging from waste reduction post-consumption, waste reduction of resources used for production energy and fuel savings from transportation.
People who are striving to start a home-stead… I encourage you to get started wherever you are. Take your time and as your life progresses you can develop your homestead to be as you wish. For those of you unsure as to what a homestead is, it is the lifestyle in which people are self-sustaining, growing their own garden, keeping chicken or cattle, and often times collecting water for them-selves as well.
Be more mindful about electronics
Whether it be every conservation and removing your device from the charger, and the charger for the outlet, or being careful to bring useless devices to the proper recycling centers. There are stores like best buy and others that would take your item to refurbish and sell. You could also try selling it online.
There are so many more unique ways to live more sustainably and make a difference in our environment, but if you can get started or inspired here I am happy to have led you to that place.
If you would like to reach out with ideas, comments, or suggestions feel free to Reach Out!