Sustainability has been a hot topic lately and not because it’s a brand-new idea. It’s hardly new but it is gaining recognition because it is becoming abundantly clear that living sustainable lives isn’t just something we “should” do for the environment. It’s something we MUST do to preserve our quality of life now but also for the generations to follow us. With so many positive changes we can make in the world, starting at home is one of the most important things we can do.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
This mantra has been around for decades but its longevity is proof of it’s truth.
If we are talking about reducing waste (the most vital here) there are plenty of small ways you can implement this in your home. Cloth towels and diapers are a great way forward for any Mums out there wanting to switch from the disposable version. Using reusable food wrapping as opposed to plastic wrap and swapping out the disposable rubbish bags for recyclable ones, is an easy change you can make in your home. Opting to drink filtered water rather than bottled water if you’re not a fan of the tap water, is a great way to reduce waste also.
Reusing items is also important and there’s so many different ways this can be done! It may even be an old tyre you need replaced on your car- you can reuse this as an affordable planter for a raised garden!
Recycling is still beneficial but it’s best to just reduce waste where we can! Of course this isn’t always possible, so it’s a much better alternative to just sending waste to the landfill.
Make Wise Purchasing Decisions.
The products we buy and choose to use, can contribute or detract from a sustainable lifestyle. Purchasing something that is a bit more expensive but made under conditions that are sustainable from not only an environmental but a social standpoint is often a better choice and it’s likely more economical than you realize, since the goods generally last longer.
Grow Your Own Food.
Another great way to contribute to your local ecosystem but also to become more self-sustainable, is to begin growing some of your own food. This may be a little herb garden, a few tomato plants, a few fruit trees. Starting your own compost pile is a great way to reduce, reuse and recycle also! There are so many small yet important ways in which you can improve your own health and life while contributing to a more sustainable world.
Sustainability and Family Life.
Teaching our children about sustainability is about more than nagging them to turn off the lights or about preaching to them about water being wasted by taking long showers. Don’t just tell your children that making a garden is important, make one! More importantly, involve them. Talk to them about why they should turn off lights when they leave a room. Visit your local farmers market and encourage your children to ask questions of those who produce locally grown foods. This way they can also develop a better understanding of the humane treatment of animals and organic growing practices. Your interest in these things will plant a seed and give your child the change to develop his/her curiosity about the natural world and how we can work together to live in harmony with it.
“The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.”