The world is filled with too much noise and clutter. We watch the news only to be consumed with negative energy – countries are at war with each other, there is higher suicide rate, and the economy is bad. Everything spirals towards worse situation and it seems that we can never catch a break.
With the world’s current chaotic space, people are more eager to find peace and happiness. And no, shopping doesn’t seem to help! That is why millennials are taking interest in investing on sustainable living.
What is Sustainable Living?
Many people have heard of it, talked about it, while others are already living it.
Sustainable living is a lifestyle choice where people live only by their means. They try to minimize carbon footprint and to use the Earth’s natural resources as lightly as possible. Sustainable livers want to do lesser damage to the environment so that future generations can still enjoy it.
They try to reduce their carbon footprint through their means of transport, energy consumption, and even their diets. If we continue to use the natural resources at the current rate, a future generation might not have enough resources left to sustain life on earth. That is why these people are taking the first step to a better living for both the present and the future generations.
Essential Steps for Living Sustainably
- Simplifying: The world is full of temptations and false promises, which is why we buy things we see on the ad. It is not wrong to buy things, but we have to make sure that these things can add value into our lives. Simplifying all the clutter, mess, and the noise in all aspects of our lives is an essential step to live life more sustainable.
- Take a Full Inventory. We have to take note of all the expenses that range from clothes we buy to our means of transportation. We can see better on how much we spend on the nonsensical things by writing it all down.
- Make a Lifelong Commitment. Living a sustainable life is not just a trend that can come and go. Having a commitment to make things better and to make the world a better place can actually mobilize the change we wanted. It may be hard at the first time, but it gets easier as our satisfaction with our new lifestyle grows.
How to Live Sustainably
We have to follow the essential steps and incorporate it in our daily lives, in every aspect as much as possible. There are five areas where sustainable livers are changing their lifestyle.
Those who choose to live a sustainable lifestyle will often rely on renewable energy sources- those that do not harm the environment, as a source of power. This can include water, solar, wind or geothermal energy. If having a new source of energy is quite difficult, then cutting electric consumption is the best way to go. Choosing more energy-efficient light bulbs may be a small step but it can have an impact if we choose to stay committed to it.
Sustainable Food Choices
Making sustainable food choices includes choosing organic and locally grown food. Eating less meat can also lessen the carbon imprint we leave here on earth. Some also opt on growing their own fruits and vegetables or raising backyard chickens. Urban farming is also an option to those people who want to live sustainably but are living in metropolitan cities.
The automobile industry is not at all feasible to sustainable living, with carbon emissions and high energy prices contributing to our climate’s warming. Walking or riding a bicycle is more efficient and it can also do well for our health. We can also choose small, fuel-efficient or hybrid cars instead of the gas-guzzling cars.
Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle
Empty containers and canisters can be reused in so many ways, so think twice before throwing it away. Choosing electronic books or magazines can help in reducing one’s paper consumption. Recycle materials that can be recycled like plastics, tin cans, and metals. The waste we produce each year is quite alarming and that is why we have to be more cautious about it.