Sustainable living or eco-living is a concept that has been the talk of the town for the past couple of years. Experts suggest that having ecological sustainability is one way to address the effects of the global threat that is climate change.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change stated that climate change is “attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and that is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods.”
Lately, the impact of climate change has been experienced through extreme weather events, from frequent storms and rise of water levels to warmer earth causing intense droughts. As climate change continue to worsen, steps must now be taken to mitigate its effects.
The Regenerative Leadership Institute defines sustainable living at its most basic as “living a lifestyle that uses a few resources as possible and causes the least amount of environmental damage for future generations to deal with.”
As sustainable living has long-term effects to the community, it is a trend one would not wish to fade. Though the first step may seem the hardest, it would feel lighter for anyone when it starts at home. Here are simple ways to start an eco-friendly home:
Invest on plants
Having greenery in the surroundings improves the environment, as well as personal health. Aside from providing a sense of relaxation, when a plant or a tree is around, air quality can be improved. As explained in science classes, plants help reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere during photosynthesis, as they take the gas in and store the carbon in their body, then producing oxygen. Maintaining plants could be made easy through composting, more of this in the next bullet.
Compost is organic material that may be added to enrich the soil and retain its moisture when growing plants. It is estimated that kitchen and garden wastes make up a third of a household’s garbage. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), making compost keeps food scraps and yard waste out of landfills where they take up space and release greenhouse gas. Aside from that, having compost reduces the need for chemical fertilizers.
Think before shopping
Buy only what is needed, a basic saving tip everyone has already heard. It is better to focus on durable essentials so that things do not go to waste. Do research and consider purchasing of energy-efficient items and organic products as it supports better ecological practices. It is also encouraged to use reusable bags instead of disposable ones.
Clear clutter regularly
Always clean up. Items no longer needed such as appliances, clothes and toys should be disposed. Either throw things away responsibly and send them to junk shops or have a garage sale for the things that could still be useful to others. Another option is to donate them to charity, keeping them out of the waste stream.
Practice recycling and Do-It-Yourself
Have the drive to recycle. Plastic bottles and newspapers collected at home may be repurposed as other useful items. Comb through all the rooms in the house as the act of repurposing also works for other items, all it takes is creativity.
If you think that the benefits of having an eco-friendly space are limited to its dwellers, think again. It is high time to contribute simple acts to a collective effort in creating sustainable lifestyles. The little things, when put together, could make a big difference in our environment.
Have a home that does not only bring warmth to the hearts, but sends forth just the right amount to the environment as well. Because Mother Earth looks forward to being enjoyed by future generations.