Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity. ~ Ralph Bicknese
Sustainable living is a kind of lifestyle that has become the need of the hour! It aims to trim down one’s negative environmental impact, in ways that are sustainable both for the individual and the planet. There are endless ways to live sustainably. For instance; using of sustainable fabrics, eco-friendly products, reduced used of synthetic fibres, polythene bags, reducing your use of resources, composting, relying on clean energy sources, eating less animal products, buying local, and many more.
Why Is Sustainable Living Important?
Climate change has become a severe problem at the present times. It’s now more important than ever for people to do their part to reduce their environmental impact. If more and more people try and live a sustainable life, then we could collectively create major positive changes for the planet. Pollution could be reduced considerably. This is important, because 9% of all global deaths are caused by pollution. When we live a more sustainable life at home, it is better for the environment because it can limit the amount of greenhouse gas that is emitted into the air from our homes. So, the more people who live a sustainable life, the better it will be for the environment overall.
How Can Sustainable Living Stop Climate Change?
Sustainable living is all about dropping our individual environmental impacts, which is done when we utilize less resource and less fossil fuel. As more and more population start living more sustainably, the less fossil fuel they will burn. And since burning fossil fuels releases carbon into the atmosphere and causes the Earth’s temperature to rise, the less fossil fuel we burn the lesser carbon footprint we leave.
Principles of Sustainable Living
The use of sustainable materials: Sustainable materials refer to eco-friendly fabrics, healthy, efficient, and durable products. Examples include materials that are locally sourced, manufactured from waste or renewable resources, and those with low embodied energy.
Zero waste and zero carbon: According to this sustainable living principle, every little thing done should focus on reducing the waste to the landfills. Only buying and consuming the needed staff is essential. Priority should be given on quality and not quantity to achieve this goal. People also need to find the easiest ways of using efficient and renewable technology.
Creating own healthy environment: This involves indulging in active and meaningful life activities to promote good health and well being. Fun, healthy, and less stressful living can be achieved by fun activities such as biking, hiking, walking, sailing, and skiing.
Here are a few of the examples of sustainable living:
Using Sustainable Fabrics: It seems like hemp is everywhere at the moment. Marijuana’s ‘sober cousin’ is extremely versatile: it’s used as a food, a building material, in cosmetics, and it has been cultivated and used for hundreds of years as a fabric. The great thing about hemp is that it’s grown all around the world and it requires very little water, no pesticides, and naturally fertilises the soil it grows in – making it much better for the environment than other crops. One of the oldest fibres in the world, hemp helps keep you warm in winter and cool in summer, and gets softer the more you wash it. For all these reasons, we also consider hemp one of the most sustainable fabrics out there.
Stopping the use of plastics: Plastics are a growing threat to our environment and take billions of years to decompose. They contain harmful chemicals and are linked with the deaths of thousands of marine mammals, seabirds, sea turtles, and seals after ingesting the plastic or having been trapped in them.
Reducing the overall household energy: This can simply be done by turning off lights and appliances when not in use, installing energy-efficient appliances, use of a programmable thermostat that regulates the temperature, hang clothes to dry as an alternative to using the dryer, and replacing incandescent light bulbs with led bulbs.
Creative ways of reusing everything: There are a thousand and one incredible ways of reusing almost everything. Reusing plastic packaging, bottles, and cups for other purposes is just one example. For instance, instead of throwing away used plastic water bottles, you can extend it’s lifetime by using it as a water bottle. The same applies to common household products such as mugs, jugs, magazines, shoes, clothes, mats among others. Instead of throwing such items away, resale or donate to give them an extended lifespan.