Maybe you are wondering What exactly does it mean, "sustainable living" ?. The term sustainable living is a broad term that encompasses any number of lifestyle choices and changes that will absolutely lead to reducing the permanent and / or negative impact society has on the world's environment and delicate ecosystem.
Below are 12 ways that we can reduce our "carbon footprint" …
1) Conserving water in the home
2) Using energy-efficient lighting and heating
3) Practicing recycling at home
4) Making sure that we buy only energy-efficient appliances
5) When decorating, make sure we use non-toxic paint
6) Using non-toxic home cleaning products
7) By using natural insect and pest control
8) Only using non-toxic flea control on our pets
9) Getting our electricity by installing solar panels on our roofs, or wind turbines in our backyards
10) By composting
11) Installing double glazing for your windows
12) Buying locally grown organic produce, or growing your own
The latest scientific research now shows evidence paints a bleak picture. Carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere are now at levels much higher than they have been in over a million years and unfortunately they are predicted to keep going up. The generally accepted theory that this is caused by man, we can all agree that everyone needs to work together to help to decrease these carbon dioxide emissions.
One of the most important core aspects of sustainable living is the idea of harnessing 'green' energy. While the concepts of solar and wind energy have been around for decades, only in the last 5 to 10 years has it started to become a more popular. Today, you can find many homes with solar panels installed on the roofs or wind turbines in backyards and both of these energy sources are central to an energy efficient lifestyle.
Taking small steps like the 12 suggested above can achieve sustainable living that can have long lasting and positive results for years to come. Sustainable living is probably a choice now, but down the road, the need to reserve natural resources and the planet itself will require more and more effort and sometimes a higher cost. Better to be at the lead of sustainable living today.