Living an environmentally friendly lifestyle has now become popular. So much so that the developers of a popular video game, Sims 4, have released an expansion pack called “Eco Lifestyle”. This addition to the game allows players to build their own simulated eco dream home.
While it is encouraging that even our entertainment is now reflecting the demand to be more environmentally conscious, most of us want to know what we can do in the real world to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Focusing on what we can change about our basic human needs such as, clothing, food, water, transportation, and housing is a great place to start.
Take a note from the past. In earlier times, people made their clothing go a lot further. A piece of clothing wasn’t just thrown out at the first sign of wear or tear. People mended their garments. If their clothing was no longer wearable, they repurposed them as quilts, aprons, and finally rags for cleaning.
Here are a few small ways to be more intentional about clothing:
- Natural fabrics
- Mending and repairing older clothes
- Purchasing second hand
Eating from sustainable food sources sounds good, but what does that mean? An article from the Harvard School of Public Health discusses what sustainability has to do with food. Essentially, the article explains that sustainability means eating in such a way that our needs are fulfilled now, but our society’s food supply is also protected for the future.
Some simple tips for eating sustainably are:
- Purchasing food grown without pesticides
- Choosing locally grown produce to minimize pollution during transport
- Using reusable containers and dishes
- Limiting food waste by planning ahead
Water is the most basic of human needs, and we sometimes take it for granted. By paying more attention to water consumption, we can make great strides to protect the environment.
Tips to save water:
- Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing your teeth
- Have shorter showers (showers use less water than baths)
- Don’t run a half-empty dishwasher or washing machine
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), transportation causes 28% of US greenhouse gas emissions. If you live in a rural area, it is difficult to get around without a car. One way to live more intentionally is to consider each time you use transportation, which is the most environmentally-friendly choice? Could you walk, or combine two errands into one trip?
Here are just a few ways you can make a difference by being intentional about transportation:
- Purchasing an electric vehicle
- Use public transit
- Walk or ride a bike when possible
If you are lucky enough to be able to purchase or build a new home, consider Eco Minded Solutions. Features such as the following can go a long way to creating positive change:
- Installing energy-efficient appliances
- Using ample insulation to avoid heat transfer
- Choosing green materials for your home such as wood and stone
Moving in the direction of being more environmentally conscious doesn’t need to be difficult or drastic. By making small gradual changes, and being intentional about purchases of basic items, individuals can make a difference.