Believe it or not, you don’t have to go off the grid or live on a farm to make your lifestyle sustainable. Here are a few simple ways to get started right where you are.
Spending less time in the car is good for both you and the environment. Driving less means less emissions and greenhouse gasses in the air. Driving less can also also be good for you, giving you a chance to get more exercise or downtime.
Check out your commute and see if you’re able to walk or bike at least some of the way into work. And if that’s not possible, try to carpool or use public transportation. The goal is less total cars on the road, and plus, you might appreciate the time you don’t have to spend behind the wheel fighting traffic.
Make Your House Sustainable
At first glance, the challenge to “make your house sustainable” can sound pretty intimidating. But try starting with a single area, like your roof.
Roofing material can add up, especially because on average, most roofs only live out half of their average lifespan. So when it comes time to get your roof replaced, try looking at different types of roofing materials. Metal may be a more sustainable material than typical asphalt roofing. Metal roofing can be recycled, whereas asphalt shingles often end up in landfills.
Plant a Garden
Even if your house doesn’t have much of a backyard or you live in an apartment, you can still try starting an urban garden. Not only will gardening help you grow your own herbs and vegetables, but working in or on a garden is a great way to relieve stress. And plants are good for the environment too, working to breathe in those greenhouse gasses.
If your garden is indoors, plants can also act as a natural air filter. And not only that, but a touch of green is always a great decor item in a room. So you can help the environment and help spruce up your house at the same time.
Making your lifestyle more sustainable may sound challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. Try taking small steps towards sustainability and see where it leads you. It may be an easier path than you think, and you’ll love the feeling you get from helping out the world’s climate change problem—if only in a very small way.
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