Is there a right way to live a self-sustainable lifestyle? The answer to that question is no. There are so many actions you can take and switches you can make to be more sustainable and rely less on a throw-away economy to be more self-sufficient and to create less waste.
Here are just a few tips to shift your habits in the direction of being more sustainable.
Switch to Reusable
The most well-known call to sustainability is: reduce, reuse and recycle. The first two are particularly important. In order to reduce your use of throw-away items, you have to invest in reusable items. Get a glass or metal water bottle so you can stop using recycled plastic water bottles.
Bring your own grocery bags to the store, and when possible, invest in items that will last longer and not be wasted. Many companies now have reusable containers or cloth napkins that can help you drastically reduce the amount of waste you produce. Thrift stores are also becoming more popular, making it easier than ever to buy something secondhand so it gets more use and does not get thrown away.
Switch To Solar
One of the best ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle is by controlling where your electricity comes from. Invest in solar panels to power your home with solar energy instead of the coal or gas your electric grid is most likely hooked up to.
Lighting your home with solar also means that you do not have to rely on the power company for all your energy needs, making you both more sustainable and more self-sufficient. This change can cut your personal carbon footprint pretty drastically.
Switch To Local
Support your local economy! That can look like buying things from locally-owned stores instead of large chain stores when possible and supporting small farms and community farmers’ markets.
Buying from local stores returns your money to the local economy rather than supporting massive corporations that are likely far away from you. When it comes to food, buying local means cutting out the huge amount of shipping necessary to bring certain foods to grocers near you.
You help your local economy become more sustainable and decrease your contribution to emissions from shipping items across the country. In relation, being a more active participant in your local economy can help sustain your relationship with your neighbors.
Switch To Efficiency
Small switches in your own home can increase your energy efficiency, thus making you more sustainable because you use less. Install LED light bulbs and slowly start to switch over to more efficient appliances. Technology for washing machines and refrigerators has improved to use less energy and decrease your utility bill.
This also includes being more efficient in your personal behavior. Turn lights off when you leave a room, unplug chargers or small appliances when they are not being used. Turn the TV off when you are not watching it or decrease the amount of time you use electronic devices.
Identity Magazine is all about guiding women to discover their powers of Self-Acceptance, Appreciation, and Personal Achievement.
We ask that every contributor and expert answer the Identity questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the current article they have written. In that way, and as a team, we hope to encourage and motivate each other, thus inspiring you to Get All A’s.
1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? Additionally, what are you still working on accepting? Now, we’re not talking about resignation, rather stepping into, embraced, and owned.
I have accepted that I will never find the perfect balance at as a mom, and no matter how others perceive me as a working mom, both being a mom and a professional help me to progress as a woman.
2. Appreciation is everything. What have you learned to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? On the other hand OR in contrast, are there elements of who you are that you’re still working on appreciating?
I’m grateful for the resilience that my trials have instilled in me. As hard as my trials have been they have helped me empathize with others more and to become a better person.
3. Share with us one of your most rewarding achievements in life? Tell us not only what makes YOU most proud but also share the goals and dreams that you still have.
Becoming a mother and feeling the love of my children has been the most rewarding experience of my life. That love coupled with a desire to maintain their love and respect is one of my biggest motivators in life.