On a global scale, governments and large-scale industries are scrambling to take drastic measures to stop the climate change crisis. While this is happening, taking action as an individual is also necessary. Becoming part of the community and participating in activities that help save the environment is even better.
As an individual, taking on a sustainable lifestyle can help contribute to stopping climate change.
What is a sustainable lifestyle?
A sustainable lifestyle is a way of living that minimizes your carbon footprint, undertaking steps and changes to reduce the destruction of the environment.
It is to live with intention and a clear understanding of how you carry on with your daily activities and its impact on the environment. With sustainable living, there is the express intent to consume mindfully so that future generations and their needs are met.
The goal of a sustainable lifestyle
The goal of a sustainable lifestyle is to restore environmental balance to the planet. With the growing emission of harmful gases to the atmosphere, the blatant abuse of resources, and various forms of pollution, the planet is dying.
This goal can be achieved through sustainability. Aside from environmental preservation and protection, economic feasibility and social equity also come into play. These three make up the sustainability pillars.
These three pillars are interconnected, one cannot be completed without the other two. Governments and industries implement systems and processes that reduce environmental impact.
At the same time, governments also have programs that provide incentives to encourage individuals and businesses to become more sustainable. While social equity has to do with social structures that help people experience comfortable living standards today and tomorrow.
You are much a part of this solution. A sustainable lifestyle is the key. But what is a sustainable lifestyle?
There are several facets of sustainable living. But it all starts within you and your home.
Sustainable living means keeping a home that is energy efficient and eco-friendly. Today, there are numerous sustainable home design types that are affordable and suit a variety of requirements.
Prefabricated homes, tiny homes, cargo structures, and unique home designs are some examples. An example of a unique home design is that of Unika Stenhus. A brainchild of Swedish architect Ola Torrång, the house is well ahead of its time when it was first designed in the 1970s.
Truly a model in sustainable housing, Unika Stenhus is made of concrete materials with a well-insulated system and advanced environment-friendly features. Its design is based on Japanese architecture’s simplicity, flexibility, and interaction with nature.
Ways to Live a Sustainable Lifestyle
Aside from a sustainable home design, you should also live the lifestyle. Changes that are aimed toward reducing energy consumption and carbon footprint.
Contrary to what most believe that going sustainable is difficult and expensive, it’s definitely not. In the long run, it is even more cost-effective.
Here are a few tips to be more sustainable in your home:
- Free your home of single-use plastic
- Be mindful of your energy use at home
- Use water wisely
- Use energy-saving home appliances and lighting
- Eat mindfully – this means to eat at home as much as you can; eat more vegetables, eat less so you’ll also have less food waste
- Support local – from produce and products to your daily needs
- Use eco-friendly transportation options – a car is convenient, but if you can go to a place using public transportation go for it. If you’re heading to the nearby local shop, go by foot.
- Reduce, reuse, and recycle – from shopping bags to drinking bottles, there are so much stuff you can reuse. Start a compost bin to recycle food waste and use it as fertilizer.
When you commit to a sustainable lifestyle, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort and security. You are helping the environment at the same time living a more cost-effective and healthier lifestyle. You are committing to a better and more meaningful way of living!