Sustainable living seems like an ambitious and daunting goal. It can be overwhelming, especially when you make significant changes in your lifestyle at once. But making the shift to a more eco-friendly lifestyle does not have to entail shaking up your life at one go. For changes that stick, taking the slow and steady route may be the best way to go. Here are some of the small changes you can make to lessen your personal carbon footprint.
Make your home more energy efficient. Conserving energy is not just a way to contribute to protecting the environment. At a more personal and practical level, it could translate to more savings on your electric bills. Energy efficient homes do away with power-sucking appliances and lighting. Make an inventory of household items that use electricity. If possible, replace the less efficient ones with appliances or lighting fixtures that meet the environment-friendly standards.
Develop habits that support your green lifestyle. Habits can either support or hinder your goal to live more sustainably. You may want to evaluate current behaviors that may be preventing you from reducing your carbon footprint. Simple things like how you use water when washing your hands or brushing your teeth as well as how you use lighting at home can play a big role in creating a lifestyle that support green living.
Recycle and reuse. Learn how to make recycling work for you. Choose recyclable containers when buying items at the grocery. Or you can look for the nearest recycling centers near you where you can bring the items you want to discard. Reusing items is also one of the pillars of sustainable living. Prepare a compost bin or dig pit where you can put rotten produce, fruit and vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, and other organic wastes so they can become fertilizers for your garden. Making it a family habit can likewise teach children in the family the value of doing their share for the environment.
Find ways to grow your own food source. Maximize any available outdoor space you have to start a garden. Grow your own edible plants in a garden patch. Or you can look into other alternatives if you do not have the space even for a small garden outside your house. Container gardening is a fairly simple way to grow herbs and some edible plants in whatever limited space that you have.
Buy local. Shop local as much and as often as you can. Know the farmers’ markets near you. Buy locally-grown seasonal produce and other ingredients. This not only supports farmers and business owners in your area but can be a simple way of giving a boost to the local economy.
Whether it is in your backyard or in containers inside your home, growing a garden or plants improves your health. And it is not just because of the nutrient-rich edibles that you can harvest and enjoy. The activity itself comes with physical, mental, and emotional benefits. Here are just some of the many ways why gardening can be really good for you.
It is a good stress reliever. Digging and doing all the work to care for your plants keep you in contact with nature. It connects you with the soil, water, and the seed or the plant. And if you are lucky to have a garden outside, you get to work under the sunlight and feel the breeze as it blows around you. The process can be therapeutic. It is a great activity for when you want to relieve stress or spend some time away from people that drain you.
It gets you moving. Gardening is one of the most pleasant physical activities that you can do on a regular basis. It keeps you moving and makes you productive at the same time. Cultivating a garden involves different tasks that can be a good form of exercise for you. And you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor as soon as harvest time arrives.
It improves your mood. Growing a garden is a relaxing activity regardless of all the physical work involved. It uplifts your mood, especially every time you get to experience a sense of accomplishment when you see the results of your work.
For some, gardening at home is only meant for those born with green thumbs. But for others, it’s not entirely the case.
Anyone can do gardening at home, even 12-year-old kids – so long as you remember these:
Allot enough space.
Plants need a reasonable amount of space to grow beautifully. They also need a reasonable amount of space to grow equally. This is not just for them to grow without compromising the outside development of other plants, but also to grow without compromising the inside development of other plants. Those being said, make sure to allot enough space for your plants – with at least 5 inches between the others.
Check the soil.
There are 5 kinds of soil known to man: the loamy kind, the sandy kind, the silty kind, the clayish kind, and the peaty kind – with the first one mostly preferred by gardeners. This kind of soil is also best known for its all-in-one properties, which includes the following: sand, silt, and clay – all of which have its own share of healthy minerals for the plants, as well as its own share of healthy ventilations for the plants.
Use the right kind of tools.
Without the right kind of tools, you will never have the right kind of grows. Some of the best tools used for gardening at home include a spade or a shear, as well as a fork or a rake and a hoe or a knife. And to prevent tall grasses and stop unwanted weeds from overcoming your grows, you should also have a craftsman mower self propelled. This is not just for you to cut tall grasses easily, but also for you to remove unwanted weeds conveniently.
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