Sustainability is the capacity to endure without damaging the earth. It means to live from the resources that surround you without having to add to your carbon footprint. Sustainability is using and reusing resources in a way that does not deplete or permanently damage those resources. Sustainability concerns the preservation of the environment, it is directly linked to human consumption and can even be influenced or be a part of our cultural and political practices.
Living Sustainably starts with being fully aware of how ALL our actions contribute to ALL the things mentioned above. Here are some tips to guide you on your way to taking on a more sustainable lifestyle:
Buy sustainable food and products -
-Why would you buy a mango from Mexico at your local food store when your Uncle has a mango tree in his backyard?
-Visit your local Goodwill or thrift store - the treasures you will find (from killer clothes to dishware, to a surprising knick-knack) are amazing!
-Remember - Buying Local is sustainable!
Be conscious of how you use transportation -
-If you can avoid driving your car, or avoid having a friend pick you up to go to a place nearby...if you can ride a bike or walk, then JUST DO IT!
Save water by being aware of how much you use -
-Cut your showers by two minutes; convert to a water efficient shower head; sweep your driveway instead of hosing it down; use a water efficient washing machine and dishwasher; use a dual-flush toilet; reduce the time you water your garden
-Saving water also means that you take note on how others (local farmers and businesses) are using the water - including what kinds of chemicals they are allowing to seep into our water source. This is everyone's responsibility!
Recycle, Reuse, Reduce -
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