IDEAS TO PRACTICE SUSTAINABILITY – Some people have better ideas than I do, and others have different practices. You can peruse this list or create your own.
1.) Ask yourself, do I really need a materialistic lifestyle? If not, practice thrift. If I don’t need it, I don’t buy it. This was not always true for me, but in recent years I have begun a preference for a minimalist lifestyle. I discovered that having too many things meant having that much more to take care of.
2.) It has been my choice to avoid bringing home those plastic shopping bags and to avoid as much as possible purchasing pre-packaged food. This has cut my trash in half or more. I keep on hand those recycled plastic shopping bags with handles that can easily be folded up to store and reuse.
3.) Walk to work, ride a bike, or drive a car with excellent gas economy. The first two will only be practical if you live close to work, and that too, may be a practical solution.
4.) Keep a garden. In addition to supplementing your diet with healthy fresh produce, the time outside gets you into contact with those little beings who help pollinate the plants and break down the soil. If you keep flowers, especially Butterfly/Bee/Bird gardens, you will appreciate many moments sighting Hummingbirds and absolutely gorgeous butterflies. With a little care and research, you can find plants that these beings love that are also of practical use to humans. My Monarda, or Bee Balm, provides food for both bees and hummingbirds, and the tea from the leaves? That is flavorful Bergamot. I also grow Anise Hyssop and Ecchinacea.
5.) If you or other members of the family hunt, utilize all parts of the animal. I have made clothing and drums out of deer hide, and if, like me, you practice an Earth-centered religion, you can turn horn, bone, and hoof into rattles, buttons, and other useful noise-makers.
6.) Support as much as possible solar energy and wind power. Technology has developed so that now many people can use for their homes.
7.) One friend shared on FB that she always carries a trash bag when she hikes to pick up any litter she finds. I so appreciate people like this! And if you hike, please carry out what you carry in!
I’m out of suggestions for today, but if you read this, won’t you please leave your own solutions in the comment box?