The World Health Organization leads the way when it comes to sustainability by recycling 99% of its waste. Every smart homeowner knows that they can save money and the environment when they implement these measures, too.
Are you ready to get on board with this important, popular trend?
You can’t do much about sustainability if you don’t know what it is, though. So, keep reading to find out more about this essential concept and what it means to set up and maintain a sustainable home.
What Does Sustainable Mean?
Our daily lifestyles place a heavy load on the natural resources available to us. Oil and coal reserves are running out, some species of trees grow slowly, and garbage is taking over our land and seas.
Sustainability aims to avoid running out of the valuable resources we need while preserving the integrity of the planet. The mantra, ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ is the backbone of sustainability and the main thing to keep in mind as you go about your day.
Creating a Sustainable Home
There are several ways you can get track toward sustainability to create an eco-friendly home. Some of them are easy and cheap to implement. Try this:
Get Rid of Waste
When you go shopping, skip the plastic shopping bags in favor of a reusable cloth bag, or re-use sturdy paper bags.
Interestingly, you only need to use a paper bag three times to make up for the carbon emissions used to manufacture it. When it’s done its time as a shopping bag, you can use it to line your bird or hamster cage before throwing it away.
Paper decomposes much faster than plastic, without introducing many toxins into the soil and water.
Shop at local markets, where you can bring a reusable container for the products you purchase. Visit your local butcher to buy cuts of meat out of the refrigerator instead of pre-packaged supermarket meats.
Cut Down on Carbon Emissions
Remember, locally-produced goods create fewer carbon emissions on route to the consumer. When you support local businesses, you’re helping both people and the planet.
Carbon emissions result from burning fossil fuels like coal and oil to generate electricity and power motor vehicles. So, commit to minimizing travel by joining a lift club, and minimizing air travel as much as possible.
You can also cut down on your home’s carbon footprint by reducing the amount of electricity you use at home and work.
Implementing a smart home management system can help you minimize waste when it comes to electricity use, but you can also take other steps to minimize carbon emissions.
Most types of homes can function fully using solar power. The solar industry offers increasingly attractive offers for homeowners who want to implement this carbon-reducing innovation.
It’s important to read solar pros and cons articles and work with the best solar company to find an ideal solution before you make this considerable investment.
Repurposing as much as you can is a good start when it comes to sustainability. You can only re-use items to a certain stage, though.
When you need to dispose of paper, glass, plastic, and electronics, make sure they end up at a recycling depot and not a landfill. You can buy bins for separating these materials or drop them off at the depot yourself.
Save the Planet and Yourself
If we all implemented the above measures to create a sustainable home, the world would end up a better, greener, place. The alternative is increasing climate change and the extinction of mankind, so act fast.
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