The word “sustainability” has been tossed around so often, that sometimes we forget to actually investigate the truth behind the claim. Have you been duped into purchasing a “sustainable” product only to later find out it is not really sustainable? Unfortunately, too many people have fallen prey to marketer’s schemes to stating their products are sustainable. This distrust between consumers and products have caused many to rule out sustainable products. Here are 6 examples of how sustainable practices are important to our environment and to our way of life.
- Wildlife Preservation- Before you start to plant your first garden, the first step is to remove the existing plants in the area, right? Wrong! Never remove native plants in your yard. This will cause disruption in your yards natural processes. It is important to keep things natural in the dirt and in your yard.
- Water Efficiency- Always remember to treat water as a useful resource. Wasteful irrigation is anti-ecological and causes a great strain on our environment. Select plants suited for your environment, eliminating the need to overuse water and reducing the chance of harming your soil. Research how to use “greywater” for bathing, laundry, and dishwashing. Keep in mind “greywater” is not legal everywhere.
- Green Transportation- Green transportation has come a long way in the past decade. The construction of pathways for access to parks, gardens and green buildings has allowed for more people to walk or bike than drive. Biking and walking to work has proven to increase happiness and your overall health and well-being. Biking reduces gas emissions and poses much less of a threat on the environment than cars.
- Green Roofing- Creating a rooftop sustainable garden can be achieved with the help of professionals. It is important to choose the correct plants to and design efficient rainwater storage and drainage systems. A rooftop garden will improve the buildings sustainability by reducing the amount of energy needed to heat the building in colder months.
- Vertical Gardening– Limiting your gardening due to the amount of space you have is no longer an excuse. Plants can grow vertically and inside, which is perfect for the big city apartment dweller. You can plan for living walls in your buildings construction, or you can do some DIY to make your own vertical gardens on the cheap. Gardening is a great and easy way to eat and live sustainable.
- Electricity Reduction- While the first step in switching from old-school light bulbs to energy saving light bulbs or solar power may seem pricey, the reduction in your energy bill will have you paid back in no time. When you choose to implement green electricity sources such as motion sensor lights, dimmers and LED, you will be on the right path to reducing your usage of electrical energy and on the way to electrical sustainability.
Sustainability can be more than just a buzzword for marketers. Living a sustainable life can be as simple as making a few smart choices and focusing on the environment. Next time you choose to purchase a product solely on its sustainable capability, take an interest in researching the claim. I hope these examples have inspired you to live a more sustainable life or at least consider some of the choices you make on a daily basis.