Here are 5 really quick and easy tips to start you on your way to self sufficiency and sustainability. Of course these are just a starting point so go for it. You can definitely do these.
1. Start out small – No matter where you live or what you do we suggest you start out small. Make a plan and then stick to it. Leave the “Go big or go home” mentality by the wayside. Biting off more than you can chew could be the beginning of the end of your plan. Baby steps are easier to take and easier to correct if you find it’s not working as planned.
2. Begin to recycle – It takes 2 or 3 containers to start. These could be garbage cans, recycling containers that your city or town provides, or even cardboard boxes. Label them metal, plastic, and glass (possibly even paper). This is an indispensable tool to becoming a good environmental steward. Metal and glass are easy to recycle, plastics are a bit more complicated and your local recycling center may not be equipped to take all types of plastic. Read more about what the numbers of plastic mean by Clicking Here You can also recycle most of your “junk mail” and papers by bundling them with string or shredding and bagging. Most recycling centers take paper.
3. Start a small garden – This could mean a small space in your backyard, or as simple as a few containers on a window sill. It does not matter if you have 300 acres or a 300 square foot apartment. Anyone can start a garden. A tomato plant, and a small tray or pan of leaf lettuce will grow equally as well outdoors or indoors. All you need is a window and some TLC and you can have some fresh organic food on your table in just a few weeks. Don’t have a window you can always provide some artificial light from a “grow” light. Although we recommend the window approach.
4. Buy Local – Do your best to buy the things you eat and use the most locally. There are many farmers markets available in cities that provide locally grown produce. That green bell pepper you buy at the big super market may have taken 4000 gallons of diesel fuel to get to your table. This goes equally for non – produce. Spend your dollars on things that are made in your home town, state, or country as much as possible.
5. Tell as many people as you can – Share your experience of getting into a more sustainable lifestyle. Be enthusiastic about it. Nothing draws people to your point more than your enthusiasm. Sure your going to run into those few that think your crazy or that your efforts are not going to change anything. When that happens tell them your sorry they feel that way , smile, and move on. DON’T let them curb your efforts. You and I both know that what your now doing is better for you, your family, your future, and the planet as a whole. It’s OK to be firm in your conviction.
Walking, or riding a bicycle to the store, or appointment, carpooling with friends to work, taking mass transit (if available) are a few other ways. Not to mention the health and social benefits attributed to them. Turning off your lights when you leave a room, and changing your light bulbs to LED’s or CFL’s are some others.
These are just starting points and the more you do, the more you WILL do to carry on with your plan. Do your research. There is lots of information on the subject in our “information age”, just go with your gut instinct on what is true and what isn’t. It is very addicting and satisfying to know your on your way, and doing the right thing.
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Peace and Prosperity,
Rich @ NY Homesteader
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