Sustainable Living With an Organic Touch
Sustainable living is all about living your life in a way that can be maintained in the future. Reducing, recycling, repurposing, upcycling, and finding organic solutions for problems is at the heart of sustainable living.
Living organically is a sustainable lifestyle that promotes health, well-being, and longevity for all living things, including us. When fewer chemicals are used to feed plants and kill pests there will be less toxic chemicals entering into the soil and waterways.
Grow Organic Food
One of the best things that you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and improve your health is to grow some organic food.
You may not have the land space to grow a large vegetable garden, but if you have a sunny balcony you can grow something to eat. A large container, potting soil, organic compost, and a couple of tomato plants can provide fresh organic tomatoes all summer.
The organic compost will keep the plants fed; the green plants help to purify the air; the pollen-rich blooms on the tomatoes help feed the pollinating bees; fossil fuel usage is reduced because fewer tomatoes need to be transported; you eat healthier and zero chemicals were used in the food production.
The tomato scraps get places in the compost bin and when the plants have completed their life cycle, they also get tossed in the compost bin. The organic matter will decompose and become food to feed garden plants next year. Growing food creates a sustainable, organic cycle of life that can continue indefinitely.
Work With The Landscape
Don’t try to turn your landscape into something it is not, work with it just the way it is. For example, if your landscape has low-lying areas that remain damp most of the time use that area to create a rain garden that will collect and filter rainwater runoff.
If you live in a hot, dry climate, plant drought-tolerant native plants that will require minimal water to thrive.
Consider creating a permaculture garden where everything living and growing in a permaculture environment is dependant upon each other and the cycle of life is continuous, sustainable, and eco-friendly.