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Sustainable Solutions You Can Use at Home

Posted on Fri, Jun 01, 2012 @ 09:00 AM

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Companies can make a large impact on the environment by using environmentally sound practices, but individuals can also make a difference on a smaller scale. Creating waste and using too many resources are problems for the environment, but you can reduce the impact of both these by finding sustainable solutions to everyday environmental situations in your home. Become a small part of a larger group of environmentally aware people and you can combine to lighten our energy footprint on the earth.

Grow Your Own Food

Whether you have a large plot of land behind your house or a small patio or balcony, you can grow some type of food in your own home. Research intensive gardening, square-foot gardening and organic gardening methods to make the best use of every inch of your available soil. You can produce enough vegetables to feed your family by simply using containers on a back patio, while larger plots make ideal spaces for growing food for canning and freezing. Food you grow doesn't have to be trucked in from other areas, saving the environment from using up more fossil fuel.

Buy Used

Join the growing movement of people who have vowed to buy nothing new except consumables for one full year. Shop in thrift stores and garage sales, use the local library and online sources for your entertainment, get to know your neighbors and sponsor trading nights for toys, games and sports equipment or search sites such as Craigslist or Freecycle for needed items for no cost at all.

Learn to Upcycle

Instead of throwing out used items and creating more environmental waste, learn to recycle and upcycle these items into creative and attractive better versions of themselves. Craft dozens of useful gift items from used clothing and packaging, create garden supplies from kitchen waste and create holiday decor year-round without spending extra money or using resources.

Avoid creating environmental waste, using fossil fuels and wasting resources by using sustainable solutions for your everyday challenges. Grow your own food, buy everything used for at least a year, and upcycle everything to create useful and attractive items instead of adding to the landfills. You'll save money as well as the environment, adding to a growing number of people dedicated to making a cleaner world.

Key Takeaways:

  • Grow your own food
  • Buy used products
  • Learn to "upcycle"

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