4 Tips For Low-Impact Living

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Like it or not, the way we live has a direct impact on the environment. The good news about this is that we can also control what impact we have through our daily choices.

There’s no question that the lifestyle choices we make every day – including what we eat, wear, drink, and build, where and how we travel, what products we use to clean our homes (and ourselves), and the thousands of other decisions you make in the course of your lifetime – have a huge impact on the health of the planet – and of course, your body.

So how do we limit the toll that our lifestyles take on the world around us? Simply by making more aware choices that consciously take into consideration how our actions affect our health, and the health of the environment.

Here are 4 simple tips that can help anyone live a lower-impact lifestyle:

1. Grow things

Firstly having unpaved soil around the home means that that much more water is trickling down to the water tables, which would otherwise go down the drain; literally. Then there is the fact that growing your own produce is a healthy and tremendously satisfying thing….

2. Use public transport

It may be a little more time consuming and perhaps not as convenient as driving your own car, but using public transport helps you make significant savings on your gas bills as well as contribute to low impact living. If public transport is not possible, at least carpool to make a difference!…

3. Explore your neighborhood

Next time you want to take a holiday, consider a trek close to home rather than jetting off to a distant exotic location…. Another aspect of exploring your neighborhood is to shop local produce and locally produced artifacts. This helps the local economy and also requires less produce to be shipped in from elsewhere, reducing the amount of resources you use up each time you make a purchase.

4. Make your home energy efficient

Consider retro-fitting your home to be less energy hungry. Consider concepts like cob building, hemp building, rammed earth building, natural paints, roof shingles, living roofs, thatching and other environmentally friendly ways to make a difference.

Read more at http://www.gouri.info/green-living/low-impact-living.


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