This is my house guide to sustainable, simple, and healthy living. These practices are good for earth, community, and you and create health and happiness for all humans and creatures. I hope that many of you will learn from this guide and adapt some new practices into your life.
Around the House
-Minimal waste. reduce- reuse- recycle (in that order) Minimize trash and recycling, compost
-Conserve electricity. Turn off. Unplug. Use natural light. We use CFL bulbs.
-Conserve Water. Be Conscious. Use only what we need. If it’s yellow let it mellow.
-Avoid one-time use items (napkins, paper towels, garbage bags, tin foil, shrink wrap…)
-Plant based foods over animal products
-Natural cleaning products. Natural cosmetics. Natural medicine.
-Minimal plastics in the kitchen. (bags, tupperware, utensils…)
-Cook on proper cookware. (No Teflon, aluminum, or plastic)
-Grow some of our own food. Try to not let all the veggies die.
-Clothing- wear multiple times, wash less often
-Donate items we no longer need rather than throwing them away
-Drugs and alcohol in moderation if used at all. That includes coffee
Outside the House
-Choose biking, walking, public transport, over car.
-Choose electric powered vehicles over gas powered. Use Car2go car share program!
-Minimize driving when it is not necessary.
-Shop locally and at responsible businesses
-Be nice to everyone and do good deeds for fellow humans
-To reduce trash- buy unpackaged goods, unpackaged foods, avoid disposable items
-Less is more. The less stuff you have and need the easier it is to live simply and sustainably.
-Share. Share with people in the house and outside the house. -Borrow or trade for items that you will use infrequently rather than having your own.
Basics to ethical, healthy eating
-Eat primarily a plant-based diet (vegetarian, vegan…)
-Veggies, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds
-Locally grown food and shop locally
-Organic and natural when possible
-Use reusable bags for shopping