4 Simple Ways to Live a More Sustainable Lifestyle Right Now

4 Simple Ways to Live a More Sustainable Lifestyle Right Now

4 Simple Ways to Live a More Sustainable Lifestyle Right Now 468 301 Eco Garden Systems

4 Simple Ways to Live a More Sustainable Lifestyle Right Now

Do you want to live a “greener” lifestyle, but you’re not sure what will have the most impact? Don’t fret—small changes can really add up. Here are a few easy ways for you to start living a more sustainable lifestyle right now.

1. Garden Different.

Did you know that you can grow more vegetables in less space with a raised garden bed? An Eco Garden is a 4’x6’ elevated garden bed where you can grow the same amount of vegetables as a 4’x12’ in-ground plot! Our built-in water reservoir and Air Gap technologyallows for stronger root growth, leading to healthier plants that produce more. Some other ways our elevated garden is more sustainable:

  • The garden uses 65% less water than traditional gardens.
  • Elevated gardens create their own miniature environment that can be controlled, enhanced, and sustained for years to come.
  • You can keep gardening as you age; our elevated platform allows you to garden at a comfortable height.
  • An Eco Garden allows you to be more self-sufficient during hard times. Growing your own food allows you to make better food choices no matter the economy.
A raised bed garden creates sustainable living

2. Eat Local.

While growing your own food is the most local you can get (and something we encourage) you may not have the time or resources to grow all the food you need. The next best thing is to support local farmers, grocery stores, and farm-to-table restaurants. Try shopping at co-ops and farmer’s markets, where you can find out exactly where your food is coming from.

Have you thought about how far some of your food has to travel to get to your plate? Consider eating more seasonally—choosing to eat vegetables and fruits that are in-season locally.

To find local farmer’s markets and places to pick your own fruit and vegetables, try PickYourOwn.org. To find local farms where you can buy meat, eggs, and dairy (often at a better price) try EatWild.

3. Reduce Your Waste.

Our current recycling rate in the U.S. is around 34%. By choosing to recycle, you can help reduce the amount of garbage that ends up sitting in landfills. Follow your local city or garbage provider guidelines to find out what you can recycle. Check out how you can easily find (or organize) a recycling event in the U.S.

Shopping at secondhand stores, drinking out of reusable water bottles, and bringing your own cloth bags to the store are all easy ways to reduce waste and live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Make your gardening efforts even more sustainable by recycling rainwater using rain barrels or other irrigation systems. Check out how we “hacked” a sustainable way to water our Vertical Limits garden with a bucketand then created a simple irrigation system with a pot.

You can take your waste reduction efforts even further by composting. As a gardener, it is especially useful because you will create the richest soil, just by composting your food scraps and paper products. What could be a better way of giving back to the earth?

choose fresh products to support a more sustainable lifestyle

4. Choose Better Products.

There are many products that are harmful to both the environment and to our bodies. Take scented dryer sheets, for example—studies have shown that they emit seven hazardous air pollutants and 25 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) when used in your dryer. Some of these, including acetaldehyde and benzene, are not safe at any level. And when it comes to makeup, lotions, and bath products? The FDA (Food and Drug Administration), does not require safety testing of ingredients in personal care products before they are used.

Educate yourself to find companies that are using better ingredients and producing their products in more ethical and environmentally sound ways. The Environmental Working Group has a great site and an app where you can browse thousands of products (and food items) and find better alternatives. The products are rated on a scale from 1-10 to indicate their safety and why they are rated that way. If you can’t find the product you are wondering about, you can type in the ingredients to get an idea if it is safe or not.

You can also choose to shop with Certified B Corporations; they are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment.

Hopefully you have found a few ways to lessen your impact and live a more sustainable lifestyle. If you struggle with making changes, think of ways you can easily integrate these changes into your current lifestyle. For example, consider the exercise benefits of walking more instead of hopping in the car. Or maybe you like to meditate – why not allow your gardening time to be your zen time? And you’ll get the added sustainable benefit of growing your own food.

Tell us: What will you do to live more sustainably?

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