There’s a sweet little phrase being thrown around here and there by those looking to make a difference in the way they eat, the way they live, and the way they care for this amazing place called earth.
That phrase is sustainable living
What is sustainable living?
Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce one’s carbon footprint by being conscious of the Earth’s natural resources. Its focus is on preserving the environment through mindful and compassionate choices.
We all know that global warming and climate change are very serious concerns, and more and more we see efforts being made to go green, from the cars we drive, to the clothes we wear. Going along with major changes is great, but what can we as individuals do to contribute to the saving of this planet?
Let’s begin in the kitchen.
Choose a couple of days a week where you don’t consume meat. The meat industry, more specifically factory farms, have devastating impacts on the environment because of air pollution, mass water consumption, and hazardous soil contaminants.
Making an effort to skip out on meat a few meals each week will not only benefit your overall health, but you will be actively contributing to a decrease in the need for mass factory farming.
Choose Meat and Dairy Wisely
Luckily, there are sustainable farms all over Ontario so shopping for meat and dairy locally is a great way to get your products. Sustainable farms take great measures to care for their livestock, and produce quality meat and dairy. Factory farms are under pressure to produce quantity, so the quality is lacking. Look for labels like “grass fed”, “pasture-fed”, and “organic”. When you choose to support local farmers, you are once again choosing to be an active member in the sustainable living movement.
Some wonderful local brands to look out for are: Organic Meadow, Best Baa, Whispering Meadows, Beretta Farms.
Food waste is a huge problem in today’s society so do your best to reduce your waste consumption. Become really good at sorting your waste between your garbage, recycling, and green bin. Understand what goes in the green bin and maximize its potential.
Make a meal plan and go grocery shopping accordingly so you don’t have a ton of leftover food at the end of the week. Once you begin to think about waste and its negative impact on the planet, you will be more conscious about what, why, and how you are throwing something out.
Avoid buying plastic as much as possible (Tupperware, cling wrap, utensils, etc). Plastic stays in landfills forever and a day.
How do you contribute to the sustainability of this planet? If you’ve never really thought about it, today is a great day to start.