In an aspiring-to-be green household, we often think about ways to reduce our impact.
How do we reduce impact? Consuming less means spending less money. Every product is a “vote with your wallet” for use of resources.
Is it easy? Simple? Sustainable? We try to be both frugal and green. Usually, we start with the question, is there a better way to do this? Is there an easier way?
- Reduce, reuse, recycle.
- Waste not, want not.
- Reduce expenses.
- Reduce environmental impact.
Our lifestyle is a constant work in progress. Last year, we pursued a few different angles. In general, we like simple and straightforward solutions to the problems of living. Want local produce? Consider a garden full of perrenials. Concerned about power outages or the power bill? Convert your fireplace to a wood burner.
Wanting to conserve energy on laundry? Decrease dryer use with a laundry line or drying rack, which is easier on your clothes anyway.
Sometimes the more eco-friendly way is actually easier. When we switched from scented-clay-clumping cat litter to pine-based cat litter, we expected an inferior product. But what we found instead was it actually worked better. So, something to consider.
Here are a few online resources with a focus on sustainable living.
- simply by christine at simplybychristine.com
- Her work is beautiful and soothingly minimalist.
- Website links to zero waste living and lifestyle blog, book, and shop.
- She also has an excellent youtube channel here.
- Earth Hero at earthhero.com
- website listing brands and products vetted for their practices
- I am going to add more as we come across them.