Category: sustainable living

Go Green: Start Gardening

Planting vegetables in your garden is one safe way to eat healthier, more flavorful foods. Aside from that, you can be confident of the quality and freshness of the vegetables and fruits you eat. You will also have peace of mind knowing you’re not consuming food with excessive fertilizers and pesticides!

Gardening isn’t just about eating healthier; it’s also about exercising as well. Did you know that you can burn 330 calories if you do light gardening for an hour? Gardening is considered a moderate physical activity because it involves a lot of weeding, digging, planting, and other repetitive tasks. That means it can help you save electricity because you don’t have to use a fitness apparatus just to burn calories.

Vegetable garden tomatoes radishes

If you’re cultivating your own food, you’ll opt for natural pesticides and organic fertilizers, which will allow them to be more nutritious for your family. For instance, if you’re growing cannabis, you will only feed them with healthy food so they can allow you to enjoy quality hash buds in the end. Plus, if you grow your own food, you can harvest them instantly once they’re in their best form, eliminating the need for early harvest for easier shipping.

Still, the greatest advantage of gardening is one that impacts the environment. A lot of activities claim to be beneficial for the environment when they really aren’t, but with gardening, you can actually go green. How? Plants are responsible for the cleansing of air as they absorb carbon dioxide and other air pollutants and release oxygen. When plants and mulch hold soil in place, there is also a lower risk of erosion. They even keep sediment away from roads, streams, and storm drains.

When you plant gardens, like rain gardens, you can use the rain water run-off and help stop damaging pollutants from reaching streams and lakes. Native gardens aren’t just gorgeous, low-maintenance, and budget-friendly; they’re also good for the planet!

Rain garden

One way to give back to the environment is to plant gardens and add more greens to this earth filled with buildings and pollution. Besides, if you start gardening, the plants can help cool your home during summer and warm it up during winter.

In the end, it’s a win-win.

How to ‘Green’ Your Kitchen

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Sustainable living is not something that anyone can achieve in a short time. It may take some time to build the habits and make the changes necessary to adopt the lifestyle. But every small step is a good start towards the right direction. And for many people, everything starts at home. The kitchen is one of the best places to start if you want to minimize your impact on the environment. Here are some simple ideas on how to make your kitchen more eco-friendly.

Replace old appliances with energy-efficient units
It is great to have vintage items at home. But if you use old appliances in your kitchen, you may want to consider upgrading to more energy-efficient units. Check if there is any appliance you may have to replace. Consider the cost as an investment as you will likely save more on your power bills over time.

Check your dishwasher’s load
Avoid using the dishwasher if you only have a few dishes to clean. Fill it up before running it. If you need to wash dishes by hand, use the sink or a basin for washing instead of letting the water from the faucet run.

Keep your kitchen organized
Organizing your kitchen is a great way to maximize space, keep it clean, and avoid food waste. Arrange and organize food items taking note of expiration dates. This will help you keep track of which food or ingredients you need to use first to avoid waste due to spoilage. You can also start your own small compost pile using food scraps from your kitchen.

Choose energy-efficient ways to prepare or cook your food
Buying locally-grown produce and other food products is just one of the smart ways you can minimize your carbon footprint. Go shopping for fruits, vegetables, artisanal food products, and other ingredients from farmers’ markets in your area. When cooking, make sure to cover lids properly to ensure that the food cooks properly without unnecessarily wasting more energy.

Buy in bulk and limit buying products with packaging
Bring reusable bags and containers when you go shopping. Buy in bulk and avoid limit purchases with packaging. If you have to buy items with packaging, opt for products that come in containers that you can reuse or recycle.

Go meatless at least once a week
Eating less meat can help in reducing your carbon footprint. You do not have to make a big leap to being a vegetarian if you are not prepared to make that level of commitment. But eating less meat is a good start in minimizing your impact to the environment.

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