Sustainable Living

Many sources claim that the concept of sustainable living started back in the 19th century long before then invention and widespread use of solar panels, geothermal energy etc.

Two hundred years ago as cities began to grow there often was a lack of resources to support that growth. However, a few enlightened individuals began to develop a personal lifestyle that took into account environmental protection and renewal.

Today sustainable living generally means the use of natural principles of ecology to live without taking anything from the natural world that cannot be replaced. In other words, living simply and efficiently while making those things we use go as far as possible with the maximum functional life. Self – sufficiency is an important strategy to achieve this goal.

There are six lifestyle categories for sustainable living:
1) Shelter
2) Power
3) Food
4) Transportation
5) Water
6) Waste

Self – sufficient, sustainable, and eco-friendly are words used to describe a way of life that doesn’t imply a life without any comforts or a dreadful, less fulfilling existence. Rather they describe a principled way of living whereby one uses all that they need for individual safety, comfort and enjoyment while employing technologies that guarantee the same lifestyle is available for the future.

By definition sustainable living requires a somewhat higher investment in the begining than non-renewable systems. For example, the initial cost of installing solar panels is greater than calling the utility company and requesting a hookup to their system. However, overtime the savings from producing one’s own electricity is huge. The same is true for systems to capture and filter rainwater, orchards that produce fruit, nuts and oil and building a house without a 20 year mortgage attached.

Other examples abound. Appliances such as cook stoves, ovens, and even clothes dryers and refrigerators can run on farm generated bio-gas instead electricity.

In addition to the long-term economic savings of planting trees & vegetables, spices and medicinal plants there are plenty of added benefits. One is guaranteed a steady supply of non-GMO, organic foods. The same is true of meat, milk, eggs, etc. The satisfaction and relief of knowing your food source is completely free of growth hormones, insecticides, pesticides and unwanted genetic modification is beyond measure.

In addition one can exchange or sell the extra food produced into a market with seeming unlimited demand for organic, safe produce. And the food that is not consumed directly or sold is recycled back into nature as part of the unending sustainable cycle of life.