Your Sustainable Living Guide in Nine Easy Steps
April is Earth Month! (It’s kind of like Christmas at Zipcar.) And it’s a great time for each of us to reaffirm our commitment to living more sustainably. By using resources wisely and doing more with less, you can be part of the solution, without putting a crimp in your busy life. These 9 stories feature ways the world is moving toward sustainability – and what you can do to speed the progress.
1) Get your veggies straight from the farm.
One of the easiest, and tastiest, ways to go green is to cut out the middle man. Support local farms by signing up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Go in with a neighbor and split a crop of fresh fruit and veg every month.
2) Learn from these campuses that think outside the quad.
Universities are in a great position to educate a whole generation about how to live more sustainably. With “clean” food in the cafeteria, solar panels on the roof, and electric cars in the parking lot, these schools can teach us all a thing or two about carbon neutrality.
3) Drive the future with smarter transportation.
From engineless to driverless, the climate-conscious car is having a moment. Of course, it’s going to be some time before everyone and their mom has one, but these futuristic vehicles may come sooner than you think.
4) Live clean, even in the dirty city.
You can’t stop that delivery truck from idling endlessly on your corner, but you can unplug those devices you’re not using, eat in cafés that compost, or take bike sharing for a spin. Check out these ways that you can live green, even in the shadow of a skyscraper.
5) Reuse, Reduce, Upcycle.
One of the coolest new trends in eco-conscious style is upcycling. This nifty practice of turning trash into treasure leads to things like a messenger bag made of old bike tires, and guitars made from deconstructed walls and floors. That’s pretty eco-cool.
6) Reaffirm your green resolution.
If you started off 2016 with a pledge to put the planet first, now is a good time to re-up your commitment. Follow the habits in this quick-hit list, and you’ll be all set.
7) Paper, plastic, or Mason jar?
When we found out that Bea Johnson fit an entire year’s worth of garbage into a single Mason jar, we were more than intrigued. Get the scoop on her zero-waste home for yourself.
8) Teach your city kids to be good environmental citizens.
Modeling environmentally-responsible behaviors for your children is the best way to get the next generation off on the right foot. Teach those future grown ups that walking is often the best way to go, public transit is your friend, and it’s better to give away than to throw away.
9) Throw a planet-positive picnic.
Now that you’ve done your part for a greener planet, it’s time to go out and enjoy it. Pack your homemade bug spray, biodegradable cooler, and this easy reference guide. A little research up front can make living sustainably a picnic in the park.