Happy Earth Day: Tips for a more Environmentally Friendly Lifestyle

Considering what all Earth provides for us, it's only right that we give back. See if you can start any of these environmentally friendly lifestyle habits!

This planet, it’s absolutely mind blowing how she provides for us 

Moments of escape from the hustle (whether pulling away from work for outdoor time or adventuring near and far) allow me to ponder the bounty we are given just by existing, and to feel a genuine appreciation for that gift 

Having received my Master’s Degree in Sustainability Studies, I can’t help but to always ponder how I can give back to Mother Earth in order for her to be able to continue to provide in this way for generations to come. Some things I currently do to live sustainably is:

  • Compost as much as possible
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle, & repurpose (second think buying brand new and be creative with items that are no longer serving purpose)
  • Buy local as much as possible – shopping at markets for local foods and supporting restaurants that serve farm to table (my fav in Charleston is the Sunday Market at Pour House!)
  • Conserve!! Trying to keep showers short and turning it off while washing dishes.
  • Drive a fuel efficient car (next one is gonna be hybrid)
  • Energy off if not needed – lights off when not in use, AC/Heat off as long into the season as possible.
  • A little bit of foraging for local herbs (wanting to do and learn this more in time…you can turn to Yohola Herbal School in Charleston for local foraging tips)
  • Teaching a connection to the planet during kids yoga, even if subtle words and cueing that reminds them of our intricate connection to the planet (interdependence)

Things I’m starting:

  • Going back to gardening, growing my own veg so as to limit grocery store spending (waste of gas & products) & allows me control (knowing what is in/on the food I’m eating)
  • Spray foam insulation – my new house needs insulation asap, and I promised myself when learning about it at Lenoir-Rhyne that I would make the investment if ever given the opportunity. It enhances the homes R value significantly, meaning less need for AC/Heat.
  • Installing a Rain Barrell in my back yard for watering purposes – that class I took with my dad in college will finally come in handy (if you’re in Brunswick/St. Simons, I may be able to connect you with that company!)

Can you pick up any of these sustainable habits? Let me know if there are any not mentioned that are “low hanging fruit” sustainable habits to develop 🙂

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Considering what all Earth provides for us, it's only right that we give back. See if you can start any of these environmentally friendly lifestyle habits!

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