Being healthy is a lifetime pursuit – not a destination. This month, I will be sharing tips and information on how to be – and stay — healthy.
Sustainability: [suh-stey-nuh-bil-i-tee] (noun) The quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance.
I am not a radical environmentalist but I do believe we all have a responsibility to do our part to preserve our finite natural resources. I recycle. I repurpose stuff. I take short showers. And thanks to a visit to The Ecology Center in San Juan, Capistrano, California, I have learned more ways on how to practice sustainable living.
The Ecology Center is a non-profit educational center that engages individuals, families, and students in workshops, events, field trips, interactive exhibits, and training courses that teach practical, environmental solutions at the household, workplace, and community levels. The Ecology Center believes that “when we connect our daily lives and activities to the natural cycles, we will be more productive, efficient, and most important, healthier and happier.”
I learned about the Ecology Center when I was invited to attend Chef’s Lunch. After the luncheon, I was given a tour of the grounds and saw some of the interactive exhibits.
They also shared with me 7 Sustainable Living Practices that anyone can incorporate in to their daily lives:
1. Water in the morning. This practice cuts down on evaporation, making sure plants get the water they need. Here in drought stricken California, it is vital to do everything possible not to waste water. Another way to be efficient with watering is to sprinkle hay around the base of plants. Not only does it help prevent evaporation, it also keeps the soil moist.
2. Buy local food. I explained with Tip #2 why this is so important for a healthy lifestyle.
3. Better yet, grow some of your own food. Learn to plant diverse crops. If you don’t have a lot of space, try container gardening. Start with something simple like an herb garden.
4. Plant vegetation that has multi-functionality. A rule with The Ecology Center is that nothing is wasted and everything has multiple purposes. For instance, peach trees not only produce fruit, but offer summer shade.
5. Use cloth napkins, ceramic dishes, and glassware. Cuts down on waste when you can reuse these items.
6. Compost leftovers. Of all of the ideas, this one is a little scary for me. Where do I keep the scraps so it doesn’t smell up my house? I found this great resource on line that answered my questions and tells how to get started.
7. Use biodegradable soaps. The best soaps vegetable based and compostable. After washing dishes with biodegradable soap, save the water and use it to water your plants.
#3- Get Healthy and Stay Healthy: Practice Sustainable Living
Being a conscientious consumer in our daily lives and activities allows us to be more productive and efficient with our natural resources, not to mention healthier and happier too!!