Have you ever heard the phrase low impact living and wondered what it is? It almost sounds like it means you live your life not moving around a lot. That's not exactly it, though. Low impact living refers to the amount of impact you have on the planet. That's at its absolute basic breakdown, but it's really more than that. Here's what it means to live a low impact life.
How to Achieve Low Impact Living
You have to really plan to live a low impact lifestyle today. We live in such a disposable world that it's hard to not just run out and buy new all the time. And really, nothing is created to last anymore. Furniture, appliances, and even computers either don't last or become obsolete the moment you make the purchase. But living a life with as little impact as possible on the planet is not impossible to achieve. Here's what you need to do:
* Invest in your future. No, this doesn't mean education. Invest in things like cloth grocery bags, cloth produce bags, a reusable water bottle/coffee mug, bus pass or bike. These things can pay off in the end. While you might have to purchase those grocery bags initially, many grocery stores give you a refund for each bag you use of your own. You could pay off the purchase of these bags in just a few trips to the grocery store.
* Be prepared. Keep a few cloth grocery bags in your car and an extra water bottle/coffee mug. You never know when you'll need to run to the grocery store for something and you don't want to be caught unprepared for that trip and have to use the store's plastic bags. So being prepared will come in handy.
* Cook from scratch. Making your own sauces will use less garbage. Less waste means less impact on the environment.
* Live a minimalist lifestyle. Only purchase the clothes that you need to get you through until you wash again. Plan your shopping trips and don't stray from them. Making your own clothes will lower your impact on the environment as well. Being able to mend your own clothes instead of throwing them out will be great too.
* Buy used. Shopping in thrift stores is a good way to get some great gently used items that you need in your home. If your refrigerator goes and it can't be fixed, go with used instead of buying new. Older appliances are easier to repair anyways so you'll save money this way.
* Recycle and compost. When something has outlived its usefulness to you, that doesn't mean it's no longer useful to someone else. That refrigerator that's not worth repairing could make great parts for a refrigerator repairman. So see if you can find someone to take it off your hands.
* Refuse, reduce, reuse, and recycle whenever you can. If you follow this method of thinking when it comes to the way you live, then you'll live a low impact life.
Low impact living does not mean you have to give up certain luxuries and comforts. You can still live a very full life while also remaining a small blip on the screen of life. So give low impact living a try. You might find it to be really easy to achieve and maintain.
Until Next Time
Dominus Owen Markham
Off Grid Toolbox