In simplest terms, sustainable living is a lifestyle choice that attempts to reduce consumption of the earth’s natural resources. People who choose this way of living do so with the aim of reducing their carbon footprint by altering various methods such as diet, transportation and energy consumption. Some describe it as intentional living; being thoughtful and aware of the implications of your daily actions. Practitioners believe that living sustainably will allow us to conserve our limited resources more wisely so they will be available for future generations.
Creating a sustainable lifestyle means rethinking our way of living, what we consume, how we buy and being aware of the personal energy we use for transportation and in the home, and taking steps to reduce that energy use. It’s thinking about the products we purchase and their impact on our health as well as the environment. It’s giving consideration to waste produce and considering how it may be reduced, recycled or reused. In short, it’s taking no more than the environment can supply and renew and meeting one’s needs in the present without compromising the needs of future generations.