Sustainability is a state of mind and a way of life. By living a productive and sustainable life, you become the foundation of a healthy community. This includes paying attention to your health. Good physical and mental health is essential to allow people to fully participate and cooperate in community life. Also, individuals who contribute to local and global sustainability by adopting more responsible patterns of buying goods and services reduce resource consumption, making the whole earth healthier. Healthy, nonpolluting approaches at home and throughout the community can contribute to sustainability and support the local ecosystem.
You can start now: Be plastic and Styrofoam free; use stainless steel or glass water bottles; take your own containers for takeout; use reusable bags at the grocery store. Fill the sink! Don’t wash your dishes with the water running. Get off of junk mail lists! Use cold water to wash your laundry, and wash at non-peak hours (6-8 a.m. and 8-10 p.m.). Line dry your clothes. Unplug electronic devices when not in use. If they are not being used and are still plugged in, they are creating “phantom electricity.” It takes one person to make a difference; make that one person you!