Sustainable living is the practice of reducing your demand on natural resources by making sure that you replace what you use to the best of your ability. Wikipedia defines ‘Sustainable Living‘ as,

“Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of the Earth’s natural resources and personal resources. Practitioners of sustainable living often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption, and diet. Proponents of sustainable living aim to conduct their lives in ways that are consistent with sustainability, in natural balance and respectful of humanity’s symbiotic relationship with the Earth’s natural ecology and cycles. The practice and general philosophy of ecological living is highly interrelated with the overall principles of sustainable development.”

At Wildwood Ranch, we offer a sustainable living community: Equestrian Estates. Equestrian Estates is one of Joplin’s most unique neighborhoods. This neighborhood is designed for families wanting to grow their own food, raise a limited number of animals or have a small orchard. Home sites are 1 to 5 acres featuring; paved road, underground power, natural gas, city water and sewer. So why would you want to live sustainably, anyway? Every day we make choices in our lives that affect the environment, climate, and other species. From what we eat to how many children we decide to have, there’s a lot we can do to reduce of environment footprint to leave more room for wild animals and plants.

See our five tips to sustainable living below!

1. Bring your own shopping bags

Don’t just take your reusable shopping bags to the grocery store…take them everywhere. Haul them to the Farmer’s Market, the Dollar Store, the hardware store, or anywhere you shop!

Make a small investment in a few shopping bags and reusable produce bags that will last several years, or better yet, make your own!

 

2. Think twice before shopping.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” may feel retro, but it’s just as important today as when the phrase was first coined. Every product we purchase has an environmental footprint, from the materials used to create it to the pollution emitted during manufacturing to the packaging that ends up in landfills.

3. Make sure your big purchases have big environmental benefits.

Make sure your big purchases have big environmental benefits. Not everyone can run out and trade in their old gas-guzzling clunker for the latest planet-friendly hybrid car. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing; manufacturing new cars takes a lot of resources too. But if you’re in the market for a new car, look for a fuel-efficient model — you’ll save thousands on gas money and reduce your carbon footprint over the years. If you’re buying a new refrigerator, washer or dryer, look for the Energy Star label to find the most efficient appliances. Need a new water heater? Consider upgrading to solar.

Learn more about fuel economy standards and then compare the gas mileage for new cars.

4. Drive less, Drive green.

Changing your driving habits can dramatically reduce your carbon footprint. Walk, bike, carpool or use public transportation whenever possible. Combine errands to make fewer trips. Participate in, or start, car-free days in your community. It’s also important to keep your car in shape with regular tune-ups and tire inflations.

These are just a few things that help make sustainable living easier for you and your family. If you are interested in learning more about Joplin’s sustainable living community, contact us at (417) 627-9675.