Living sustainably means different things to different people. For me it's a daily practice; a mindset. It's about not buying fabricated and packaged fire starters even if I can afford them. It's about using what we have; recognizing the bounty that is around us. So when storms drop dead twigs to the ground, I collect some and use them in manageable sized pieces as fire starters during the winter months, when we rely on our wood stove for heat. It gives me a little outdoor time and activity too!
|A branch ready for snapping into bundles like those in the foreground|
Sustainability is also about planning to do my laundry on days when there is sunshine, instead of using my electric dryer, even though I have one. We have a natural resource that can do the work for us, the sun, so I choose to use its free and nonpolluting power. When the laundry doesn't dry fully on wintery days, I drape it on furniture once it's inside, bringing some much needed moisture to the dry air indoors. Win, win!
Using resources thoughtfully is a personal choice for me; it means using resources wisely, and being mindful of becoming swept up in 'created' consumer-mindset markets. It's about stopping and thinking about living more simply, of distinguishing between need and convenience. It's really about getting back to basics whenever you can.