It’s estimated that we use about 40% more resources in a year than what nature produces in modern life. In other words, if we continue at the rate we’re going; eventually, the world will run out of natural resources.
That’s where the idea of sustainability comes in. Let’s dive in and learn all about this critical concept and what you can do to contribute to a more sustainable way of life.
Have you ever seen a squirrel toss his styrofoam lunch container in the trash? No?
You’ll never find a deer or a fox leaving trash in the woods, but nature has waste. The difference is that nature’s waste is cyclical, whereas ours in linear. When we drop our trash into a hole in the ground, that’s the end of the line. It stays there slowly breaking down into smaller pieces over hundreds of years.
When the squirrel tosses out a nutshell, his actual lunch container, it decomposes and becomes food for plants and trees to grow.
Going zero waste is all about taking our linear waste process and making it cyclical. Check it out!
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” - Audrey Hepburn
We first began gardening for wildlife 14 years ago after purchasing our 130-year-old farmhouse. It began with consolidating 19 garden beds on our property to make it a little easier for my husband and I to manage when it was only the two of us. It makes me laugh to think all these years later that we were actually just relocating those garden beds instead of truly reducing and simplifying. We planted a few plants that we knew would attract hummingbirds and butterflies. We also planted some native species of plants, given it’s a great low-maintenance solution.
Founder of Green Haven Living, a Veteran of the United States Air Force, former Human Resources professional, and Environmentalist.