30 Ideas on How to Live More Naturally and Sustainably

Living naturally is a noble goal that sometimes can feel a bit overwhelming. The best thing you can do is take it one step at a time.  Here are a few ideas to get you started!

  1. Buy and Eat Organic. This is the best way to reduce the number of chemicals that you ingest on a daily basis. And when you do eat you get a lot more bang for your buck. Organically grown foods have a lot more vitamins, minerals, micronutrients, and enzymes than conventionally grown food. And frankly organically grown food tastes better.
  2. Avoid all GMOs. Look at labels very carefully. The best option is to grow your own food and/or buy only organic foods.
  3. Avoid all animal products that have been administered hormones, drugs, and antibiotics. In fact even if you personally don’t take antibiotics you most likely have consumed it through eating animal products. More than 70% of all antibiotics are used in the animal product farming industry. Choosing organic animal products is essential to your health.
  4. Cut Out Sugar. It’s virtually a legal drug that will get and keep you sick for life.
  5. Make Your Own Vegetable Broth. Keep all of your veggies scraps in the freezer until you have a pot full. Then simmer them for several hours and then strain to create an amazing broth. It’s both healthier and less wasteful.
  6. Plan Your Meals and Shop with a List. This is important and less wasteful as you tend to buy less when you shop with a list. Couple this with checking out the contents of your food pantry, refrigerator, and freeze to see what you already have on hand. Not only will you be more organized you will also waste less food.
  7. Buy Local and from Farmers’ Markets Whenever Possible. Not only will you support the local farmers in your area but you will also be kinder to the environment. Food that is trucked in usually travels by semi-truck and thus burns quite a bit of fossil fuel.
  8. Choose Eco-Friendly Kitchen Supplies. Replace your plastic with glass containers. Use cloth towels instead of paper towels.
  9. Ditch the Teflon. Non-stick surfaces like Teflon are detrimental to your health as they contain 15 different toxins and carcinogens. Instead, look for cast iron or stainless steel.
  10. Replace Your Appliances with Energy Efficient Ones. Look for Energy Star Rated appliances.
  11. Garden in Your Kitchen. Did you know that you can grow vegetables from your veggie scraps. This works with celery, romaine lettuce, potatoes, ginger, onions, garlic, and more.
  12. Put Your House Plants to Work. Houseplants like Boston ferns, palms, peace lilies, and mother-in-law tongue can remove formaldehyde and mercury vapor from the air. Think you don’t have it in your house? Think again. Formaldehyde is emitted by natural gas stoves, flooring and carpet glues, caulks, paints, sealants, and more!
  13. Use Green Cleaning Products. Green cleaning does not have to be expensive. You can clean practically everything with vinegar and water. Baking soda can be used as a scrub. Do not use vinegar, lemon or anything acidic on granite or marble surfaces. 
  14. Try Composting. In 2010 Americans wasted about 33 million tons of food. Instead of throwing away scraps compost them. You can use this rich soil on your house plants in the garden.
  15. Go Against the Grain. Question everything. Seek answers to your questions. Don’t blindly follow the status quo. 
  16. Homeschool Your Children. Your time with your kids will pass in a blink of an eye! Cherish every moment with them!
  17. Don’t Buy Commercially Produced Food and Instead Cook from Scratch. When it comes in a package it is overly processed and more like a food-like substance. Why pollute your body? Cooking from scratch takes preplanning, but think of it like health insurance. You are what you eat!
  18. Raise Chickens in Your Backyard. There is nothing like fresh eggs produced by happy chickens.
  19. Grow A Garden. As long as you have space you can grow in the ground or in a container. When you source your own food there is more peace of mind.
  20. Exercise Daily. Good health brings freedom and a better life.  You look better, feel better, and will give the pharmaceutical industry less money.
  21. Meditate and/or Pray Daily. Taking the time to stop, look, and listen reduces stress and connects you to your soul.
  22. Eat Mostly Plants. Industrial livestock generates as much greenhouse gas emissions as all cars and trucks combined. Cutting industrial livestock out of your diet will keep you from consuming large amounts of hormones, antibiotics, and drugs these animals are given. We could all probably use more veggies in our diet. And if you eat meat chose organic. 
  23. Avoid Medications As Much As Possible. There are lots of side effects listed for pharmaceuticals for a reason. Eating well and exercising is the best medicine! Try herbs, essential oils, and homeopathic alternatives to help you recover.
  24. Practice Minimalism. The outside world wants us to believe that we need every little “toy” out there that is available to us. Start out by going from room to room in your house and decluttering. If you don’t need it, donate it. It doesn’t mean you can’t have things, it just means that you consider how much you really need them!
  25. Use Energy Efficient Lighting. Look for EnergyStar-rated, shatter-resistant, compact fluorescent light bulbs or LEDs.
  26. Turn Off the TV. Play with your kids, read books, play board games, go for a walk, etc. You will save energy in your home and keep yourself out of the negative energy of Hollywood and the press.
  27. Recycle and Reuse. Not only does buying less clutter your house less, but it also means less stuff to get rid of. Recycle your bottles, plastics, glass, and paper. Reuse containers for other purposes. 
  28. Unplug What You Aren’t Using. Most electronics draw energy when they are plugged in and not in use. 
  29. Learn Something Every Day. We can only do better when we know better. Strive to challenge your brain and learn as much as possible. 
  30. Use Your Own Water Bottle. Ditch the plastic bottles. Instead, use something like a Kleen Kanteen. It’s BPA-free and made of stainless steel. It’s easily washed and not bad for the environment. 

Author

  • Elizabeth Hanson

    I’m Elizabeth, a passionate mom determined to create a healthy and wholesome environment for my family and others. My commitment to organic foods and non-toxic living drive every aspect of my life as I strive to provide the best products and choices for my family. My journey began as a little girl watching my Grandma Peg lead a natural lifestyle in her home and garden. She became an organic farmer before organic was even a thing. She lived to be well over 100 years old and I am confident that her natural lifestyle choices helped her live that long. She was a truly inspirational woman! As I grew older I became acutely aware of the hidden dangers posed by unknown toxic chemicals in our everyday products. This revelation ignited a fire within me, and I delved deep into researching products that I could use daily to avoid hurting myself, my family, my home, and the environment. From nourishing organic meals to eco-friendly household products, our home has become a sanctuary for health and wellness. As a single mom, I am also perfecting how to do this efficiently and inexpensively. I’ve learned that with a little effort, and making baby step changes, non-toxic and eco-friendly living is not that hard. This realization has led me on a mission to help others do the same. I feel an unyielding calling to help other families navigate this journey also. To reach out and share the knowledge and experiences that I have gained over the years I started this blog to provide practical tips, expert advice, and product reviews to empower other people to make informed choices. Seeing the positive impact of non-toxic living on my family and witnessing the transformative changes in others’ lives has only fueled my dedication further. Whether it’s guiding my kids towards healthier choices or advocating for safer practices in our community, I am always striving to make a difference. My dream is to see every family thrive in a toxin-free environment, cherishing life’s simple and natural pleasures. Through my journey as a mother, advocate, and mentor, I hope to be a beacon of hope and inspiration for countless families seeing a safer, more fulfilling way of life. Together, we can create a world where everyone can embrace non-toxic living and live a brighter, healthier future.

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