Your home is your castle, but if that castle is drafty and inefficient, your energy usage could be much more than you thought — not to mention the extra money you are wasting trying to heat and cool your living space.
Increasing the energy efficiency of your home, so that it is not consuming more gas or electricity than it needs to, can also help reduce negative impacts on the environment.
If you like eating plastic, you can stop reading now. On the off chance that you are concerned about consuming plastics, or the chemicals they could be leaching into your food and drinking water, read on.
Plastic waste has been a problem for years. If you need evidence of that, do a quick internet search on the Great Pacific garbage patch, or even better, take a walk along a local river or ocean beach. Most likely you will see some sort of plastic trash along your journey. But, not all plastic pollution is easy to see, and not all of it is as simple to remove as plucking a flower.
Our lives are enmeshed with plastics — from the computer or phone you are most likely reading this on to the toys your children play with to the containers your food comes in. It’s literally everywhere, and it’s even becoming a part of our food system.
In the small, rural community of Bahama just north of Durham, N.C., a freshly paved road winds through the middle of two pastoral fields filled with wildflowers, past a burgeoning orchard, and into the middle of a clearing surrounded by a lush green forest. This road is the beginning of a first for the area — an agrihood.
Today’s disposable lifestyle is not sustainable. Fast fashion, chemical laden beauty products, highly processed foods, copious amounts of screen time, and one-use plastics create waste in the environment and in our bodies. The word “natural” once signified safe choices, but not so much anymore.
Living a natural, sustainable lifestyle is about daily choices — choices in the foods you eat, choices in how you spend your money, choices in how you live your life daily, choices in what products you utilize, and so much more. The almost Natural Mama explores ways to help increase sustainable living for everyone.