Yesterday I wondered how to decide what to dedicate my time and money to once I am financially independent. I’m still years away from that, but it makes sense to me to think about it now because there are things I can do in that direction.

It seems to me that my time and energy now is going into sustainability. I am combining green and thrifty and have come up with sustainable. Organic gardening is better for your health, better for the environment, and easier in your pocketbook (you don’t have to buy expensive fertilizers). Making your own cleaners is cheaper and better for you and the environment. Hanging clothes, ditto. Much of the stuff I’ve come across is better for the environment, our health, and our pocketbook.

The big downside is, of course, that it’s more labor intensive. Making one’s own clothing will give a better fit and more personalized style, but it takes time and some amount of skill. While canning jam isn’t actually difficult, it is time consuming and messy. Making food from scratch undeniably tastes better and is better for you, but takes longer than going through the drive through. Many people don’t feel like they have enough time as it is, add labor intensive activities and they won’t feel they have the time or energy to do them. It’s much easier to get jam from the grocery store.

There must be a way to promote sustainability as practical even for dual income families. And, sustainability isn’t necessarily the things that I’ve been doing, there are all kinds and levels of sustainable action. Most people think of sustainable as farming or agriculture, but it’s buying products with less packaging or recycled products. It’s growing your lawn without chemicals. It’s a lot of different things, some of which are pretty easy. The problem is, they’re not sexy. Gas guzzling luxury cars are considered sexy. Big houses with lots of wasted space are considered sexy. How can we make conservation attractive? If Robert Redford and the late Paul Newman couldn’t do it for the female audience, I don’t know what will.

I’ll have to do some research and look at what’s already out there as far as organizations that promote sustainability. I’ll have to figure out what my guinea pig husband would be willing to do. At least I have an idea of where I want my efforts to go for the time being. Exciting!

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4 Responses to Sustainability

  1. bmary says:

    If it makes you feel better, I don’t find giant cars and big houses sexy. I like dirty hands and hard work! Do you have friends who think like you? I’ve got a couple, and we’re newbies (to an extent) at most of this reuse, recycle, grow your own, mending, et cetera and we get together celebrate our skills (or lack thereof). You might be surprised how many people you know are into going green and thrifty! I certainly was, it’s like we all caught the buzz at the same time. I started posting some of my doings on facebook and a bunch of friends came out of the woodwork with similar interests. Now we’re like, the cool kids. Well, sort of. We try! Have your friends over to can with you or something like that. I have bread making parties and we cook dinner and eat bread and learn from each other. If you’re excited, which you clearly are, you can’t help but inspire other people! 😀

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