Bringing the Outside Inside
Sustainable is defined as...
- capable of being sustained
a : of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged sustainable techniques sustainable agriculture
b : of or relating to a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods sustainable society
The definition is quite broad and can be a bit overwhelming to understand how we as consumers, homeowners, etc. can be good stewards of our planet. This featured photo made me ponder how I can become more responsible when it comes to sustainability. The reflection of the windows captures the surrounding trees, making it appear as if the inside of the building is a leafy, sprouting forest. How wonderful would it be to make any inside space a living treehouse! Unfortunately, most inside spaces do not complement or replenish the environment.
For those who scoff at the environment/save the planet talk, think about it economically. There are everyday things we can do to do our part and save money along the way. Who doesn't like that? The Huffington Post published an article detailing in a nifty infographic 50 cost-efficient ways to become more eco-friendly.
Let's not be naive, we absolutely need major sustainable infrastructure investments, major shifts in energy production, and adjustments on how we stay mobile, but many people forget how small habitual changes can make you brighter (#6), a better pet-lover (#9), a little more social (#8), and bring you closer to having a treehouse feel (#23).