6 Sustainable Living Tips From Grandma
Back in February 2019, ecopreneur and co-founder of 2 Worlds, Raphael Amiens, shared some sustainability tips they learned from their grandmother on Instagram. We enjoyed them so much, that we asked to share them on our website.
The concept of sustainability is a constant discussion in public and business life. We all want to do our part to contribute to a more harmonious and sustainable lifestyle; the question is “how do we go about doing this?” Answers can spring from the unlikeliest of places and my 94-year old grandma has always been a wealth of wisdom. A fine example of this is her handy 6 tips for sustainable living. You might think that you have heard it all before, but take a gander and prepare to be amazed!
1. Plant a Garden
There is something about taking care of another living thing that can’t be put into words. I believe that this is doubly the case with plants since it requires tremendous patience. This is why my grandma recommended that we all plant a garden. I used to stand in awe when I beheld the number of fruits and vegetables that grew from my grandma’s little garden. The sight filled me with excitement and I am sure it filled her with a deep sense of accomplishment. We too can all partake in this wondrous experience. Planting a garden provides fresh food, reduces carbon output, and improves soil health.
We all hate clutter. But as we get older, we find it harder to get rid of anything. Our homes become filled with unnecessary items. Year after year, this stockpile of unwanted items continues to grow. Nanny’s recommendation was to make sure everything had a purpose. This made her home clear, clean, and free of clutter.
3. If it isn’t broken ... keep it.
I haven't been to my grandma's house in ten years. When I visited recently, it looked exactly the same way I remembered. Her adage is “if it isn’t broke, leave it” and she stuck to it. My immediate reaction was, “how do you still have all the same stuff?” Her reply was that she didn’t have a need to change anything that wasn’t broken. Even if things do break, try to fix them if possible before replacing them. Imagine how our lives would change if we all behaved this way.
4. Use a clothesline.
Basking in the sun is never overrated. There is just something about the glow of the sun that just brightens our day, figuratively and literally. Taking time to hang your clothes is an exhilarating way to keep them “so fresh and so clean”. Nanna was always keen on hanging clothes. Just think of the financial and energy savings produced by avoiding the use of a dryer.
5. Make meals from scratch and…
Cooking is not only a survival skill that everyone should possess, but it also makes you self-sufficient. My grandma cooks regularly. She utilizes fresh foods from the market and her carbon footprint is lowered. She also saves a ton of money.
6. …Freeze the leftovers.
Nothing goes to waste in nan’s house. An example of this is her purposeful habit of freezing almost every leftover. This keeps food edible and ready for consumption. It also decreases the amount of food that is wasted due to spoilage, an economical and environmentally beneficial way to be sustainable.