Entirely regenerative neighbourhoods - science fiction or soon-to-be reality?
Do you think we’ll reach a point in our lifetime of living in fully self-sufficient towns and villages? We recently read about a trial housing development growing its own food, producing its own energy, and turning its waste system into a closed-loop regenerative system. Sound a bit far-fetched? It might be a little way in the future, but that doesn’t mean it will be out of reach entirely.
We understand that compostable sawdust toilets aren’t for everyone, but if you’re interested in making your home a more sustainable, happier place to live here are a few tips to get you started on your way to living a ‘greener’ life:
Grow your own
Dedicate part of your outside space to cultivating an edible garden, and start to grow your own veggies and herbs. Not only is growing your own food a great way to be more responsible, but you’ll save money. You’ll be able to eat food in season (when it’s nutritionally best for you) and it gives you a rewarding hobby that can help to cope with stress. Get planting!
Don’t waste water
Water waste is a growing concern, and access to clean water isn’t something that everyone has at their fingertips, so it’s on all of us to behave more responsibly with this resource. Collecting rainwater to water plants or washing your car is an easy way to re-use water at no expense to you, and making sure that you have a full load of laundry before you switch on your washing machine will help to conserve it also.
Use natural sources to generate heat and electricity
Now might be the time to think about investing in solar panels for your home if you plan on living a more environmentally responsible life. If you have thought about using wind and water as other sources of generating electricity, it moves the focus away from fossil fuels and adopting these alternatives reduces carbon emissions. Reducing our reliance on these energy sources will be a big concern in the near future, so why not get ahead of the curve now?
There will be limits to what you can grow yourself so when you do have to venture out to restock, try to buy locally produced and sourced products. These will have incurred fewer carbon emissions in their manufacture and transportation so it’s a more responsible way to shop and make your home an all-round greener place to live.
Second hand furniture and fittings
Finding new uses for old, discarded items is definitely embracing the spirit of a regenerative neighbourhood, so before you throw something away, consider if it could be used elsewhere in your home. If you need new furniture, consider seeking second-hand options that you can make over with some paint and elbow grease. It’s a cheaper option too as you aren’t paying for all the new raw materials.