I can’t read anything in the news without something about climate change being said. It is important to keep this in mind in every aspect of my life. I must consider all of my life decisions and try not to abuse or exploit the precious resources of Earth. More and more businesses around the world are becoming environmentally friendly in the goods and services they produce. As I get ready to redecorate some of my living spaces, I am excited to see what kind of environmentally friendly choices I have.
There is more to living green than conserving electricity and recycling. Integrating daily living with all that surrounds a person can help to keep green living at the forefront of your mind. This mindfulness can become a lifestyle and making green decisions can become a natural habit.
One thing I am doing is capturing my sink, bath and laundry water. I have disconnected my toilets from the cabin’s main water line and I use my captured water from my sinks for flushing. Bath and laundry water is used for my gardening. This doesn’t mean I have unsightly buckets all about the house.
Since we live in a cabin, it has a crawl space underneath. It was very simple to redirect the drainage pipe for my washing machine and bathtubs to drain into a reservoir we created ourselves. We elevated the reservoir about six inches above the ground and routed a hose from it to a faucet outside the cabin in the back yard. Gravity causes the water to flow perfectly from a garden hose so I can keep my plants properly watered. Works like a charm. [Read more…]