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Sustainable Home: Your Guide to A Green New Year

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Looking for more ways to kick off your new year’s resolutions & go green? This is your ultimate home guide.

One of the first books I purchased while trying to convert my home practices, Sustainable Home is a stylish, inspirational and practical guidebook to maintaining a more environmentally friendly household.

Sustainable home design at its finest

Sustainable lifestyle blogger and professional Christine Liu takes you on a tour through the rooms of your home – the living area, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. She offers tips, tricks and 18 step-by-step projects designed to help you lead a more low-impact lifestyle. Whether its by making your own toothpaste, converting to renewable energy sources, reducing your consumption of plastic, growing your own herb garden or upcycling old pieces of furniture, there are numerous ways – both big and small – to make a difference. 

With environmental issues at the forefront of global politics, the desire to make small changes on an individual level is on the rise; this book will guide anyone hoping to make a difference, but who perhaps don’t know where to begin. We can begin by researching and finding resources. And TexasRealFood is your guide.

We can’t all live in earthship homes – but it is fun to learn about them! Don’t Flush Your Freedom is a great documentary about the Earthship Academy in New Mexico. Personally, I love to learn about all areas of sustainability – the architecture is beautiful, the processes are easier, and the way of life just seems more meaningful.

If you haven’t come across Christine Liu, she runs the site (and YouTube channel) called Simply By Christine. She focuses on ways to improve your life by simplifying the way you live and ensure that everything you do is sustainable.

Live simply, sustainably and responsibly.

Think about your impact on earth and how you can make your footprint delicate rather than a big stomp. This author has incorporated some ideas that will allow less waste and better utilization of the earth’s abundance.

The topics Christine Liu mentions include:

  • Living: minimalism, energy, furniture and indoor plants
  • Kitchen: sustainable foods, plant-based foods, food waste, cooking equipment and techniques
  • Bedroom: closets, repair, repurposed clothing, sustainable sleep
  • Bathroom: toothpaste, body care, hair care, water waste, cleaning materials
  • Outdoor: greening the workplace, dining out, going places, taking action

There’s nothing more fun than undertaking projects that make your home a nicer place to live. Our homes are our sanctuaries, they’re the places we retreat from the world and the better they feel, the better we feel. You can learn how to organize the kitchen for a healthier you this New Year. Or find inspiration on how to use your leftovers this holiday season by reading this article! At TexasRealFood, we aim to give you the resources you need to make informed decisions.

You can grab a copy of Sustainable Home on Amazon here.

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