Living sustainably means making sure you and the rest of the world have enough resources to live comfortably in the future.
Sustainable living is good for the environment and your wallet.
One of the most important steps toward sustainability is figuring out what you really need and not just what you want.
To live sustainably you need to beware of advertising and impulse buying, which makes you purchase things you don't really need or want.
You can start living more sustainably right now.
Learn all this and more in Sustainable Lifestyles in a Changing Economy.
Table of Contents
What Is a Sustainable Lifestyle? 8
What Do You Really Need to Live? 10
What Don't You Really Need to Live? 12
The Effects of Unsustainable Living on Your Finances 14
The Effects of Unsustainable Living on the Planet 16
Roadblocks to a Sustainable Lifestyle 18
High Expectations 20
Buying Things You Don't Really Need 22
Do Things Make You Happy? 24
Goals for Sustainable Living 28
Small Steps: Recycle, Reuse, Reduce 30
Small Steps: Eat Less Meat 32
Small Steps: Grow Your Own Vegetables 34
Small Steps: Can, Freeze, and Preserve 36
Small Steps: Use Less Energy 38
Small Steps: Shop at Secondhand Stores 40
Small Steps: Use Less Plastic 42
Small Steps: Think Before You Buy 44
Big Steps: Change the World! 46
Big Steps: Good-Bye to Fossil Fuels 48
Big Steps: Living Smaller, Living Slower 50
What Is Wealth? 52
You and the Planet 54
Here's What You Need to Remember 57
Words You Need to Know 58
Further Reading 60
Find Out More On the Internet 61
Picture Credits 63
About the Author and Consultant 64