The goal of eco friendly prepping isn’t just to survive but to do so while living in harmony with the environment.
It can sometimes be overwhelming to think of all the ways our actions impact the environment. But the good news is you don’t have to do everything perfectly to reduce your carbon footprint.
These practical, eco friendly prepping ideas are designed to help you live a more environmentally conscious lifestyle while still being prepared for any emergency.
Sustainable Prepping Ideas
A sustainable approach to prepping is all about being aware of our environmental impact and taking steps to reduce it. These ideas can help you do just that!
Rotate Your Food Supply
Keeping a supply of non-perishable food items is important for eco friendly prepping. Often, though, these foods end up sitting for months or even years at a time, and they end up going bad.
To reduce waste, regularly check on the expiration dates of the foods in your prepper pantry. When canned and dried goods are coming up on their best-buy date, go ahead and use them. Then, replenish your stock with new items.
To make this task easier, keep older items in the front and put new items in the back. Schedule a time to check on the items, such as every six months.
Reduce Water Consumption
Reducing water consumption doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking. Small steps can add up to make a big difference.
Rain barrels are an easy way to collect water and save it for when you need it. Use the water for cleaning or watering the garden.
Low-flow faucets and appliances are a good way to use less water without resorting to shorter showers or doing less laundry.
Invest in Renewable Power Sources
Using renewable power sources makes perfect sense for the eco-conscious prepper. They make it easy to limit your reliance on other sources of energy while reducing your carbon footprint.
Solar panels are fairly inexpensive and can be easily installed at home. Geothermal heat pumps and wind energy systems are also good options to look into.
Focus on Reducing Waste
Reducing waste is a huge way to practice sustainable prepping. A few simple changes can make a big difference and help your wallet at the same time.
Storing water is an important part of any prepping strategy. To make it more eco friendly, reuse containers for water storage rather than purchasing single-use plastic water bottles.
For drinking water, make sure to use food-safe containers. Empty milk jugs or juice bottles, glass food jars, and similar items all work well for this purpose. Don’t put drinking water in a container that was ever used to hold anything other than food or beverages. Residue can leak into your water and contaminate it.
Instead of throwing away old and worn-out clothing and other textiles, turn them into practical items for your emergency preparedness kit.
Stained or torn clothing can be repaired or set aside for your emergency storage. You might not want to wear these items out and about, but in an emergency, they’ll work just fine.
Badly damaged or worn clothing can be cut apart and made into quilts. The same for old blankets. Old towels can be used to make bandages or insulation for cold weather.
Purchase Things Used
As an eco-friendly prepper, try to use what you already have before purchasing anything. Many items can be reused or upcycled to make them work for what you need.
When that’s not possible, look at purchasing items used. Things like tarps, backpacks, shelving for food storage, and many more are just as good when purchased second-hand.
Opt for Biodegradable Products
For things that must be purchased new (like hygiene products) look for biodegradable options.
Eco Friendly Prepping in the Garden
Growing your own food is beneficial in so many ways. If you don’t already have a garden, start one today!
Grow More Food
To keep your long-term food storage eco friendly, buy less and grow more.
When considering what to plant, opt for varieties that have a long shelf life or can be easily canned. Grains, winter squash, potatoes, and beans are all good options.
Instead of purchasing seeds year after year, use your own.
At the end of the growing season, collect seeds from the healthiest plants and save them to plant next season.
Use a Greenhouse
Greenhouses help you grow more food by extending the growing season. You won’t have to purchase as much fresh food from the store because you’ll have access to homegrown, healthy food all year round.
With a greenhouse, you can grow your own fresh food even in the dead of winter.
Compost takes what would otherwise be waste and turns it into valuable fertilizer for the garden.
Green waste is a huge contributor to greenhouse gasses in the environment. Keeping that waste out of the landfills is good for your garden AND the planet.
If you don’t already have a compost pile, it’s easy to start one. Just choose a spot in your yard or get a compost bin.
Fill it with green waste such as food scraps, used coffee grounds, and grass clippings. Add plenty of brown matter like dried leaves, cardboard, and wood chips. Rotate the pile regularly (or turn your bin) and over time that waste will turn into beautiful, rich compost.
Wrapping up Eco Friendly Prepping
Eco friendly prepping is all about rethinking current methods and finding ways to make them more sustainable. You don’t have to change everything all at once, just get started! Take a few ideas from this list and implement them today.
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