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The key to a sustainable living lifestyle is not found in expensive organic, vegan, gluten-free food, or paying for solar panels for your home with bikers lifestyle magazine. In fact, these strategies can actually increase your carbon footprint. The truth about a sustainable lifestyle exists in the triangle of air, water and soil that the three legs represent. These three ingredients are the most important things needed to live sustainably and therefore should be your focus when you want to start on a sustainable journey. With so much information available online about how you can start becoming greener in every way possible, it is hard to pick just one thing that will set you on your path.

1. Air 

The first thing you need to understand is that the air that you are breathing right at this moment is the same air your great grandparents were breathing. The air has not changed; it’s just that we have changed our relationship with it. Air, or oxygen, does not come out of a spray can and does not appear under a faucet when you turn on the water. Air is currency, most people don’t want to pay for it but since all living things need it to continue existing, in reality you’re paying for it everyday from the moment you’re born.

2. Water

The second thing you need to understand is that since water is an inescapable resource, you need to produce it yourself. A lot of people think that if they pay for water at the grocery store, they haven’t paid anything for it so it doesn’t count. This is false and you’re fooling yourself if you think this way. In reality, the water will cost about 30 cents for every gallon you buy in a plastic bottle. It takes almost 3 times more water to produce those bottles than is actually in them. Additionally, even if the bottle is recycled, it will still take over 1,000 years for the bottle to decompose in a landfill.

3. Soil

The third thing you need to understand is that soil doesn’t just come out of a bag that you buy from the store and put into your garden. It’s full of microorganisms and minerals that help it do its job which is to provide food for plants . When we start thinking about sustainable living, it’s important to understand these three key ingredients which can give us insight into how we can be more sustainable in our everyday lives .

There are many things that we can do to be more sustainable, but in order for most people to take a step towards a sustainable lifestyle it’s important to start thinking about these three main ingredients of air, water and soil. If you want to help in making a difference for the environment in your own life, maybe you can start by learning more about these ingredients and how they’re involved in creating healthy living choices.

The best way to learn anything is by talking with other people who are curious about the same topic you’re curious about. 

4. Grappling with controversy  

The majority of people believe that the best way to make a difference is by “going green” and buying eco-friendly products everywhere they shop. While wanting to do your part to create a better environment, it’s important to realize that not everybody will agree with you. A lot of people feel an urge to stick their foot in their mouths and speak their mind about any topic that is concerning or controversial.

The whole concept of being a green/sustainable person can be one of controversy or people still think it is a joke, but many are now starting to realize it isn’t a joke anymore .

5. Our health  

The last thing you need to consider is the health of your body. What does your body need to run properly? We all know that our bodies need air, water and food right? But are you sure that this is the only thing we need? If you were sent into space, your body would function perfectly fine without any of these things. 

Your body also needs a mind that is well balanced and free of stress as well as exercise in order to keep it healthy. With all this being said, it’s important to realize that everything doesn’t always go according to plan. You’ve probably heard phrases such as: “I’ll try my best” or “I can’t make any promises”. 


The idea of living sustainably is not just a trend or fad. A lot of people have jumped on the bandwagon thinking that it will help them to feel good about themselves, but deep down inside they don’t know what it’s about or why they’re doing it. So now you can say you are living in the sustainable lane and you know what that means, but only if you actually do something about it. Don’t waste your time with all those other things out there, focus on these three ingredients and remember to have fun along the way!


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