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sustainable living





A lifestyle that could, in principle, be sustained with little or no change for many generations without exhausting any natural resources. The term can be applied to individuals or societies. Advocates of sustainable living tend to hold true sustainability as a goal or guide, and are willing to accept lifestyle tradeoffs favoring sustainability where practical. Most often these tradeoffs involve transportation, housing, energy, and diet.

Efforts to live more sustainably can take many forms: reorganizing living conditions on a community scale, reappraising economic sectors and work practices such as construction and agriculture, using science to develop new technologies, and adjustments in individual lifestyles (gardening, biking, etc.).


Related entries

   • voluntary simplicity
   • self-sufficiency
   • permaculture


Related categories

   • ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
   • SUSTAINABILITY AND GREEN LIVING