Living in an eco-friendly home does not mean always having to buy expensive eco-friendly equipment, installing energy-saving windows, and using recycled materials. Although these are all part of “green living,” there is actually more to it than you might think. There is much more to understand about living in an ecologically friendly home.
According to a post from Ecotecture, the epitome of an ecological house is one that produces no waste since the resource flow is circular. A standard home does not have this circular resource flow. The resources that come in or are produced in a typical house are used and sometimes degraded until they become unusable. What is left is then disposed of into the environment, sometimes even as toxic waste. This leaves the loop open. There is nothing that the environment can receive in return from our homes and from the resources that we used.
The post further explains that the real key to sustainability is to circulate stored energy as exchanged nutrients until they make their way back to plants. You can actually do this by making compost out of your food scraps and using them to start a garden or by storing shower water for the fruit-bearing trees in your yard, and more.