Sustainability Starts With Small Acts of Kindness

Speaking of infographics, here’s an interesting one about how much land a family of 4 would need to sustainably produce their own food and electricity.

Infographic via

Interesting. Two acres is less land than you might imagine. Food manufacturers would have us believe that we need to grow acres and acres of crops to mass produce food through industrial methods and that this is the correct way to feed the world’s population.

On the other hand, I do take issue with this persistent “all-or-nothing” attitude when it comes to environmentalism and sustainability. For some reason, no matter how simple or elegant the proposed solution is, people get sidetracked by fear that it will have to involve immediate, radical change.

Let’s be practical. As tempting as it may be, you don’t actually have to quit your job, sell your house and relocate to a beautiful pastoral fantasy farm just to live a more sustainable lifestyle. You can start today.

Why not start with a few small acts of kindness, like:

  • Grow your favourite herbs instead of buying them?
  • Grow 1 or 2 kinds of vegetable that your family loves?
  • Try Meatless Mondays?
  • Start composting your table scraps?
  • Start charging some of your devices with small-scale solar panels from your local hardware store?

As I’ve said before, thinking you can’t grow food because you don’t own a farm is like thinking you can’t sew because you don’t own a textile factory.

You don’t need to live here to embrace sustainability.
Of course it wouldn’t hurt…

(Art:  Sunset at Riverbend Farm by Thomas Kinkade)

You don’t need 2 acres of land to live more sustainably. It doesn’t have to be hard, intimidating or expensive. It doesn’t have to wait for ‘someday.’ It just takes a bit of conscious effort to adjust your day-to-day habits.

What small acts of kindness for the planet do you include in your daily life?
What other steps could you and your family take towards greater sustainability or respect for the environment?



  1. hopeschaitkin · April 27, 2012

    Awesome infographic. And I agree, it’s important to start small with a few different efforts to conserve and reduce your waste. In fact, The Green Life Online recently posted about sharing our resources instead of buying too much. Check it out here, and let me know what you think!

  2. imbuteria · April 27, 2012

    Reblogged this on Imbuteria's Blog.

  3. lightlycrunchy · April 27, 2012

    We just started vegetable gardening again last year. We have about an acre of garden, but we also feed 4 families, bring produce to coworkers and our kids sell pumpkins for fun money. It’s working great, tastes good, is healthier, cheaper and makes us feel good about our efforts.

    • Katherine Toms · April 28, 2012

      Sounds amazing! Gardening is good exercise too, but a lot more fun than going to the gym.

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