Most RVers take conservation of our natural resources very seriously. Living full-time in an RV promotes the idea of self-sufficiency and honoring Mother Earth. It is much easier to live a green lifestyle in a smaller space and to be more aware of what it means to be eco-friendly. This alternative lifestyle lends itself to conserving more natural resources, which contributes to leaving a smaller footprint on the environment. It only requires making better choices that are much kinder to the environment as a whole. The choices become a habit when practiced on a daily basis.
Recycling has a Huge Impact on the Environment
Most RV parks make recycling easier for the residents by providing recycling bins at various locations throughout the park. These recycle bins are usually labeled to designate the contents. Paper and cardboard are the most recycled items, but plastic and aluminum cans also have an adverse effect when improperly disposed of. Residents should keep bags inside their RVs and dispose of the contents daily. Reusable recycling bags work well and eliminate more trash that must be properly disposed of as well. Regular recycling of waste that is harmful to the environment soon becomes a habit that is beneficial for everyone.
Reducing Waste is a Good Place to Start
Living in a small space with limited storage makes reducing unwanted waste much easier to accomplish. Many full-timers buy in bulk from “big box” stores and repackage them in containers that fit well in limited storage spaces. When food comes in single-serving packages, it just adds to the total amount of trash. Cooking fresh foods that do not come in cans or bags helps eliminate unnecessary waste that must be thrown away.
Water Conservation Equals Saving Money and Natural Resources
Estimates indicate that the average American home uses approximately 200 gallons of water a day. RV living allows residents to drastically reduce the amount of water usage through careful monitoring and simple water saving tactics. Water does not need to be running the entire time when washing or rinsing dishes. Taking a shower or brushing teeth allows the user to turn the water on and off as needed. It takes practice and determination to save water, but it can become a habit when done regularly. Because the toilet in an RV does not have a tank, it only requires less than a gallon to flush.