5. Embracing Low-carbon Lifestyles


Excessive consumerism is morally, socially and ecologically bankrupt as more and more people are realising. Minimalists know that the best things in life really are free. Eco village life allows people to buy less, own less, clean and maintain less while sharing and experiencing more. This is one of the fun challenges of living in a tiny house/smaller dwelling.

Libraries of tools, toys, games and books can be set up to allow for sharing and better use of resources. By growing food, sharing expenses and even growing building materials such as bamboo, expenses will be kept down which means that people can minimise paid work too.

Smaller Housing

Many housing issues stem from the fact that Australians have the largest houses in the world. The tiny house movement has exploded into public consciousness. Benefits of smaller housing include:

1. less ecological damage and a smaller physical footprint,

2. a healthier lifestyle with more time outdoors,

3. less cleaning and maintenance and

4. greater flexibility.

Living spaces at the eco village could include tiny houses (on wheels, fixed or units in a larger development) or shared rooms in existing housing already built on a purchased property.

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