Maybe you have started thinking about tiny house living, drawing floor plans of the perfect tiny space, or perhaps you have never even heard of it before. Regardless of your expertise, veganism and tiny houses go hand in hand for many reasons. Both start with ideas that revolve around making the world a kinder and more compassionate place to live in. Whether saving the animals or saving trees, the notion that we can make decisions that affect the future start with the decisions we make today. There is more to veganism than just what we eat!
Tiny Houses And The Environment: Less Stuff, Less Impact
A tiny house equals a tiny amount of material. In a country where homes are an average of 2,600 square feet, tiny homes are classified as those that are 600 square feet or less. That equals a lot less wood, insulation, metal, waste and materials. Most tiny house builders use reclaimed materials as a way to cut down on the consumption of new materials, save money and to add character to the homes. In addition, greener materials are often used, such as insulation made out of recycled jeans and bamboo flooring.
Less space also means less area to heat and cool. Many tiny homes feature solar panels to light, heat and cool their homes. Going “off-grid” is a popular option for many tiny home owners. Not only does it have less impact on the environment, but also makes them self-sufficient and able to go anywhere without worrying about hooking up their utilities to outside sources. Some even opt for composting toilets, which save on water.
With under 600 square feet of living space, there is a lot less room for “stuff.” Decluttering your physical space will help declutter your mental space. How many times do you look around your home and say, “Look at all that stuff!” There’s probably a bunch of stuff that has been sitting in your house that you have not even touched in years. When you learn that you can live without it, it opens more space in your life that you can truly enjoy.
Most vegans are concerned with environmental issues, and going tiny is a great solution. Whether you are building your own tiny house or buying one from a builder, you can rest assured that your carbon footprint will remain tiny. Just as much as veganism is a lifestyle, so is tiny house living. They both start with major changes and become more rewarding the longer you stick with it.
What Does This Have To Do With Being Vegan?
This is where the vegan lifestyle can marry wonderfully with tiny house living. Most tiny homes come with tiny refrigerators. There may not be room enough to store a lot of food, and many vegans tend to eat fresh foods and vegetables anyway. This provides the opportunity to restock your healthy foods daily and have less food hanging around in the back of your fridge.
Many tiny homes are built in spaces where there is more open land around them, so can consider building a garden. You may be able to pick fresh fruits and vegetables right from your own backyard. Another great thing that tiny home owners do is compost as a way to recycle- and fertilize their gardens!
The majority of tiny houses consist of open floor plans, so if you cook something in the kitchen, chances are the entire house and everything in it will smell like it. Thankfully, vegans would not have to worry about the smell of meat clinging to every porous surface of their house.
Tiny Houses And Vegans: Life & Style
Tiny houses are adorable. As a child, who did not love hiding in small spaces, pretending a closet was a castle or a bunch of pillows was a fort?
Whether you are seriously thinking about moving into a tiny home, or just find them extremely fascinating, just know that being vegan and the tiny house movement are a perfect fit. You can create a completely rewarding lifestyle from what you eat to where you live and feel great about both, one tiny step at a time.
Have you thought about living in a tiny house? What do you think about it? Tell us in the comments!