How to live a green, sustainable lifestyle Part Three: A Zero-waste life

So you’ve made yourself a compost bin, you sort your recycling, and you’ve got your takeaway coffee cup which you use religiously for those early morning wake-ups at your local. But the earth warrior within you, wants to do even more to help your environment…but what can you do?

Welcome to part three of our series on how to green up your lifestyle. This final article of our series focuses on creating a zero-waste lifestyle.

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How to live a green, sustainable lifestyle - Part 1: Easy Changes in Your Home

Everyday our newspapers and news feeds, are overflowing with negative information, stories, and reports on the declining state of our environment. This article stands to inspire you. It’s a guide to small changes and actions that everyone can make and take in their own lives to create a positive difference in the face of all of this environmental destruction.

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Coliving for the older generations

When people hear the buzzword of ‘coliving,’ generally a picture of young millennial's living together in a big shared apartment block comes to mind. But what about the opportunities coliving can offer for older generations? 

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Samantha Mythen
Coliving is the new home-owning

It is millennials and Generation Z who are leading the charge of the coliving movement around the world. After graduating from tertiary education and entering the workforce, millennials have come up against barriers to creating a happy living life for themselves. With high student debts and earning incomes much lower than their parents, it is nigh impossible to buy a house and rental prices are soaring. In what rooms are available, the wider living situations lack a sense of community. Coliving has arisen to address these problems.

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A defender of coliving

Coliving is not without its opponents. In the New Zealand housing climate, some people believe coliving spaces are really only just, “flash” adult dorms or expensive boarding houses. But there are also those who argue in defense of coliving; their voices focused on coliving being a positive, community centered project.

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Samantha Mythen
Why Choose Coliving?

The meaning and reasoning behind coliving is different to many people.

For young people, it is a way to explore the world, finding themselves an instant community of like-minded people. For professionals, coliving offers a new network of connections and team building opportunities, enriching their working experience. For the older generations, it is a way to combat the loss of community; a push back against the rise of loneliness that comes with age.

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A walkable urbanism renaissance

We, at Comunita are immensely supportive of sustainable urbanism. Our aim to build coliving homes, creating more life enriching urban areas, is founded on concepts of sustainability, community, and wellbeing. Foot Traffic Ahead brought out a new report last month confirming the benefits of sustainable urbanism, focusing on building walkable urban spaces in the United States of America.

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When in doubt, pedal it out

At the forefront of many people’s minds right now is the global need to reduce our carbon footprint.

The key is realising we all can make easy changes in our lives that can help the earth around us; when in doubt, pedal it out…

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Samantha Mythen
The Cost of Living

It is getting expensive to carve out and create a good life for ourselves in New Zealand.

Take Auckland, the biggest city in New Zealand, where living costs have been rising markedly within the last ten years. A household in Auckland will have $233 a week less spare money compared to Wellington, and $220 less than in Christchurch, as conducted by a PWC study.

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