It seems everywhere you look, people are talking about “going green”, so the concept of “green living”, or “sustainable living” is a well-known practice already. In fact, the act of completely “going green” and giving up on many indulgent luxuries takes a lot of courage and passion, which unfortunately, most of us are unwilling to go all out for.
Here are a few ways on how to “go green” without having to feel like you are giving up on too much, because awareness and small changes can make a big difference in the way we live and let live.
Many people think that bottled water is trustworthy, more cleaner and better tasting. But it is not true; most of the bottled water you buy is just glorified tap water. Ditching bottled water keeps Mother Earth and your wallet green. How? Because only 1 out of 5 plastic bottles is recycled whereas more than 100 million plastic bottles are used worldwide every single day! The rest gets buried somewhere.
Only a little over 2% of the world's water is fresh and only 1% is accessible drinking water. An estimated 50% of all household water usage is wasted; think about the water usage in your bathroom, personal care, kitchen and laundry.It is very important to conserve water in your home and outdoor as much possible.
Think about the alternatives; bicycling, walking, carpooling or riding bus are the best ways to save gas which also helps to decrease emissions. The best part is you will become healthier as exercise (bicycling, walking) will be a necessity.
Let the natural lights come through your window and doors. If you can use energy saving bulbs for your home and décor items at home because they use less energy and lasts more than the standard bulbs. It will also save your electric bills. Whenever you are done with your work, switch off appliances to save more energy. Also, think about building a solar panel on the rooftop of your home – if you really want to make an impact on the environment.
Your purchases have a real impact on the environment – for better or worse. Think how you can be smart while buying something you need. Go for chemical free products, buy in bulks, and invest in high-quality, long-lasting products. You might pay a little more, but it can be a relaxing step in the long run as you don't have to buy things frequently. It will save money, and packaging.
Modern life doesn’t approve growing food for you; think about it, humans have grown their own food for hundreds and thousands of years. Start with something simpler such as potted herbs or a potato sack; it can be grow nicely on a windowsill. Always look for sustainable, fair trade and environmental friendly food that helps the economy. Avoid food with containers and unnecessary packaging as it is processed. Look for farmers marker or local bazaar for fresh foods. Fill half of your plate with green vegetables and fruits.
There are plenty of items in your household that you can modify, reuse, and recycle. We can always do more to consume less. Plus it is a great way to cut down on waste and it will also save your money. So look for having reusable and frugal products for living green.
Having a green lifestyle doesn't need to be difficult or expensive. Try the above tips and focus on how you can help to make a greener planet. Creating and maintaining green practices around the home and workplace can give us a sustainable lifestyle.