These 5 simple tips can help you live a more sustainable and green life…
You hear a lot of buzz about “green living” and living an eco-conscious lifestyle, but what does it really mean to live a green life, and how can you take steps towards making your own life greener?
Green or sustainable living means leading a lifestyle that respects the environment and the world around you, and attempts to conserve its resources wherever possible. It also means choosing to use renewable resources rather than those that are not easily replenished. Finding a balance is essential if we are to enjoy sustained life on this planet far into the future.
This may sound challenging, but in fact, there are many simple ways that you can choose to live a green life.
Here are just a few green and eco-conscious lifestyle habits to incorporate into your daily routine:
One of the easiest changes you can make is to switch to organic foods. By helping sustain organic markets and farms, you are helping reduce the use of chemicals in our food and soil. Some say that organic eating can be expensive, and while this can be true, it doesn’t have to be. You can shop at local farmers markets as well as do your own gardening or farming. Many people have taken to creating their own fruit and vegetable gardens as well as housing chickens for fresh eggs. This option may take some money to get started, but once you’ve got a garden going, it is easy and inexpensive to keep it running.
Be Mindful of Your Water Usage:
Instead of reducing showers or abstaining from flushing the toilet, there are other ways to preserve water. For example, set a time frame for your shower, shut off the water while brushing your teeth and washing your face, and water your garden in the early morning right before the sun comes up when it is cooler and there is a higher chance of all the water absorbing into the soil.
Turn Off Lights When You Leave the Room:
The best way to conserve energy is to turn off lights and some appliances when you leave the room. If you typically leave lamps or the television on when you are not in a room, train yourself to always turn these things off when you plan to vacate a room for an extended amount of time. A quick run to the bathroom doesn’t require shutting off all lights and power, but if you’re in your bedroom and decide to go spend some time in the backyard, don’t leave things up and running.
If you typically drive a lot and would like to reduce your carbon footprint, cut down the use of your car. Instead, take walks or ride a bike, skateboard, scooter, or even rollerblade to your destination. If you’re unable to give up driving, maybe invest in a “green” vehicle that uses less gas and doesn’t give off toxic emissions.
Save Your Own Resources:
Another great way to live sustainably is to preserve your own personal resources. This means being smart about how much you use and how much you save. For example, when it comes to food, eat smaller portions and wrap up leftovers. Eating your food quickly can only mean you are spending more on groceries which, let’s face it, can be pretty expensive. Similarly, things like toothpaste, paper plates, paper towels, body wash, lotions, and so much more can be used up quickly. It all circles back to the consumer-thought process of using more than there is and not thinking ahead. Instead, look at these things practically and do what you can to make them last. Use the smallest necessary amount of toothpaste to get your teeth clean, stick to a dime-sized amount of body wash or shampoo in the shower, don’t overuse paper plates and paper towels just because they are there. For those who do not want to give up the convenience of paper plates, look for sustainable paper plates that biodegrade.