What is Living Green?
A lot is being said and written about living green these days. Most people don’t really understand what the concept of living green actually means. Living green is living your life in an environmentally responsible and eco-friendly way in an effort to decrease the ecological impact you’ll have on the world around you.
Simple Things You Can Do
There are a number of simple things we can do daily to lessen our footprint on the environment. Some of the most common include recycling, using alternative energy sources, using green construction methods, and making organic food choices to name a few.
Becoming educated on living green is the first step. If we want our children and grandchildren to live in a world we would want to leave them , we need to start doing things now. There are many great sources of knowledge and information about living green and the part it plays in decreasing global warming and preserving the planet.
Simple things can make a huge difference. How about using organic flowers and plants for decorations instead of artificial flowers from the supermarket. Consider using rechargeable batteries instead of disposable batteries. The next time you buy a new item of clothing, consider recycling something you already own. Having invitations made up for your next party? Why not consider making your invites on the computer and emailing them or using recycled paper.
These ideas may not seem like much, but they’ll make a huge contribution to the environment when multiplied exponentially as we all begin to do these little things. The little things can add up to a huge total. No one can be expected to completely change their lifestyle overnight. But by making just a few changes in our daily lives, and encouraging our children to do the same, we’ll be making a huge impact on the problem of global warming. Rather than making huge changes in your lives, try adopting new methods of doing the same things. For instance, next time you go shopping for a snack, look for items that use recyclable packaging. Or, rather than buying bottled water day after day, consider refilling the bottle a few times before tossing it. An even better idea is investing in an eco-friendly stainless steel water bottle. You’re still going to be drinking the water you love so much, but you’ll be doing it in an eco-friendly manner. These simple steps are what it’s going to take to provide generations to come with a cleaner environment.
Living green is all about making smart choices for ourselves and for our homes. It’s not just something we do occasionally but it’s a matter of taking action and making choices that will provide us with a more sustainable and healthier life all year. It’s something we all should do.
Choosing a green lifestyle can involve purchasing an energy efficient hybrid car or building an energy efficient home with solar and wind power. However, we don’t have to go to these extremes to make the choice to live greener. We can do many small things daily that will help save our planet.
Wintertime is a difficult time for many with cold weather and icy roads and sidewalks. Ice is often eliminated with the use of salt. While salt quickly eliminates the ice and makes roadways and walkways easier, we seldom realize the damage these salts are doing to our environment. The commercial salts you buy at your local hardware store have chemicals such as calcium chloride, sodium chloride, potassium chloride or magnesium chloride, which are toxic to trees, plants and waterways. When the snow melts away, the salt is washed into our rivers and lakes. It only takes one teaspoon of this salt to permanently contaminate 5 gallons of water. The best way to eliminate this problem is to shovel or plow the snow before it has a chance to accumulate. If you must use deicers, choose ones that are salt free, biodegradable and have a low toxicity rate. Even when using these deicers, use them as lightly as possible.
Using compact fluorescent light bulbs is another way consumers can contribute to a greener lifestyle. Compact fluorescent light bulbs not only eliminate about 300 pounds of carbon dioxide a year but also use 60 percent less energy than conventional light bulbs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs rated as Energy Star are a great way to do your part for the planet. Just imagine how much CO2 you could eliminate from being produced if you replaced all the light bulbs in your home with Energy Star CFL light bulbs!
Water is something we use every day and often take for granted. However, we seldom stop to consider the true value of water or the importance of conserving it. Simple measures you can do right inside your home to conserve water include using water saving shower heads, ultra low flow toilets and drip free faucets and filters.
These are just a few of the ways we can all begin the journey to living green. Let me know your methods to living green or other suggestions in the comments section.