Green Living is an admirable but elusive goal. There are many obstacles to sustainability between massive energy consumption, copious amounts of garbage generated, and the lure of conveniences that are clearly self serving (yes, you in the fast food drive through line that is seven cars deep). You can take gradual proactive steps to living a more Green and Sustainable lifestyle if you just know what to do. Below are some New Year’s Resolutions to inch closer to Green Living.1. Waste not. This is one of the easiest and most effective Green Living mantras but it seems counter intuitive to our consumption-driven, advertising-fueled existence. Do not load more food on your plate than you can comfortably eat – you can always go back for seconds! But serving too much that ends up in the garbage is waste beyond reason. Same with anything you take freely – do not spray more cleaner than needed, do not overwater plants, do not buy more groceries than you can eat before they spoil and don’t print things you can read off a computer.2. Minimize energy consumption. This can be as simple as walk or ride your bike rather than drive two blocks to the store but there are other examples every day. Keep your thermostat at a reasonable level rather than trying to duplicate the tropics in January. Do not keep your laptop constantly plugged in. Do not run the TV when you aren’t in the room. And one of the most common phantom users of electricity are ceiling fans left on for days at a time – when no one is home! Be aware that energy is costly, uses our finite natural resources and creates a mountain of environmental issues in the process of being created. Minimizing energy consumption is a huge step in Green Living!3. Use Items to the Fullest. I speak from experience that my childhood was wrought with a disposable mentality that belies reason. Rather than fix something, we just bought a new version of whatever caught our fancy. I seem to recall getting a new toaster about every other year even though the appliance repair shop was right down the street. We didn’t even have a problem with some of them, but just didn’t want to bother cleaning it. Seriously! But using something to its maximum useful life doesn’t mean hoarding – if you’ve finished with it, donate it, consign it, or at least lend it to someone who can use it rather than just tossing it.4. Recycle. This goes beyond the obvious red bin at the end of your driveway on trash pickup day. Think of all the plastic that comes into your life and strive to recycle as much as you can. Don’t throw away plastic forks – either wash and reuse them or put them in the recycle with your milk jugs. That dreadful hard plastic that surrounds all the items you buy? Recycle it too. The plastic rings that connect soda cans? Throw it into the recycle mix. If your municipal recycling is limited to only certain items, find other sources either through your work, at local businesses, at the county, etc. For instance, many restaurants recycle their cooking oil and cardboard boxes – ask if you can add to the mix as they often get paid for their contributions by weight.5. Buy local as much as possible. Not only are ‘Buy Local’ campaigns a nice warm fuzzy to support the community you live in, but they are amazing contributors to Green Living values. Buying local eliminates shipping and therefore fuel consumption. It negates the need for preservatives on food therefore everything is fresher and healthier. There are also amazing health benefits by eating foods grown within your own climate and region but that is a book all in itself. But buying local is beneficial from many angles and is a poster child activity for Green Living.6. Do not poison the Earth. We unknowingly contribute bad things to our world and we must learn how to stop. Simple examples: Using bleach to clean the toilet adds a toxic chemical into the water supply. Spraying synthetic pesticides around our homes kills beneficial creatures like honey bees and butterflies. Fuel-infused charcoal for our grills puts toxins in the atmosphere and in our bodies when we ingest the food cooked over those grills. All of these poisons stay within our world. Yes, they are diluted, but they do not go away and are accumulating at alarming rates. Love our planet and be kind.These are 6 simple steps to incorporate Green Living for 2013. We’ve strayed away from Earth stewardship for a few generations so the shift back towards harmonious existence with the planet won’t happen overnight. Being aware, learning when you can and striving towards true Green Living is about as good a New Year’s Resolution as there is.
Gone are the days when environmentalists exclusively deal with green living. Now, all of us are enjoined to get into the act to save our environment. We have to exert much effort in order to catch up with what we have lost. You should be one with us. Don’t hesitate to do your act because there are only very simple techniques you should undertake.To reiterate, green living requires simple strategies. These may be done in your own homes. Start it and who knows you will be able to make a difference in this world. Play your part and be a role model to others. Here are the easiest ways you may practice in your daily living.General thoughts on green living for the home – pre-cyclingIf you think recycling is already an important part of going green, well there is something you may do better than that. This is called the concept of pre-cycling. Pre-cycling means setting your goals on the items you will purchase so that you will be able to recycle these materials later on.One concrete example of pre-cycling is buying things in packages that you may reuse later on. For instance, you may purchase towels with a paper carton. The carton may be used to decorate your home or in filing some of your documents. This may happen most especially if you bought the towel with a decorative box.Eco friendly living in your kitchen – what you should doInside your kitchen, there are many items you should start getting rid of. One is the use of paper towels. Such type of paper may not be recycled. Moreover, it will only add up to wastes in landfills. Replace it with cloth towels instead. These are washable and reusable. Below are other good things on going green that starts in your kitchen:Food preparation. You may also prepare food for your family in lunch boxes especially for your children who go to school and your husband who goes to the office daily. This is a more eco friendly technique over the use of paper bags and plastic.Bottle recycling. There are many bottles in your kitchen – usually those that come from seasonings and other condiments. You should reuse these jars or bottles for other things. Decorate and place them in your bedrooms, bathrooms or living rooms. If they are large enough, you may use them to store leftovers. These are very simple pointers on green living that you may follow.Learn how to cut back on energy – this is one of the best green optionsMuch more than focusing your thoughts on materials you purchase and items to recycle, one of the green living concepts you may adapt in the home is cutting back on energy. This means gearing towards energy-saving techniques. You may do this through the following steps:Use lights only when necessary. Always turn the lights off when you leave your bedrooms or bathrooms.Use warm clothing during winter and cotton clothing during summer. That way you avoid using much of your heaters and air conditioning systems.Avoid using your vehicles if you can walk to your destination. A substitute is utilizing your bike. This will get rid of air pollution which is a common problem in going green.These are but some of the many ways you may do to save the environment. As you take all these things seriously, a lot of people will thank you for your effort. Start green living through practices in your home now. There is no reason for you to delay the act.Property of RecoverMyPc Inc.
Green Living is an admirable goal. But most of us can’t embrace a crunchy-granola-live-off-the-land- like pioneers kind of lifestyle. If you don’t know the simple steps to take, being eco-friendly becomes a time and money drain wrought with guilt. But most would take green options if they were clear and simple.What if Green Living became the norm? With a few basic guidelines, 2014 can become the year of living green without hassle or guilt. Below are 3 Guiding Principles of Green Living that can easily change your life and take care of our planet.Three Guiding Principles of Green Living:
Waste Not. This is so simple that it should be the basis for all decisions. Minimize the trash you create. Don’t use four paper towels if two do the job. Start a compost pile. Don’t waste gas idling in a drive through line when you’d already be done if you’d just gone inside.
Use, re-use, re-cycle or donate. Max out the usage of everything you own. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure so consign items or at least donate. Re-use plastic food containers, recycle all items you can and reverse the horrible trend of the throwaway mentality.
Eliminate toxins. It is mind boggling how many poisons we create and then dump back into our bodies and the environment. The biggest culprits are pesticides but there are plenty of synthetic chemical mysteries that serve as food additives, artificial fragrances, and pharmaceuticals. Toxins are just as the name implies – they are toxic and they are slowly poisoning us and the Earth.
Using these guidelines makes Green Living pretty easy, right? The next time you are at the grocery store, these Green Living principles will help you purchase food amounts that will have no waste, offer minimal packaging (or hopefully packaging you can reuse), and you’ll choose products that are organic, natural, and free of toxins.Throughout your day, you can choose minimal waste options – don’t use a bag if you only buy one thing and use your own reusable water bottle instead of plastic water bottles.Another significant Green Living arena is to speak out against the prolific use of pesticides. It is easy to control the use (or non-use) of pesticides in your own home. But remember that our schools, businesses, and all public spaces have odorless, colorless synthetic chemical pesticides sprayed every few months. Not green at all.Adopting a Green Living Lifestyle isn’t hard. It is easy to live green if you take baby steps guided by simple Green Living principles.