How to Live Green

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Going green has its benefits along with the most important one being the ability to slow down the fall of our green planet. Below are some helpful tips for living green.

Tips for Green Living

Recycle

Recycling products reduce having to use more of our natural resources. It also helps reduce the landfill that pollutes our environment.

It takes very little effort to place a recyclable container in its right place, while the overall impact of not recycling can be detrimental to our environment as well as our future.

Save water

Just as the green in our environment can be depleted, so can our water supply. Be mindful of how you use water on a day to day basis. Do you keep the water running high? Do you take several baths during the week? How long do you take showers? How long does your dishwasher run?

The human body consists of 60% water. With billions of people in the world, how can we continue to survive if we continue at a rate that lacks the conservation of water?

Conserve energy

Energy is gained by the use of non-renewable energy resources such as oil, gas, and coal. When these resources are used, energy is not only created but so are harmful chemicals.

Energy can be conserved in a variety of ways:

  • Turn the lights off when it’s not being used
  • Use cold water instead of hot
  • Use appliances less frequently
  • Buy appliances with the energy star symbol on it
  • Use fluorescent light bulbs
  • Unplug electronics that are not being used

Save gas

Gas can be quite expensive, especially during difficult economic times. Summer and the Holiday seasons don’t help much either.

Saving gas can be done in a variety of ways:

Refrain from using toxic chemicals

Household products contain harmful and toxic chemicals that can pollute not only the environment, but our bodies. The World Health Organization recognizes the harm it promotes, especially to children. Non-toxic alternatives are possible.

Refrain from using water bottles

The use of bottled waters is wasteful and expensive.

Safety

First and foremost, the safety of drinking bottled waters should be questioned. How much safer is it to drink bottled waters than tap water? There are debates about this subject as water municipal systems continue to age, causing contaminants and bacteria to build. However, its handling by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is also questionable as many of it never crosses state lines for sale [1]

Waste

There is a tremendous amount of bottles that does not see the inside of recycling systems, despite efforts to promote the idea. Many of these bottles either end up in landfills or as waste that circulate through our environment.

Energy

The energy used to produce these bottles come from raw material such as natural gas or fossil fuels, which we rely on for more important use.

Refrain from smoking

Smoking not only affects our health, but it also affects our environment, our surroundings, and our loved ones. Cigarettes contain thousands of chemicals that cycle through our environment. Our lungs are not the only ventilation systems that are affected. The trees and much of our green planet also consume these toxic chemicals.

Save paper

Print less from your computer, send messages through email rather than posts through mail, borrow books from the library instead of buying them, and bring your own reusable bags to the grocery stores rather than using paper bags to take your grocery home in.

Save plastic

Studies have found that reheating plastic releases harmful chemicals. Therefore, attempts to recycle them can cause more environmental hazards.

Refrain from buying products in plastic containers as much as possible. Water can be purchased without having to buy them in water bottles. Bring your own containers instead of asking for one if you know the restaurant you will be going to serves more food than you can eat.

Eat healthy

Once upon a time, our land was filled with organic and natural products. Now, our groceries are filled with chemicals and hormones to help feed our growing population. Thereby, promoting the growth of health problems that have “unknown” causes.

Eating healthy can prevent questionable health problems. See information on why genetically modified foods could be bad for you and your children.

Borrow

It may be small scale, but if even a small percentage try doing it, there would be less of a need to make more products. The more we make, the more energy, waste, and everything else that affects our green planet goes into decline.

Borrow to reduce demand. Borrow to save money. Borrow to have peace of mind.

Save money

When you live by the mentality of saving money due to economic hardship or lifestyle choice, you do it strategically by planning different ways you can cut back to make the most of what you have. This helps in the green living scenario. Green living involves finding ways to help save our planet and mentality of saving money plays a big role. The less we use, the more we have.

Shop smart

A lot of companies have seen the profit gained from organic or green products. For instance, in order for something to be sold as organic, it must be certified. However, it is still possible to have other non-organic products mixed in with those that are “organic.” Don’t be fooled by items that are stamped as “organic.” Read the labels and make sure you are buying what you intend to, natural and organic NOT mixed in with chemicals you are unsure of.

Recycle or keep electronics as long as possible

Electronic waste releases toxins and mercury into our environment. As advancements and demand for newer, better electronic material increases, so does our environmental suffering. Recycle your electronics, donate them, keep them as long as possible, or make sure they go into the proper collection portals of hazardous waste materials.

Buy from local farmers

Fuel consumption takes a significant burden on the health of our planet. Transportation for farmed produce can be very costly to our environment as well as our economy. However, buying produce from your local farmers do have have the following benefits:

  • Fresh produce
  • Save on fuel
  • Helps minimize global warming

Grow vegetation

Many vegetables and even fruits can be grown just about anywhere. You can place them in pots on your porch, plant them in your backyard garden, front yard garden, and even in areas inside your house. Planting your own vegetables are the safest ways of knowing you’re eating organic and health.

In addition, plants provide us with oxygen and take in carbon dioxide from us. They are part of our life’s circle. The less we have of them around, the less natural oxygen we may eventually have.

Reuse

Many products that are made usually consume a significant amount of energy. In addition, when purchasing, these products usually come in nice packages. Packages also consume energy to make. Materials, chemicals, and other sources may be used in the production of packages and other products. In one way or another, we use and possibly waste materials in production of another.

Reusing as much as you can of whatever is possible to reuse can play a significant role in our planet’s green situation.

References

  1. mother nature network