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7 Tips for a Greener Life
Living green and sustainability doesn’t just mean adding sources of clean energy into your home. (Although it really helps) You can contribute to the health and sustainability of our planet by doing everyday basic things around your home and your lifestyle in general.
Here are 7 tips to get you started on the path to a greener life.
Carbon emissions for vehicles is a big offender to our environment. It has one of the greatest impacts on our deteriorating planet that we should start here. You really don’t need to drive everywhere, do you?
If it’s a nice day out take your bike to the store, go for a walk and get some exercise. Start carpooling, take turns driving to work or when taking the kids to to school. Not only will you save money on gas, and build a stronger relationship in your neighborhood and community, but you’ll help in reducing the carbon released in our environment.
Watch Your Water
Clean, potable water is one life’s necessities. Even where there’s abundant rainfall, drinkable water isn’t an option for many people. Every drop of water we use needs to be filtered and transported which is largely dependent on fossil fuel resources.
How can you help?
Create a habit of turning off the shower or tap when you don’t need it. When you’re gardening try to lessen the amount of water you’re using with the hose or get a water collection rain barrel to keep your garden green. This same idea applies when you’re washing your car or house.
The food we consume has a huge impact on our planet. The same reasoning applies with that of water. We need to expend energy to transport food, which unfortunately, in most cases does not get eaten by the local community where it was grown. Worse yet, are that the pesticides used in treating some food seep into the ground and destroy the land itself.
Changes are happening. People are becoming more conscious of eating sustainable food, and the idea of eating greener comes down to these four principles:
Eat less Meat
Not only will you become healthier but you’ll become a part of creating a more sustainable way to eat.
One of the biggest environmental issues we have to deal with is properly disposing waste. The clutter, resources and energy needed to move it are enormous and they just keep adding up.
You can help by diligently separating your waste, recycling and starting a compost in your home. You can use your kitchen waste to grow and feed your garden, keep it in a larger composting container and let it bio degrade into the land and feed the earth.
Avoid Bottled Water
Bottled water is expensive, inefficient and a total drain on energy and resources. It creates such an amount of plastic waste that just keeps adding up. An idea is to buy a refillable water bottle and use that to refill and take with you everywhere.
Bottled water is a failed idea due to the perfectly healthy tap we water we have available and with easy access.
Ditch Plastic Bags
Another shameful waste is the amount of plastic bags we use in our country. According to Envirosax, it’s estimated that we use over 100 billion plastic bags in our country every year. This tremendous amount of waste usually ends up in wild areas.
You can do your part by getting a reusable bag and taking it with you every time you go shopping, just say no to plastic bags.
Use Plant Based Cleaners
Cleaning products made from plants are highly effective and sustainable. Not only do they work great, but you don’t have any chemical residue left behind and they’re 100% biodegradable.
They come in a variety of styles and have a nice, clean fresh all natural smell.
These tips are easy enough to follow that anyone can get started living a greener life today. When just one person starts to look after our environment and makes a difference, more people become aware of the dangers facing our planet due to neglect and ignorance.
We can start to make a greener change and create a more sustainable environment by taking action today.