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The ABCs of Living Green & Helping the Environment

Updated on March 28, 2009

Living green seems to be the new thing. Unfortunately it might be too little too late, however we have to keep trying. I believe everyone should do everything they can to help the environment, the planet and themselves. Many of the things that are harmful to the environment are also directly harming our bodies too. Let's take a look at the ABCs of living green and helping the environment.

A is for alternative vehicles. Bicycles, mopeds, scooters, and even motorcycles all use much less gas and produce a lot fewer fumes and pollution.

B is for buying in bulk. Buying things in bulk typically means reduced packaging materials, which is very good for the environment.

C is for cloth bags. Those plastic grocery bags take decades to decompose in our landfills and before they even get there can harm many animals. Cloth is sturdier, easier to use and reusable. C is also for composting, a great way to make your own wonderful planting material and reduce the waste going into the trash.

D is for donate. Donate your old items to be reused and donate your time to helping reverse some of the damage we have done to the planet.

E is for energy. Alternative energy that is. Solar power, wind power, and geothermal heating are all renewable forms of energy. These are so much better for the environment than what we typically use and we won't be running out of them - ever!

F is for Freecycle. What better way to help the environment than to reuse something and get it free in the process. You can pass along things you are done with and find things you need. Helping the environment without spending a penny, I like it! F is also for fluorescent lightbulbs. This easy switch will save you hundreds of dollars a year and is much better for the environment.

G is for garbage, as in keep it to a minimum.

H is for home made. Making things yourself is better for the environment than buying premade.

I is for insulate. The attic, walls, outlets and hot water heaters will all benefit from adding insulation and your electric bill will drop significantly.

J is for jaguar, an endangered species that is being affected by the way we live.

K is for the Keeper. Reusable feminine products will save you thousands over your lifetime, save your septic system and keep tons of disposable items out of the landfill.

L is for buying local. The fewer miles something has to travel to get to you, the less fuel is used. And you are supporting your town, city, country and country.

M is for mowers. Electric lawn mowers are better for the environment than gas mowers, but the best option is a push mower. Old fashioned yes, but great for everyone involved.

N is for natural cleaners. Making your own is easy and it will save you money, improve your health and help the environment.

O is for organic vegetables. Vegetables grown without chemicals are better for everyone and everything.

P is for power strips. Plugging multiple appliances or equipment into power strips makes it super easy to turn them all off. Just about everything that is plugged in, still uses energy even when it is off. Flip the power switch and you will save a bunch of energy. P is also for programmable thermostat. This will let you save on heating and cooling without really having to think about it.

Q is to tell you to quit wasting. Use things before they go bad, don't buy more than you can use before it expires, and use what you have before buying new.

R is for rechargeable batteries. Batteries are very bad for our environment. They fill up our landfills and leak nasty chemicals into our water and land. Rechargable batteries will limit the yucky stuff ending up in the ground. R is also for recycling, the ultimate reusing.

S is for stockpiling. Having a supply of what you need on hand at home will prevent unplanned trips to the store, saving on gas.

T is for thrift stores. You can find exactly what you need second hand and prevent a lot of things from ending up in our landfills. This prevents resources from being depleted in making more and saves you money.

U is to tell you to use what you have.

V is for vinegar, the ultimate natural cleaner.

W is for water. Believe it our not, our water supply is NOT unlimited. This is a precious resource that is getting more and more polluted every day.

X is for eXtreme green. Think composting toilets and freegans. Taking living green to the max. It certainly won't hurt anything.

Y is for yesterday. When we should have started paying a lot more attention to how we were affecting the planet.

Z is for zero. Zero is the amount of pollution you create when you walk where you need to go.

For many people it is still up for debate whether our actions are having a negative impact on the Earth.  I don't understand this line of thinking, it seems to obvious to me.  Making changes and living a greener life will help more than just the environment, though.  If you can't buy into needing to improve the condition of the planet, think of how it will benefit you.  It will improve your health and your children's health. 

It doesn't take much to make some great changes that will be good for you,  your family, the environment, wildlife and the planet in general. Some changes are harder than others, but taking the time to do something that will help will go a long way. What can you do to improve your environment?


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      molly 19 months ago

      hi nicolas

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      Nicolass 19 months ago

      cool living

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      haeli 5 years ago

      awesome this is grate for a class room for a teacher to tell I'm a teacher myself

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      CWanamaker 6 years ago from Arizona

      Another great article, Jennifer. Great concept as well! I wasn't sure what you would use for 'x,' but I like the idea of Extreme Green

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      Angelique Newman 6 years ago from Canada

      Wonderful and fun way how you mapped out the ABC's of the environment. Excellent hub!

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      Haydee Anderson 8 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      great hub and I feel like singging. LOLs

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      C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana

      This is a well thought out hub. Your presentation is perfect and a simple way to get the point across! Thumbs up.