Live a Greener Life - Inspecting Your Lifestyle for Changes
Edited by Robbi, Doug Collins, Eng, Lynn and 1 other
Going green is one of the easiest ways to live a better life and help others to live a greener life. Included below are fourteen steps to help you create a greener life on a daily basis.
Living a Greener Life
Every day we are putting our imprint on the earth. Our steps and our decisions reach beyond ourselves to affect the lives of those in the next generation. We influence their lives by our own actions.
Recycle, recycle, recycle. Used clothing, used furniture, and re-purposed materials will make a big difference. Cutting down manufacturing costs, raw materials necessary, and a wide range of power use, recycling also cuts down on waste and on the footprint that we leave on the world.
While it might sound like a small thing, consider taking off your shoes off at the door. The shoes you wear every day bring dirt, pollutants and outside debris into your home. This is a simple habit to develop that one can do every day, and it will eliminate the need to continuously vacuum the floors and mop up the dirt as well, saving both power and water.
Return Hangers. By returning the hangers to the dry cleaners, not only are you helping their business out, but you're also helping eliminate the amount of hangers that are thrown away daily.
Have an indoor/outdoor garden. This is a great way to live a greener life and help save costs at the grocery store. Whether you create an indoor herb garden, or a vegetable garden, you will be able to rest easy knowing you're providing a chemical free meal for your friends and family.
When you garden, use natural methods of gardening. Keeping a little less chemicals in your immediate area is not only healthier, but it is also protecting the soil around you. Natural pest controls are easy to learn and even some insects can give that to you.
Have your back yard designated a wildlife habitat. Leave a little longer grass for the birds and butterflies and bring in some beneficial insects as well as protect them.
Conserve energy at home. Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs that can turn off on their own. Consider also turning off any lights when you leave a room, as well as unplugging things when not in use.
Plant a new tree. This is the best and easiest way to help rid the air of carbon dioxide and add more oxygen. It also helps shade the house and will lower air conditioning costs.
Shop locally and support the small businesses in your neighborhood. While a big corporation might be easier and more convenient, reinvest that money in your community directly and keep it close to home.
Get your co-workers together and start a carpool. This is a simple way to save gas all the time and to help eliminate smog emissions throughout the world.
Line dry laundry instead of using the dryer. This will not only keep your electricity bill lower, but it will also help give your clothes a fresh smell from the outside world.
Stop buying bottles of water so often. Instead, purchase a reusable water bottle that can be refilled at any time of the day or night. These are great for adults, children and even teenagers on the go. Consider giving one that can hold hot or cold water to each person in the home.
Use your own mug when you go to the local coffee shop. Not only will it help reduce the number of paper cups used, but it will also often give you special rewards and discounts on your next cup.
Contact the companies with which you do business and request to be put on paperless billing. It saves a vast amount of money and a lot of trees on top of that.
As you can see, it is not hard to create a greener life by changing your lifestyle.
Recent edits by: Lynn, Eng, Doug Collins