It seems like everywhere you look, people are talking about, advertising and promoting green living. Sure, you care about the earth and want to do your part, but where does one start? And what does it really mean to live green? In simple terms, living green means doing your part to reduce our effect on our environment. This means a daily conscious effort to create a healthy environment and maintain a healthy body and lifestyle. Wanting to live green is a commendable life decision, and you may at first feel discouraged or overwhelmed at first, thinking that you have to begin researching how to turn your roof into solar panels and begin riding your bike the twenty miles into work each day. Living green is not that complicated, and you can start small and work your way into bigger projects. Your family can decide together what works for you as a whole, and what you can do to reduce your effect on the environment. Develop your own family plan of what living green means to you!
If you're just starting out on your healthy green lifestyle, we've put together eight EASY tips on living green that will help you jump start your green lifestyle - get the whole family involved and make it fun for everyone!
Reusable Grocery Bags - Admit it, every time you see the person in front of you at the grocery store with their reusable/cloth grocery bags you secretly cringe because you know you'll be using the store's plastic. Make an effort to purchase one reusable bag each time you shop, (they're typically $1 - $3), and before you know it, you'll be reducing plastic waste each time you shop, too!
Save Energy - You can easily save energy in your home, (and money in your pocket when your energy bill comes in), by unplugging any unused electronics. Just think about how many plugs are left in your walls when you're not using them - for example, your cell phone charger, laptop cord or coffee maker. You can also power down your Playstation or PC when they are not in use.
Go Local - Find a local produce stand to purchase your produce from, or find a local farmer with a monthly food delivery program. You'll save money by buying local, contribute whole, organic and nutritious foods to your family and support local businesses.
Go Digital - Ever dread going to the mailbox, as you know what bills are awaiting you? Most companies have e-bill options these days, where you can opt-out of receiving paper bills, notifications and communications. All communications will thus be made via email or your account thus reducing our paper waste.
Befriend Your Freezer - Believe it or not, you actually use less energy by freezing your food than by refrigerating it. Next time you have an abundance of produce or meat, try freezing your groceries to reduce your energy and keep them fresh. You can also reduce pounds upon pounds of food waste, (because honestly, how many times have those cucumbers gone bad before you had a chance to eat them)!
Start Your Own Garden - A great money saver, try creating your own vegetable or spice garden to provide your family with organic foods that you grow in your very own back yard.
Reuse Clothing - Buying second hand clothing is a great way to provide your wallet with a little relief, while being able to afford your son's two inch growth spurt once a month. You can also give back to your community by donating your own gently used clothing.
Reusable Containers - Pack your children's lunches in reusable bags and containers and skip the old grocery sack or ziploc bag. You can also reduce waste by using reusable water bottles and drink containers.