Everyone is on a different green track and has different priorities when it comes to living a little more green. Some people recycle, but don’t compost. Some bring their reusable bags while shopping, but forget their reusable mug when stopping for a coffee.
I would guess the average person doesn’t think their actions can make a difference, or perhaps simply don’t prioritize the environment. Living a green lifestyle doesn’t have to be complicated or inconvenient. It may take a few times to remember your reusable mug when you leave the house, but eventually it will become second nature.
Everything we do, no matter how big or small has an impact on the environment. How about adding some different green elements to your lifestyle over the next few weeks, and you will see just how easy it is to be green.
5 simple ways to add more green to your life:
- One of the simplest and easiest ways to green up your lifestyle is to ditch the disposable water bottle dependency. This will in turn keep the environment happy and your wallet green. When you are heading out the door grab your stainless steel water bottle or when at work instead of opting to buy a bottle of water, have a glass on hand to refill. Your action of reducing your water bottle consumption can potentially divert 60,000 plastic water bottles from our landfills. Isn’t it worth the small change?
- Most people have a cup of coffee or tea as part of their morning routine whether it is at work or on the road. By simply purchasing a reusable mug you can divert all those coffee-shop cups and Styrofoam cups you would normally use from a landfill. When will you be making the switch?
- Usually the first action people take to be more environmentally friendly is to use reusable bags. Most grocery stores have signs at the front doors that asking “Do you have your reusable bags?” And, the next time you are out shopping what will your response be?
- Not only is walking and biking good for your health, but it is just as good for Mother Nature. So the next time you have the urge to jump in your car, but you could easily walk or bike, why not give it a try? You just may like it.
- Conventional cleaning products contain toxic chemicals that have no business being in your home. There are many eco-friendly cleaning products on the market, now a days that work just as well as their conventional counter-parts. As your cleaning products run out, consider replacing them with an eco-friendly option. Look for brands that do not contain harsh chemicals such as ammonia, synthetic fragrances, chlorine bleach, parabens and phosphates, or if you are brave enough, you could always make your own cleaning products.
One thing to remember is that these changes do not happen over night, but all your effort at the beginning will make all the difference. What is your next green action going to be?
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