Green Living: Baby Steps for Living an “Eco-Friendly” Life

Green Living

 

 

Eco-friendly, sustainable, green… they all seem to be “buzz words” these days.  I have always had an interest in environmental science and conservation but living “green” can be overwhelming and expensive.  It is incredibly hard to change how you live overnight especially when you don’t necessarily see the effect easily.  Even if you are not passionate about the “saving the world” there are small changes you can make that won’t break the bank or turn your life upside down.

I have researched this topic quite a bit and here are my thoughts and best advice on getting your feet wet in the new “let’s get green” world.  You may not fix the whole in the ozone layer but every little bit really does make a difference.

 

Baby Step 1.

Recycle

Duh!  We have been hearing this for decades now.  I am ashamed to admit that I didn’t recycle at all until about 3 years ago.  Since recycling soda cans, cardboard, and glass I have saved hundreds (at least) of dollars on my trash costs.  Recycling is free in most (if not all) neighborhoods and some even offer “No Sort”.  This means that anything you have that could be recycled is all just thrown together and you can dump it all in one place (glass usually needs to be separated).  If for no other reason than saving tons of money this is a very easy way to head towards “green living” and makes a big difference in the health of our planet.

Baby Step 2.

Read

Get into the habit of reading the labels of items that you buy.  I am not talking about all of a sudden switching to grass-fed beef, cage free eggs, and organic veggies.  I just want you to be aware of what you are bringing into your home.  This applies to everything that you purchase.  Food, clothing, home goods, furniture and cleaning supplies all either contain multiple ingredients or are created through an extensive process.  The ingredients and process can be unsustainable, toxic, or just plain gross!  Know what you are buying.  Know what you are eating.  Learning about products can often be enough to encourage a change.  The documentary “Food, Inc” is awesome if you are at  all interested in learning more.

Baby Step 3.

Reuse

This is my favorite!  Not only will it save you tons of money but it is super easy.  Reuse what?  Start off by buying less stuff!!  Stop buying hundreds of rolls of paper towels a year and buy reusable cloths (shameless plug for my items here).  If you do HAVE to use plastics bags save them and bring them back with you the next time you are shopping.  Clean out candle jars and find new fun uses.  I use an old candle jar with a nice lid for Q-tips and cotton balls.  Not only is it great for the Earth but it is pretty!  If you enjoy crafting this can be a lot of fun.  Check out Pinterest for inspiration.

 

You may not save the world by implementing these tips but I promise you will be making a difference!!!  Stay tuned for posts on homemade, inexpensive, and effective cleaning supplies.  I am also launching an eco-friendly line of home and baby goods so keep an eye out.

I definitely did not cover all the easy ways to implement small change but here are some resources you may find helpful:

Mother Earth News  I love this magazine and website.  They offer tons and tons of resources and tips on making changes in your everyday life.  I find self sustainability completely fascinating.

Worldwatch Institute  More ideas on going green while saving green!

The Green Guide  This site will help when doing your shopping.  Find out what large companies are doing to be “greener”.  How can you make your beauty routine eco-friendly?

What are you already doing that is eco-friendly?  Do you shop and eat organic?  I’d love to hear more about how that is fitting in with your life!

 

 

 

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