Green is the new black, and since green lifestyle trends are popping up everywhere nowadays, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t join this environmentally friendly stream. If you think that saving the planet is not a big enough benefit, you should be aware that there are many other benefits to going green. Green saves money, and even though you might have to invest more sometimes, any green step you take eventually ends up paying off.
There are many benefits to going green. If you think that saving the planet is not a big enough benefit, you should be aware that there are many other benefits to going green.
Here are some small steps you can take to turn a green leaf in the next chapter of your life.
Turn to organic food solutions
Industrial food might not always be unhealthy on its own, but the process of creating it most often is. Substances used to create long-lasting food solutions are better to avoid and turn to food providers you can trust. It’s highly important to know where your food comes from if you truly want to go green, so buying food from local farmers is a good way to go. Not only is fresh, organic locally-sourced food healthier, but it’s also tastier due to the rich flavor that comes as a result of special care. Better yet, eating local foods also helps the local economy grow.
Furthermore, a fun idea would be to plant your own little garden. You don’t need much space to accomplish such a feat, because you can find crafty ways to plant a home garden on a smaller scale. This is the best way to know for sure what kind of fertilizers and pesticides are used to grow your veggies and fruits.
Eco-friendly wardrobe care
There are tons of ecologically harmful habits that we have when it comes to clothes. First of all, the world is flooded with clothes, yet there are still tons of clothing produced every day. If you wish to start living green, then buying new clothes must be your last choice. Before setting your foot in any shopping mall, go through second-hand shops to check out whether they have the items you need. If you still prefer wearing new clothes, then opt for eco-friendly clothing companies such as Pact or Fair Indigo — or collections made from recycled materials, like H&M’s Conscious collection.
Moreover, think about how you treat your clothes once you buy them. One of the most commonly misused items in your home are clothes pegs, which you probably buy several times a year, and which are also heavy plastic pollutants. Consider using stainless steel clothes pegs instead of plastic ones because they are designed to last a lifetime. Washing your clothes too often is also unnecessary, so unless your clothes are really dirty or smelly, you should opt for wearing them several times in order to lower your electricity use.
Avoid plastic packaging as much as possible
Going completely plastic-free is a fair challenge, so trying to avoid unnecessary plastic is a good way to start. You most certainly don’t need a new plastic bag every time you go to the store when you can carry your groceries in bags made of cloth or paper. Most products still come in plastic packaging, but you can find cardboard package versions for most products nowadays.
Water is the number one plastic problem because it’s hard to buy it without plastic, but there are some ways to buy water in a more eco-friendly way. You can carry small glass bottles with you everywhere while buying only 5L plastic bottles that you can recycle. Some stores also offer 2L glass water bottles which you can gather at home and take to recycling afterwards, which will save you some money, too.
Sunlight energy is a valuable resource
Once you start using sunlight as your main energy provider, you’ll find it hard to go back to any other method of acquiring energy. You can make the most out of sunlight by simply removing all the curtains from your windows and putting the lights on only when the sun sets. Plus, a little more vitamin D is always welcomed.
Installing solar panels can benefit you as well as your house budget very much if your home is on the sunny side. This way, you can bring your energy production costs to basically zero and also have a significantly good effect on the environment.
Now that you’ve got some tips to start with, all you have to do is embrace your new green self and start promoting green ways of living around you!
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About the Author
Lana Hawkins is a crafty girl and a student of architecture from Sydney. She enjoys writing about interior decoration, sustainability and green building, and that’s where she gets most of her inspiration.
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