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What does going green mean?

Posted on: June 1st, 2012 by

Does “Going Green” mean you have to become a hippie? Absolutely not! You can do your part to help save the environment without trying very hard. Believe me, I don’t like anything that makes my life too difficult.

Here’s what I’m talking about. I’m not going to buy those canvas bags that you can reuse at the market (mainly because I’ll never remember to bring them with me), so rather than throwing away the plastic bags I use them as trash bags in my smaller trashcans at home- REUSE!- This, is going green.

I have a recyclables can next to my trash can so I can easily toss paper, plastic and other non-biodegradable junk in there with no extra effort- RECYLE- It’s something most of us have probably done since we were kids, but!! It’s being green.

I try not to have water running while I’m doing dishes, or brushing my teeth, and I close the fridge for the 10 seconds it takes me to pour a glass of milk. None of that sounds like much, but it adds up AND helps with your utility bill. REDUCE!

Some other simple things you can try is buying eco-friendly products whenever you can, and when it’s convenient. For instance: If you’re on a website, like MatsMatsMats.com, because you’re already planning on buying a yoga mat or meditation cushion or whatever, check to see if maybe they have an Eco-Friendly section (which they do – www.matsmatsmats.com/eco-friendly ).  It may take a few extra clicks, but you can do something small to help something great.

What I am trying to say is, don’t let the super green people make you feel like your contribution is inadequate.  Do whatever you can, when you can. One thing at a time.  It’s easy to make changes.  It doesn’t matter how many steps you take, just that you’re moving.

Being “Green” doesn’t have to consume you. When you are shopping for things take a moment to see if there are eco friendly alternatives, like an eco yoga mat, eco door mats, etc.  Make small changes to your lifestyle to conserve energy and re-use products when possible.  If all 6 billion people in our world did as little as I do, the effects would be monstrous.

One added benefit of trying to be eco-friendly is the peace of mind that you’re doing what you can to preserve the planet for the next generation!


 



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