What does going green mean?Posted on: June 1st, 2012 by Chris Aviles
Does â€œGoing Greenâ€ 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 donâ€™t like anything that makes my life too difficult.
Hereâ€™s what Iâ€™m talking about. Iâ€™m not going to buy those canvas bags that you can reuse at the market (mainly because Iâ€™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- Itâ€™s something most of us have probably done since we were kids, but!! Itâ€™s being green.
I try not to have water running while Iâ€™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 itâ€™s convenient. For instance: If youâ€™re on a website, like MatsMatsMats.com, because youâ€™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 ). Â 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.Â Do whatever you can, when you can. One thing at a time.Â Itâ€™s easy to make changes.Â It doesnâ€™t matter how many steps you take, just that youâ€™re moving.
Being â€œGreenâ€ doesnâ€™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.Â Make small changes to your lifestyle to conserve energy and re-use products when possible.Â If all 6 billion people in our world did as little as I do, the effects would be monstrous.
One addedÂ benefit of trying to be eco-friendly is the peace of mind that youâ€™re doing what you can to preserve the planet for the next generation!