You may hear so much about the trend of “green living” these days and wonder what it is about or what benefits it can bring. Well, green living is basically about living your life in a way that causes the least harm possible to the environment and helps preserve our nature/ecosystem. It may sound so grand and ambitious but it in fact it starts with the very normal things you do every day: what you choose to eat, how you go to work, how you use electric appliance, how you treat old stuff…
Before talking about tips for green living, let’s find out why green living is important to us.
It Is Beneficial To The Environment
When you have the green living attitude, you will are more about the environment, learn how to use the natural resources more economically or even find ways to preserve it. Green living contributes to sustainable development and a greener world. Eventually, it will benefit us. Who doesn’t wish to breathe cleaner, fresher air? And no one wishes to be worry if one day the country runs out of natural resources to exploit. Fewer environment changes or reduced rate of global warming are even the goals at government level.
It Helps Provide Better Life Quality
Try to live greener means you also take good care of yourself. You become more conscious of the impact of pollution and how the water you drink or the food you eat can affect your health. For example, many people grow more trees in their house to provide more shade and oxygen; they also eat healthily with home-grown vegetables. It can also lead to better relationships.
It Helps Reduce Cost
By living greener, people try to make use of their available resources to the fullest. They will consider carefully before throwing waste away (can it be recycled?), consume energy more economically and learn how reduce energy use. This benefits the economy as a whole and helps preserve the environment.
So how can you practice green living?
Don’t Be Wasteful
It seems easy to do but changing your habit is not easy, isn’t it? When you pay for a buffet, you will want to eat as much as possible so that it will be worth your money. But taking much more food than necessary can only lead to one ending: the wasted food ends up in the trash. It is the same as food or fruit you eat at home: you buy too much and they become spoiled before you have time to cook or eat them. Do not serve your family or guest too much food either. There are free stuffs you do not even need but you just take them anyway; eventually they gather dust in a corner for years.
Cut Down On Energy Consumption
How do you get to work every day or how do you get to the supermarket to shop for groceries. Try to walk or ride a bike whenever possible and avoid vehicles that release harmful substances to the environment. Turn off you devices when not in use: leaving them in standby mode can waste energy too. Do not keep the charger or laptop plugged in all the time. Turn on the electrical devices only when you need them. How about using dimmer switches to cut down on the energy used for lighting?
Basically, you should look for ways to use your electric appliances as efficiently as you can so minimize energy consumption (which eventually lead to reduced exploitation of natural resources). Also, it is a good idea to replace your old appliances with Energy Star-rated appliances.
Maximize Using Your Current Items
Before you replace an appliance or want to buy something new, consider carefully if the old stuff can still be used. If your baby swing is still in good condition but you need to switch to a portable model for easy travelling, you can consider giving it to your acquaintance, donating it, or even selling in on eBay before tossing it away. Try to fix your door before you replace it (this is what many do-it-yourself people love to do).
Recycle and Re-use Old Stuff
Think about how you can make use of your old stuff before throwing it to the trash bin. There are a lot of things you can recycle like paper, soda cans or plastic bags. Glass food jars can be used for storing small items like screws, bolts, and buttons. For those with creative mind and clever hands, a tree trunk can make a nice side table.
Buy Local Items
By buying things that are made in your community, you show your community support. But it also helps with the green living trend: you can easily pick these things at local stores or have them delivered to your home very quickly. It leads to reduced transport cost and fuel consumption.