Tuesday, May 8, 2012

5 Easy Ways To Be Green

Sometimes in the quest to become better stewards of this earth we get  overwhelmed in all there is that we can do.  There are a lot of aspects of being more green in our homes, offices and world. It can get
to be too much when we think about it. Do we throw that away or do we compost it? Do we recycle this
or should we be purchasing it to begin with? There is simply a lot of information to process in this lifestyle.
I know from my own experience for years I didn't cross over that line because I simply felt like 
I couldn't implement it all. The good news is you don't have to do it all. Yay! 
I drive home baby steps to everyone I speak with. Choose an area you are most concerned 
about and focus on that. Once you feel as if you have got this under control, move on to the next.
Change makes impact and it does not happen over night. In an instant world we live in
it is hard for us to take our time and focus on one thing. We are instant satisfaction
people. So in that thought I came up with five painless ways you can make a change in your
home and not be overwhelmed. These are for those who are new to being green or for those
who are feeling overwhelmed by all there is to do. This tips will help you be green with very
little change or effort in your current lifestyle but they make a HUGE impact for the environment.

1. Use recycled paper products.
If you haven't made it to being a paper free home, that is okay.
In the mean time, simply just choose paper products that are 
made from recycled paper. The change is easy & effortless. 

2. Recycle your shopping bags.
Okay, so maybe you keep forgetting your reusable bags. Or maybe
your just not there yet. That is okay! Most stores now offer a box for
you to drop off those dreaded plastic bags, so you don't have to feel
bad about using them in the first place. 

3. Buy in bulk.
This is the most over looked tip I give but one I feel can make an immediate
change in your home. Next time you reach small servings of your favorite snack 
item, instead buy a bigger size and divide it up in your own container. Or better yet
hit the bulk section of your favorite store. Less containers & packaging, less waste.

4. Ditch the plastic water bottle. 
Single serving water bottles are one of the most common excessive waste there
is. To combat the waste, buy a reusable water bottle. Preferably made out of metal 
or glass. We prefer glass but there are tons of options out there to make this
a easy and simple change.

5. Buy green cleaners.
If you haven't stepped up to making your own cleaners, then don't fear!
There are tons of green cleaners on the market for you to choose from. 
From every aspect of cleaning your home, there is a cleaner out there to help
you out and it need not be made of harmful chemicals.

 These are good areas to make a quick and easy change. They won't overwhelm you and your
family. Whether your new to being green or if your getting overwhelmed with earth friendly, these
five tips will help you over that hurdle. Small baby steps lead to a big impact.
Do you have any tips to add?  I would love to hear them!


Carla @ Our Journey to Self Reliance said...


Thank you for sharing so much and being so open and raw - it is refreshing!! Stop by our blog, I awarded you the Kreative Blogger Award.

Carla :0)

Chele said...

Wow!!! Thank you, I love your blog so this is an honor! :)