Green living is becoming quite popular among people of all ages. Due to increasing awareness and media attention of depleting valuable resources, people have become more responsible in an attempt to reduce the use of earth’s natural resources. Using substitutes or altering methods of energy consumption, transportation, water usage and so on can help you contribute in the preservation of natural resources.
Green living aims at meeting present societal, ecological, and economical needs. Water pollution, air pollution, soil contamination, resource conservation, wildlife protection, waste disposal are some major environmental challenges being faced by mankind.
When it comes to achieving sustainability, every individual should play a role. Any person can adopt green living with easy to follow tips that you can practice on a daily basis, without compromising on your lifestyle and routine. Here are some tips of having more sustainable lifestyle and working towards them.
Presenting… “The Green-Living Blueprint”
How to start living green
– for people who are currently destroying the earth
Get Out Of Your Car
If you have a car or any other vehicle that uses fuel, it is advised to ditch your car and take bicycle to move around the time. Train your kids or other family members to use fuel-less vehicles to commute to nearby areas. This will be double beneficial for you. First you’ll save on fuel, second you will get time to exercise, even when you can’t afford to hit the gym. `
In many countries, plastic bags are banned and using them is against the law. Plastic bags are non-biodegradable and thus do not breakdown. They end up in water bodies and affect our wildlife. In order to prevent damages from this non-biodegradable substance, it is advised to use glass and reusable water bottles and paper bags to store water and carry things. You can also use canvas bags to carry grocery items. Wrap your sandwiches or baked food in wax paper or choose snack bags.
Reduce Usage of Oil/Petroleum/ Gasoline
This is one of the most complex problems in the contemporary world. About 90% of the fuel and energy sources used in modern civilizations are powered and based on awfully finite resource and that is oil. Scientists have already reported that we have passed the “peak oil”, which means that all type of such resources are already on the declining scale. Thus, it is very important to learn using things less that are directly or indirectly derived from oils.
Learn To Grow Food
Producing food in your backyard or garden can prove to be one of the best ways to contribute to green living. There was a time when every family used to grow its own food and today, people are not even concerned to know the origin of food supplies they get to eat every day, in the comfort of their home or office.
Large scale food production has led to substantial increase in pollution, production of more risky food systems, contributing to upsetting loss of biodiversity and encouraging waste of depleting resources.
So, even if you have a small backyard or terrace garden, you can make some efforts and provide for yourself some tasty and daily use vegetables to reduce the burden from large scale productions. You can even talk to your neighbors and start a small food production project in your neighborhood, where everyone can contribute to grow daily-use vegetables.
Beginner Gardening: How To Start Growing Your Own Food
Water is another valuable and still finite resource. Even though earth constitutes of about 80% water, there is only 5% fresh water that is suitable for drinking. There are number of ways that you can use to save this valuable resource for sustainable living. First of all, it is advised to wash your dishes with hands, instead of using dishwashers as they tend to consume more water. You should restrain from having water fountains and similar things, as they require a lot of water, for both functioning and cleaning. You can use sink-water to flush toilets, greywater for irrigating garden. Best tip is to start water harvesting. Rainwater harvesting is the best practice one can adopt to make successful attempt to green living.
Changing your lifestyle in order to be more eco-friendly and sustainable offers ample of opportunities to prevent abuse of depleting resources, save money, increase quality of life, as well as build stronger local community. Continue learning how to be organic, eco-friendly and live a green life.