Practical tips to start your journey toward becoming more eco-friendly.
There are many companies, products, and campaigns that claim to be sustainable and eco-friendly. They say they're kind to the environment, greener-than green itself, and more.
However, sometimes knowing how you can make a difference as an individual can be hard.
Going Green means different things to different people, and that’s ok. Perhaps you want to be more eco-friendly but just aren’t sure what to do. Here are some tips you can use to make your life more eco-friendly.
Clean eating can have a positive effect on both the environment and on your own personal health.
Over the past couple of years, the word vegan has been growing in popularity.
Even fast-food restaurants now advertise the fact they have vegan items on their menus. Going heavy on the plants in your meals isn’t just about being eco-friendly; it comes with a ton of other benefits too. It’s highly nutritious; it can also help to improve the health of your heart and other vital organs, not to mention being a proven way to control both your cholesterol and your weight.
Clean Eating is actually quite easy.
Here are 7 tips you can use to start eating clean.
Clean living something that lots of people take for granted, but simple, small changes can all start to add up.
First, Clean living has nothing to do with having a tidy house! Although clean living is somewhat related to the first section about clean eating, there’s a lot more to this than meets the eye!
Here’s 11 ideas to start a life of cleaner living today:
You don’t have to be eco-friendly alone...you can be eco-social!
With a quick search online for local eco-friendly group and communities will turn-up a ton of results and in many cases, events too. These don’t always need to be physical meetups; they could be online groups or forums. With rising concerns over our oceans, people across the world are coming together to help clean up our beaches and coastal areas. Attending a local beach clean is easy, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people while helping to do some good.
A good example of a place that is already doing this can be found across the pond, in the UK. The Marine Conservation Society is just one example of an organization that host an annual beach clean in their local area. Further afield in Spain, there is the Clean Beach Initiative.
In the states, we have hundreds of the same types of initiatives happening across the coastal areas and inland too. An organization called the Volunteer Clean-up provides you with a centralized resource for such events taking place. Take a look and see if there is something happening near you soon.
If you live in an area that has nothing going on right now, why not create an event for yourself? Take a leap and become a local pioneer for a greener cleaner community!
You might not realize just how much of an impact you can have on the people around you.
Whether it’s your friends, family, or even your colleagues, make sure they understand the reasons behind any changes you are making in your life.
Be proud of what you’re doing!
A passionate person has the ability to inspire without even knowing it. For every person you talk to, just planting that seed and giving them a reason to think differently can help to invoke a wave of change in others.
There are many ways you can make simple, small adjustments in your home to reduce your carbon footprint.
It goes without saying, that by leaving the lighting on when it’s not needed or having lights on during the daytime, this uses a lot of additional energy that should have otherwise been conserved.
Here are some practical switches you can make around the home to become a greener household:
Without a doubt, you will be aware of the impact that single-use plastics are having on our planet.
A simple way to help is to avoid single-use plastics altogether.
Recycle as much as you can.
You can recycle so much more than your paper, glass, and card; you can also recycle your food waste to make compost, or in some cases, to grow new vegetables or use as a tasty stock.
As the old saying goes, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure! So, go easy on the items you get rid of. The second-hand economy is thriving; make sure you take advantage of this!
One of the most significant impacts a person can make on their carbon footprint is to re-think their transportation choices.
On a global scale, the impact of transportation is immense. Closer to home, there are smaller changes that we can all make that will reduce our collective carbon footprint. Here’s just a few to get you started!
Shopping local is a great way to have a positive impact on the environment.
It might seem like the normal thing to do when you hop in the car and drive to your nearest Walmart. But the truth is, by shopping outside the local area, you are using excess fuel that could otherwise be saved, and your carbon footprint is magnified when you support the larger players in the food market chains.
Making any adjustments can be difficult, especially when there are so many possibilities.
Try starting with whatever feels right for you.
What do you feel passionate about? Where do you feel you can contribute to the greater good?
Contrary to popular myth, being green doesn’t necessarily mean you have to wear baggy clothes, do yoga, and never eat meat again. It’s about making a contribution, being thoughtful, and trying your best for yourself, the planet, and the people around you.
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