Nowadays, people are not satisfied with just turning off faucets and switching off lights and appliances not in use. They want to do more for the environment and their health. Things such as reducing pollution eliminate dependency on harsh chemicals and non-biodegradable plastics, save energy and conserve our planet the best way they can to ensure the preservation of the Human race. Although global warming may be a natural phenomenon, it’s clear that human waste, pollution and consumption have directly led to the increase in CO2 levels in our atmosphere, which produces a greenhouse like effect and is causing our planet to get warmer. This piece was written to help the average consumer become more green-conscious.
To begin with, we’ll follow the three Rs of ‘greening’ your life, Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle.
Reduce waste, energy and water consumption with aerators on all faucets, dual flush toilets, insulation of heaters and water pipes, ceramic cooking pots in the kitchen, energy-saving appliances and compact fluorescent lamps (CPLs) everywhere. It doesn’t even have to be life changing. Something small like turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth or washing the dishes can actually save a lot of water per year
Reuse just about everything you can from cloth bags to plastic containers to blankets to toothbrushes which are great for cleaning the refrigerator and hard to reach places, and kitchen scraps which you can compost in a bucket.
Recycle paper, grocery bags, tires, plastic bottles, furniture, car batteries, and bath water by having navy showers. Then, use or buy products made from recycled material; toilet paper, soap dishes, clothes, building material and wheat straw wood for kitchen cabinets.
Make sure everything you buy for your consumption is organic and local. Buying local saves energy and expenditure and ensures the product gets from producer to buyer in the shortest time possible, thus fresher produce. You can even grow and cook your own food. A small vegetable garden or mini container garden will do more than add a spot of green.
Commercial cleaning agents are toxic and their fumes can be hazardous to your health. Switch to biodegradable cleaning wipes or use vinegar, cream of tartar, baking soda, castile soap and lemon to put the gleam back in your house at no cost to your health.
Hybrid cars are now available like the Toyota Prius, which uses both electricity and gas, and others that run efficiently on solar, renewable energy or electricity, like the Tesla model S These vehicles are worth every penny.
You can buy your power ‘green’ too, from clean, renewable sources of energy and appliances that have the Energy Star rating which help in conservation and are environment friendly
Consider purchasing only from companies who embody the “Green” lifestyle from product sourcing to fulfillment.
Lastly, if you are into going green, then a green job would be a wonderful way to help protect and sustain the environment. Examples of people with green jobs are architects, scientific researchers, electricians, surveyors, ecology tour guides and nature photographers.