Green living is about appreciating nature, taking care of our environment, and living a healthier lifestyle. It is so important to preserving our planet and our health. There are so many ways that we can live green and help conserve our earth, make life healthier for all or us. It’s not hard once you learn simple easy tips that are economical and easy to follow. Just make it your purpose this year to live organically, green, and naturally. Remember we only have one planet and it is our job to take care of it and stop the contamination of our world inside and outside. We can accomplish this by following what should come naturally.
6 Easy & Simple Green Tips:
1. Go Organic, Truly Natural Cosmetic and Personal Care Products:
Purchase only organic skincare products and cosmetics, that are free from:
-Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
All these ingredients are toxic chemicals with serious health concern such as human carciongen, hormone disruptor, just to name a few.
- Use natural products, such as for deodorant try Witch Hazel – works great to stop body odor. Another natural deodorant is baking soda and add your favorite organic essential oil for a nice fragrance.
2. Plant a Tree: Not only are they beautiful but they serve many purpose in the ecological cycle.
- Trees generate a lot of oxygen and release it to our atmosphere.
- Trees are natural air cleaner – they absorb air pollution and are very good at it.
- Trees prevent soil erosion and recycle water by absorbing it and reusing it over and over again.
- Each tree shades, protects, and houses countless animals who in their turn take their place in the big plan of Mother Nature
3. Conserve Water: Water is essential to live and it is a natural valuable resource that has been polluted. It is vital that we stop the pollution of our water and conserve it. Do your part!
- Use low flowed shower heads
- Make sure there are no leakage in your water faucets
- Use Instant Off Water Savers that will save 7,500 – 15,000 gallons of water a year, stops drippy faucets
4. Use Eco-Friendly, Natural Cleaning Products: Did you realize that the average household contains anywhere from 3 to 25 gallons of toxic materials from cleaning agents and should be avoided. These are toxic to your health — from respiratory problems to suspected carcinogen causing and is one the major causes of indoor air pollution.
- Don’t be using those toxic cleaners that contain petrochemical solvents, formaldehyde that are added to cleaners to dissolve dirt, and many more toxic chemicals including toxic scented ingredients that are extremely hazard to your health.
- Use olive oil on an old wash cloth and use it to dust your wood furniture – it will add life to your furniture by nourishing the wood, you wouldn’t be spraying toxic fumes and polluting the air, and it is great for picking up the dust.
- Use Peroxide, white vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda to do all your cleaning jobs. It’s economical and has zero toxic fumes to pollute your lungs, especially those with allergies or asthma.
5. Buy only organic, local harvest, or start your own garden:
- Buy from your local farmer market or local farmer for seasonal fruits and vegetables — it will help your local economy and you know you are getting healthy foods without the health dangers of toxic pesticides or GMO seeds. Local harvest is cultivated by hand and not by using fuel.
- When fruits and vegetables are not in season buy organic foods that are pesticide free and have more nutritional value than conventional production farms.
- Having your own garden can be loads of fun for the family. Let your kids each take a project or small area and grow their own foods. They will have fun, enjoy and be proud of their accomplishments. Your might not have to fight with them to eat their vegans anymore! You can also freeze or preserve them to eat them later when they are out of season.
- Buy preservative free, hormone free, unprocessed foods with no additives, artificial or synthetic dyes.
6. Recycling and Reuse:
- Recycling has grown substantially in the last decade. Use your local recycling centers to recycle your metal products, cans, anything that is recyclable to stop the overloading of the land fills.
- Recycle your towels, don’t by paper-towels unless they are recycled ones. Use old towels and wash cloths that are worn out to wipe up spills and clean with. Then just throw them in the washer and use them over and over.
- Reuse glass bottles by using them to store leftovers in or put them in your recycle bin.
- Recycle your batteries — Did you realize that it takes 1,000 regular batteries to equal the lifespan of one rechargeable battery
- Recycle your electronics — Donate your old electronic such as computer, cell phones, printers, etc. for reuse. This not only extends the lives of products, but prevents valuable materials from going into the waste stream. To learn more about this go to www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/materials/ecycling/index