8 Ways To Be Greener. So easy you can start NOW!
Earth Day was started over 40 years ago to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment.
Most of the world did not know, at that time, how important this cause truly was. Many treated it like a pleasant social event; something to enjoy for a day and then easily forgot. Some people thought it was just for tree huggers. Now, almost everyone recognizes how vital this cause is and consider themselves green conscious to some degree.
Why be MORE green?
1. To save the planet for yourself, your children, your friends, and for your children’s children.
2. To enjoy clean air, clean water, beautiful skies, and breathtaking beaches.
3. To enjoy better health for yourself, your children, your firends and for your children’s children.
4. To save money for yourself, your family … ( you get it by now)
5. To reduce political and economic instability.
The question is whether you are growing in green awareness each day and doing something about it or not?
Remember that little awakenings and changes made by large populations can make a big difference. You don’t have to run out tomorrow and buy a hybrid car or donate your life to Greenpeace.
8 Easy Ways to be Green
(Be Watching For Our GREEN GAME – Fun For You and Good for the Environment)
1. Eat Organic:
- You can’t argue against the benefits of organic farming.
- Crops grown without chemical pesticides do not contaminate the earth with toxic substances. Studies have proven that organically grown fruits and vegetables are higher in certain nutrients.
- Organic food can be a bit more expensive but by supporting organic farming you can support this trend and prices will come down.
- If the chemical used by conventional farming don’t affect your health they do affect the environment. Most chemicals do not actually affect the plant but the chemicals get washed away into our lakes, river and oceans so the life there has to deal with it. Why not deal with it with a simple decision instead.
- Your body will be happy you did.
- Meat production compared to plant production has a carbon foot print 57 times bigger!.
- Your average meat-eating dog has a bigger carbon footprint than a gas guzzling SUV. (Note I’m not suggesting getting rid of your dog. I love them! Just making a point)
- A single pound of meat also requires 1500 to 12000 gallons of water. Water supplies are already low for many areas of the world and it is going to get much worse. to read more click here Nice Cow – Bad Cow Effects
We are not advocating becoming a vegetarian – just that most people could reduce meat consumption with many benefits. One of these is better health.
3. Use Less Energy
- Turn of lights, computers, etc whenever not in use.
- Turn down your thermostat in winter: Just two degrees can save you six percent off heating costs.
- Open your windows in summer and turn OFF your air conditioner.
4. Use Less Gas
- Just inflating your tires can save you one to two percent of your gas.
- Driving 62 mph (100 km/h) versus 75 mph (120 km/h) will reduce fuel consumption by 15 percent.
- Don’t idle for more than one minute. Anything more than one minute and it is would be efficient to turn off your car, even in winter.
- Being easy on the brakes and accelerator can save your 15 percent.
5. Use Less Plastics ( and more glass and wood)
- Use reusable grocery bags. China will save 37 million barrels of oil each year because of their ban on plastic bags.
- Use glass containers for storing your food. Your body will be happier because the chemical in plastics leaches into your food.
A friend of ours, Paul Jimerson is really clear about this plastic problem. He wrote a short blog about it and took many pictures of plastic on the beach. Being a great photographer, he had to make the pictures look nice but usually it doesn’t look nice at all. Here is an example.
6. Eat Local Whenever Possible:
- Local food eliminates the high environmental cost of transporation. It’s also fresher!
- Go to the farmer’s market.
- Eat From Your Garden
- Eat in restaurants that use local food.
7. Use less water:
- Install low-flow shower heads, taps, and faucets. Low flow aerators use one half to one fifth the water. No plumbing experience necessary!
- This is real simple: turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, shaving, washing your hands, or rinsing dishes or vegetables. This saves 3 gallons per minute.
- Fix dripping taps and leaking toilets by replacing washers and worn parts. A faucet drip or toilet leak will waste up 5,475 gallons of water per year.
- Use biodegradable (phosphate-free) detergent and soaps.
- The best things in life are free and also abundant!
- Walk to save on gas whenever possible. You will be more healthy and more happy. Read about how you can Walk Your Blues Away.
- Grow a garden instead of stressing yourself and burning gas driving your car to the grocery store.
What do YOU do regularly to help the planet? What WILL you do today and tomorrow?
Please share what you are doing below.