Green living is being talked about all the time. We all the acquainted with words like green, eco-friendly, sustainable, conscious, low impact, zero waste, etc. but what actually is a green lifestyle. What do you mean by green living? So in a nutshell green living is something that you follow and practice to minimize the use of natural, non-renewable resources so that it does not get finished and we all co-exist and sustain in this beautiful world for many years to come. Basically we live a life that is more on wasting less, going towards a more planet-friendly lifestyle.
We all know that we have been going through so many things currently and there are so many worrisome issues that our mother earth is facing. To name a few there is an extreme change in our weather condition, there are climate changes and global warming, there are pollution and health problems, explosive urban development and land use, many animals are losing their native homes and are homeless, overpopulation and waste management is going out of hands.
Protecting our biodiversity and our oceans and shifting towards renewable energy sources should be our first priority in all this. Sustainable food modal along with awareness and education should be our first priority.
And this is a huge change. In hindsight if you see this is a big change in your lifestyle to make because we have been living in a comfort bubble of convenience wherein you get what you want, you buy what you need, you ship what interests you and you eat what you see around. But is it really worth it? Are we being too selfish? Are we creating a world a place that will be difficult for the future generations to come, for our children, for the elder people to spend the rest of their lives?
Let’s read on how a comfortable person like us can break the molds and start afresh to lead green living that can help him and help the environment. What changes does one need to make in his lifestyle, which will lead him towards green living?
WHY GREEN LIVING?
IT SIMPLIFIES YOUR LIFE
It will simplify your life in the sense that you will have fewer things to deal with. Following a green lifestyle can minimize your requirements and will push you towards only basic things so that is why overall your life will become less complicated and more organized.
SAVES YOU MONEY
Obviously, if you shop less, you save cost, if you buy local you obviously cut your carbon footprints which will relatively save you cost. If you plan to manage waste at the home level you save on other extra paid services and if you make your own stuff, you save a lot of money on packaged products. So overall following a green living saves you a lot of money.
There is no point in explaining this point on how we eventually get a better planet when we lead a green living. The green lifestyle will cut down on so many otherwise worrisome issues that the world is facing. Reducing waste will reduce greenhouse gases, which will eventually take, hold off global warming and climate change. Stopping the use of plastic will clean up the land and the oceans and eventually increase biodiversity health. It’s so astonishing to know that these small actions can impact the earth so much so to strive for a better planet to live.
Obviously eating local and seasonal, going packaged free, preservative-free food at home will increase your health score and you will have a great mind and body composition.
MAKES YOU ORGANIZED
Fewer things, less clutter fewer things, and fewer products at home will eventually make you more organized. Accepting minimalism will enhance your home with more organized set up and less hassle.
Green living will have less wastage and you will have a better cleaner lifestyle. When you only buy from the local market when you buy only the things you actually need, you tend to waste less.
BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE
Green living comes with a better quality of life and better health. Green lifestyle brings us closer to nature which makes our quality of living well simplified and ecofriendly.
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN STARTING GREEN LIVING
There are 6 aspects, which can be looked at for green living !
We are what we eat. It is not about eating meat or no meat because what is accessible and comforting to you has nothing to do with being vegan or being vegetarian or for that matter eating meat. What matters is to ask yourself that are you eating locally sourced food, are you eating seasonal, what are the footprints of your food. All these things can incline with you to follow a beautiful green life. Your diet inclination towards practically less traveled food, natural fresh intakes, and homemade preservative-free is what will make it worth it.
Your way of living also defines how green you are. If you are into too much eating packaged food, shopping too much, or getting things or buying things that necessarily are not required then for sure you are dumping too much trash in your home which in turn is creating a lot of wastage. Green living creates less trash and is a more organized way of living. Living ways define how skillfully and smartly you are reducing wastage and utilizing what you have.
HABITS AND INCLINATION
Habits of using single-use plastic, not carrying your own bags, your own bottles, are the things that adversely affect the environment, that it’s difficult to stand by the principals of green living. Being very clear of your habits and inclination will reduce a lot of things that are not good for the environment.
Here are my top zero waste products that one can use when starting a journey of green living:
This is another aspect of defining the ways you lead a green life. Reducing your travel or let me put in a way to travel smart. Things like carpooling and the use of public transport are some of the ways that you can cut down on energy consumption. Then basic things like the use of natural resources for energy, smart use of led lights, using less light and appliances, etc. Being smart on vacations and making your home eco friendly.
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Influence is a great thing in this time of social media. There are so many things that we see and watch to eventually become what we are. To evolve with changes and progressively become a better person of self is the best thing one can do for self-love and self-care. Getting influenced by the right people and influencing the right like-minded people will help you a lot in leading a hassle free green living.
RESEARCH AND STUDY
Green living is not a method but it is a way of life. Way of life in a way that might differ from regions to the locality, culture to climate, geography to tradition, and accessibility to acceptance. So do your research and follow what works for you. Don’t follow what an American is doing while sitting in Singapore or don’t run and buy an avocado when is not grown in your place. Look for sustainable options that work for you and not for the people sitting in different parts of the world. Research and study before you do anything for yourself.
HOW CAN YOU PRACTICE GREEN LIFESTYLE
It will take time and will certainly everything will not change in one day. This is a lifestyle change and progressing slowly is also fine as its still a progress. You need to stay focused on your belief of being green and eco-friendly and conscious of the earth. Never lose focus.
Knowledge is power. To have read something that is not good for the planet or say that you have been constantly reading about something that you love, a day will come that your conscious will not allow you to use it. This is the power of reading it silently prepares your mind to evolve and change. Reading more will create awareness and a positive change to sustain your green living.
KNOW YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINTS
Another great way to see is to calculate or know where your product is coming from. You have so many choices in the supermarkets. Buying what has reduced travel, sourced locally, grown locally or sold in farmers market should be your ideal choice of purchasing.
After climate change and climate action have become a world emergency and everyone is taking conscious decisions on how to reduce refuse reuse and recycle, there are many changes that even big groups are making in their products and development & researches. What is new, what are the alternatives and improvision are new in the market, what is the latest that is happing for the environment. One needs to be aware of all the current affairs to stay focused on green living.
Accepting is a great mental game. You might be doing the same things anyway but human tendencies are such that if one thing is being subjected to you, the person tends to repel the action. To lead a peaceful green living, you need to accept the positive change and go for it.
DON’T GET CARRIED AWAY
Don’t get carried with all the attractive things that superficially attract the consumer with sugar-coated offers and promotions. They attract consumers who are gullible and promote non-ethical products including all the fast fashion brands, packaged food, plastic items, and may other energy-consuming products. Don’t fall into the prey and do not get carried away. These is all marketing gimmicks that needq1 your attention, ignore, and see your goal.
SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE
Simple is beautiful, uncomplicated, and easy. Make your life simple and natural to avoid all these unnecessary things to join hands with you for your life. Have a sense of gratitude, empathy towards well beings, animals and nature and move forward in life with magical moments of the sound of the birds, flow of the river, and shade of a tree.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SUSTAIN GREEN LIVING
MINIMISE YOUR NEEDS AND WANTS
Minimizing your need and set yourself in the Parameter of buying only the things that you actually can’t get rid off. The minimalistic approach cuts down lots of waste and makes your life more organized.
To read more: MINIMALISTIC WARDROBE ESSENTIALS – SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE!
REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE REPEAT ROT
By now everyone is aware of what actually is the need of the hour. How to reduce things can lead to cut down a lot of waste and would do furthermore if we reuse it properly or recycle upcycle them for our needs. Repeating things will also cut down waste and panic buying and therefore will not put down the burden on mother earth.
To read more: REDUCED BUYING – 20 THINGS TO STOP OR REDUCE SHOPPING
GARDENING AND GROW
Gardening is like therapy. Growing your own food can give you so much satisfaction and it is the first and the easiest step towards leading a green life…like literally. Fresh food and awesome ingredients can be very healthy for you but more than that it is sustainable, green, and coexistant with each other.
To read more: POWERFUL HEALING PLANTS TO GROW IN YOUR GARDEN
MAKE YOUR OWN PRODUCTS
Making your own products will save you on all the extra plastic packaged preservatives loaded with toxin chemicals reaching your home. When you make your own products you save cost, time, and you exactly know what is required and how much is being used. So I strongly recommend making what you can at home to avoid all the packaging reaching your doorsteps.
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COMPOST AND PLANT TREES
Don’t you want to save your kitchen and home scrap and turn them into plant food without any added cost? Nearly 40% of what we throw is food, home waste, dry leaves, etc. So why not start composting it if you have a small garden at your home.
Baby steps matter a lot, so don’t think that composting my little trash will not help the planet on a longer run. Be smart, aware, and work towards minimal wastage.
GO LOCAL AND SEASONAL
Many benefits of eating locally grown and seasonal food is that it tastes better, fresher with a higher nutritional value, supports your body’s natural nutritional needs. Local foods usually have less environmental impact, fewer carbon footprints, it preserves green space and farmland, promotes safety as it is less traveled. Local food is not chemically preserved and creates less plastic trash, supports the local economy, saves you lots of money, and add wider variety of foods in the diet. Undoubtedly other than numerous reasons, it is good for your health, your environment, and the taste buds
Read more: AWESOME BENEFITS OF HANDMADE PRODUCTS
BE KIND TO ANIMALS
Testing on animals, eating them, wearing them, and abusing them in the way to gain from them is an insensitive thought. Being kind to animals in terms of everything like discouraging the use of factory farms, using them for entertainment, for fashion and other purposes. Breeding and killing so many sea animals and other animals for food is not great practice. Sustainable eating practices have a lot to do with animals.
To read more COMPLETE GUIDE ON SUSTAINABLE EATING
MOVE TOWARDS NATURAL LIVING
Come close to nature. Find healings and solutions in nature. Moving towards a nature-friendly living can cut down so many unnecessary things from your life without adding extra cost and liability. We are the part of nature and nobody can take us out of that. The traditional lifestyle is wonderful and adapting to the natural cycles of the earth is the best thing you can do to protect it.
ENCOURAGE AND AWARE
Encourage others to guide them through green living. Being aware of what is happening in the world can contribute a lot to building a better world. Being aware and conscious of things around you reflect on others as well and therefore it expands with your thoughts.
CUT YOUR TRAVELS
COVID has already cut out so many things including travel but if something goes down it comes up. Travelling sensibly is a major factor in how you contribute to greenhouse gases. How you plan your stay, what you eat, how you travel, and what are the things that you carry all contribute to making your travel sustainable. Need to know how can you be a smart traveler? Read this.
To read more AWESOME SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL TIPS
GO ZERO OR LOW WASTE
Do not waste things at home and try to reduce as much as you can because waste management is a big issue currently and if we cut down waste at the individual level, at our homes, it can be a great contribution to cut down the landfill waste and eventually global warming.
STOP PLASTIC CONSUMPTION
One must be living under the rock who doesn’t know how to cut down on plastic or why one should cut down on plastic, especially single-use. Plastic doesn’t decompose or biodegrade and remain in the soil and water for hundreds of years to come. The first thing you can do is to stop using the single-use plastic and carry your own reusables wherever you go.
PROMOTE RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES
Promoting renewable energy sources like solar, wind, biogas water, etc can reduce the use of nonrenewable energy like coal, natural gas, and oil which will reduce the burning of fossil fuels and hence the greenhouse gases. Promote renewable energy sources and uplift your green living.
Read more THINGS YOU CAN DO TO CELEBRATE EARTH
SUSTAINABLE FOOD MODEL
What food is good and how much is that food travels to reach you is the question you need to ask yourself to have a better understanding of the sustainable food chain. This is a vast topic and has several things and conditions attached to it.
This one is so basic. Save water to reduce hydro stress the world is facing. Be careful about how much you are consuming. Try to develop habits to reduce your wastage and bring up a positive change.
GREEN IS FUTURE
Simple natural green living is such a wonderful approach to lead your life in peace and happiness. You flourish and you see others flourish. Going towards nature and simple living makes you out of the race that everybody is running. Green living brings you close to nature, it allows you to expand your horizon to explore so many beautiful things that have been ignored in so many other ways and got faded away in the hassle and bustle of life.