How to Start Living Green
Recycling your aluminum cans is only the beginning of green living. To get started living a green life, follow these tips:
1. Don’t buy things that you don’t need.
Seems simple, but why is it that our houses are over-flowing with silly things that we don’t know what to do with? It’s because of the way we buy things. We buy things that we like without really thinking about how we will use them. Later, most these items end up in the landfill.
The next time you want to buy something, picture yourself using this item, or picture the place in your house where you’d like to put it. If it is an item of clothing, picture yourself wearing it with other items in your wardrobe. Ask yourself honestly…do I need this? Will I use this?
Chances are good that, if you keep stop for a moment and think, you just might discover that you don’t need it at all.
Remember this when buying gifts for people as well. Does the gift recipient really need this? Buying somebody a gift they don’t want or need is just forcing them to do extra work to dispose of it. Not much of a gift at all (see Gifts, Buying and Receiving for more tips).
2. Down with “Disposable”
Many industrialized nations have embraced a “disposable culture,” where everything we buy is meant to be thrown away. This is not progress. It’s downright wrong-headed. And it’s also expensive because you are constantly buying things just to throw them away.
Did you know that disposable razors are meant to be used only 2-3 times before you are supposed to throw them away? Can you imagine if every human adult on earth threw out two disposable razors a week. Think about all that plastic sitting in landfills. There is a better way.
Green living means you need to immediately stop buying as many disposable items as possible. Instead, make these replacements:
|Don’t Buy These:||Try This:|
|Disposable Razors||A real razor and a razor sharpener|
|Disposable Wipes||A rag and a bowl of soapy water|
|Disposable Dishes||Real dishes (If you are having a party, try renting dishes from a party supply store)|
|Plastic Flossers||Dental floss|
|Plastic Shopping Bags||Large, sturdy totes|
|Plastic Water Bottles||BPA-Free, Washable Water Bottle|
|Zip-Top Baggies||Washable plastic/glass food containers|
|Disposable Diapers||Washable Diapers (They’ve come a long way and cost a fraction of the price of disposables)|
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