Green Living in the Suburbs

The earth is our home; it is the only home we’ve got. The earth is where we were born, where we raise our kids and where we care for our animals. These reasons alone should be enough to make everyone live a greener lifestyle. Humans are mostly to blame for the deforestation, polluted waters and animal extinction we read and hear about every day, we made the mess that we currently live in and it is up to us to clean it up.

The term “Eco Friendly” or “Green Living” are often viewed at as a chore while others may be intimated because they are not sure what it means to live a greener lifestyle. Being green means to makes choices with the environment in mind, it means to inflict minimal or no harm to the eco-system. Green living does not have to be or expensive and it does not have to be a chore. In fact, darkening your shade of green can be fun and exciting; it can be positive and inspiring. There are simple everyday things that we can all do right now inside our homes that would make a positive change to the environment. Acts of green doesn’t have to be big and expensive; the smallest changes can make the biggest impact.
Here are some things that we can all do to live a greener lifestyle:

• Recycle: Everything that can be recycled should be recycled and that includes food, furniture, batteries and bulbs. The garbage in the landfill creates gases that add to global warming, by recycling, you’re not only cutting down on the garbage you throw out, you are also aiding in the making of new products.

• Reuse: Plastics currently generate the most waste worldwide, by switching to reusable shopping bags, snack bags, straws, water bottles, etc you will be cutting down our dependence of all things plastic.

• Carpool/public transportation: Carpooling, public transportation, walking and biking as means of getting around not only saves gas money; it also keeps fewer cars off the street.

• Unplug it/Turn it off: Turning the tap off in between washing the dishes and brushing your teeth saves water and unplugging chargers and other electrical devices conserves energy.

• Buy local and organic: Buying local and organic fruits and vegetables means that your food didn’t have to travel far to get to you and it also means that it wasn’t sprayed by harsh pesticides and other chemicals. Pesticides are not only harmful to humans it can cause harm to the soil and animals alike.

• Educate: You may inspire change by educating family friends and peers about the positives of being green.

Living a greener lifestyle is a path that everyone should take; you hear about it and see examples of it seemingly everywhere now. Companies are changing the formula of the products and services they offer, celebrates endorse and try to inspire Eco Friendly living. But being green is so much more than a long overdue trend. We have to start respecting the environment for ourselves, for our children and for generations to come.

Christine writes about a variety of home and lifestyle topics. Visit Texas Home & Lifestyle for more home improvement resources.


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