How To Live A Green Lifestyle With Your Eco-friendly Behaviour
Introduction to Eco-friendlly products? And why should you buy it?
We are going to first explore what is eco-friendly and what does it actually mean. Eco-friendly is another adjective meaning no harmful to the environment. Literally, eco-friendly means earth-friendly or non-environmentally harmful. This term most commonly referred to products that contribute to green living practices that help conserve resources like water and energy. Eco-friendly products also prevent air, water and land pollution. Becoming eco-friendly is becoming more and more important. Everyone has a part to play.
So, what is being eco-friendly? The easiest way to define what being eco-friendly means to say that it is the act of living with purpose. This purpose is focused on reducing harm to the environment and preventing as much harm from occurring to the environment through your interactions with it. It goes beyond an idea and extends to actual practises that influence how communities, business and individuals conduct themselves. Being eco-friendly goes far beyond simply turning off the lights when you leave the room or separating your garbage for recycling. Eco-friendly products have to conserve energy and also prevent air, water and noise pollution. They are better for the environment and also improve human health.
So how do we start becoming eco-friendly?
Firstly, we need to learn to consume items that cost minimal environmental harm.
Secondly, we need to discover the extent of our carbon footprint and act to lessen that on the environment.
Finally, Strive to support others that work to live and produce eco-friendly and sustainable communities. Make the right choice today. Choose products that are sourced from sustainable and renewable resources.
4 Questions you should ask before you buy any eco-friendly products of any kind :
- What kind of materials are the products made of? Are they made of recycled materials, are they made of more than 50% recycled materials, are they made of agricultural fibre, are they made of other waste products.
- Where the products made are they made locally in your country in your continent or all the way over on the other side of the world.
- What kind of value chain lifecycle analysis says the manufacturer done and have they shared that with you with full transparency so you could see actually what happened in the making of your product and
- What kind of service warranty and follow-up are you going to get on the products?
So I hope this list has been helpful for you. Please keep in mind next time you’re shopping for your eco-friendly products.
Going Green is Not As Hard As You Might Think
Going Green is not something that happens overnight. It’s a laid out plan on how each and every one of us must think green whenever we can.
Gone are the days when you left it up to the other guy. You and I are the other guys. Start Simple. That’s the Plan. Included are some small steps that you can take that don’t cost anything (other than effort).
The key to going green is to take it slow. Most people have given some amount of thought to living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, but frequently become overwhelmed as to where to start so they delay taking that first step.
Success is obtained by forming a plan that can be executed over time. Try to make one or two changes ever 30 – 60 days so you allow it to become a habit before taking on the next steps. For anything to become a “habit” you must repeat the step for up to six weeks. Then it becomes natural, and you do it without thought.
It’s like learning to turn out the lights when you leave a room or turn off the TV that no one is watching.
So where to begin? I will list many small steps that help the environment in a very small but positive way. Pick two and put them into effect right away. Another key to success is to take action. Mark it on your calendar and look in advance where the 30 – 45 days end. Then go ahead and pick your next goals. Plan what you want to try at the end of your habit-forming period. As you review the list you may adjust the idea to fit your circumstances.
Going green requires commitment, time, patience and flexibility. What works for one person will not work for next person. Don’t worry about the other guy for now. If everyone took just one step per month to go green, there is a very good chance that we will have a country to be proud of as leaders in the world in the race to become Eco-friendly.
Here are some ideas to get you started. You may already be doing some of them and for that, I say “Thank You.”
1.Recycle aluminium: Recycle everything you can just don’t try to do it all at once. Most people and businesses recycle aluminium. If you don’t, start. Even if you don’t care about the money that you can collect by selling it to a recycling centre, you can donate the collected bags to a neighbour, church or scout in your area. Believe me, you can find someone fairly easy who would love to pick up your saved aluminium and collect the money themselves.
2. Recycle glass: Glass is a little harder to recycle because it doesn’t crush down like aluminium. One way to get around this is to drop the glass into a metal container and allow it to break as you do. Broken glass requires less storage. Glass can be recycled over and over again so actually not one piece of glass should be thrown in the landfill. Do check whether or not you have to separate clear from coloured glass.
3. Recycle paper: Almost every piece of paper, cardboard, phone book, copy paper, junk mail and the list goes on, should be reused. And in your effort to recycle paper, also purchase items that are made from recycled paper. There will come a day when you will be impressed to have a document or a sales flyer come in the mail that is printed on recycled paper. You will give more credit to that business for doing their part in the Green Movement.
4. Purchase reusable grocery sacks: You can get them for a very reasonable price on eBay. Don’t pay for those expensive one’s they try to sell in the grocery stores. You are already spending too much there already.
There are only 3 drawbacks to using them:
a) They are so strong you can easily overload them and the handles will not break.
b) You have to get into the habit of getting them back out to your car once you’ve uploaded them. And
c) It’s hard to use them at the self-check areas. In most stores, you throw off the scale on the purchased side of the scanner do to the extra few ounces that they weigh. I believe they will get this problem worked out soon as more people use them. As an added bonus, you can purchase one’s that are insulated to help keep your cold items cold until you get home.
5. Refuse grocery bags: Have you noticed that many times when you are purchasing one or two items, they always stick them in a plastic bag? If you can carry them without the bag, refuse one.
6. Recycle used electronics: Especially cell phones and inkjets. You can get special mail-in bags at Pets-mart to send them to Pets-mart Charities and the postage is on them.
7. Recycle your batteries: No batteries of any type should end up in the landfill. Go one step further and use rechargeable batteries whenever possible.
8. Recycle old scrap computers: Computers should be taken to reputable recyclers. Be careful whom you surrender it to. It doesn’t take long for a professional hacker to retrieve personal information that may be stored on the hard drive. Don’t become a victim of identity theft trying to do the right thing for the environment.
9. Use biodegradable plastics, perfume and dye-free: These organic and biodegradable plastics can be easily disposed of without any harm to the surrounding environment.
10. Purchase items in recyclable or biodegradable containers whenever possible which are made from a blend of plant fibres such as bamboo, bulrush, and sugar cane.
11. Donate used or excess materials when doing a house project: Call a junk man to pick up your used appliances. Use building materials that are labelled “Green” or “Eco-friendly”.
12. Be a conscious driver: Carpool if possible. Even with gas prices down a bit for the moment, it’s still important that we reduce our fuel consumption overall. Drive 65 mph on the highway. Properly inflate your tires. Consolidate your trips. Keep your car serviced regularly. Empty your trunk of excess waste. It may not seem like a lot, but if every driver on the road did these few things, we could save millions of gallons of fuel per year.
13. Recycle eyeglasses and hearing aids.
14.Compost kitchen scraps and yard debris. Use your leaves as mulch on your flower beds over the winter.
15. Collect rain water for watering your plants. Indoor and outdoor plants.
16. Avoid Styrofoam whenever possible: When used with food products, especially when heated, Styrofoam releases toxic chemicals into the food causing contamination which can be hazardous to your health. In addition, when exposed to sunlight, Styrofoam produces harmful air contaminants that contaminate landfill sites and deplete the ozone layer.
17. Turn off what you are not using: Lights, computers, TVs, stereos. Use surge protectors to turn off your computer, printer, fax, router, etc. or at your entertainment centre with the TV, DVD, cable router. You may be surprised by how much energy is used by these electronic devices even when you turn them off.
As you can see there are many ways to start going green. What is important is that we all start somewhere.
Going green is not only easy once you form a habit of it, but it’s also satisfying to know that you are doing your part to help save our precious planet.