Everyone is talking about Green. Live Green, Buy Green, Go Green, Build Green, Eat Green, Shop Green, whew! I am tired out and confused just listing a few Green Choices.
With so much talk about Going Green people can get overwhelmed and that is what we do not want.
There is no reason to get beat down by Green. Take it slow, learn as you go and do what works for you and your lifestyle.
I want people to understand what green is!
And answer the big question, WHY GO GREEN?
When you are trying to get people to adapt or change their lifestyle, it would surely help to explain why!
Why do you eat?, Why do you go to work? Why do you pay your bills? etc… the reason we do things is that there is an action or consequences when we do not do them!
So I ask again, WHY GO GREEN?
Think about the consequences of not Going Green!
Let’s examine the Big Picture, It is a simple fact that everything thing that we do every day has an impact on the planet, some good, some not so good and some are just plain bad. As individuals we have the power for the most part to control our choices and, therefore the impact that we create: for example where we live, to what we buy, eat, and uses to power our car, or home, even to how or where we shop, can have global impact.
When we talk about Green Living we talk about many things.
So I ask one more time, WHY GO GREEN?
Here are 9 Reasons why to Go Green!
1. Eat Green – Green food good for the body and the planet. Eating Green means – eat seasonal, local, organic foods. This means fresher, tastier foods that are also healthier. Making green food choices also has global consequences. Buying local means supporting the local economy and reducing the greenhouse gas emissions required to get food from its origin to your plate. When we buy fresh food it means reducing packaging and energy used for processing. Choosing organic foods means no chemicals, pesticides or added hormones, organic also means responsible land use and farming practices.
2. Using Green(Eco-Friendly) Skin and Hair care products – Your skin — the body’s largest organ — absorbs up to 60 percent of the products you put on it every day. It makes sense to choose eco-friendly Green products. Think of all of the chemicals that are entering your body when you use traditional products. How many products do you use on a daily basis – soaps, shampoos, skin creams, lip stick, sunscreen, etc…
3. Using Green (Eco-Friendly) cleaning products - There are many reasons that we should consider using Green, ethical cleaning products. Ethical means they are not tested on animals, Green or natural cleaning products are free of toxic chemicals, some of which are believed to lead to many health problems. Just by having these products in your home, you are breathing in the chemicals that they are made of.
4. The clothes on your back – Making clothing involves a large amount of materials, energy, and labor? This includes the pesticides used to grow crops for textiles, the dyes and water used to color them, and conditions under which laborers work. By choosing eco-friendly clothing ? Purchasing organic over conventional cotton, one of the world’s most chemically dependent crops. How you care for your clothes, using cold water in the washing machine, only washing full loads and line-drying (at least part of the time) can all reduce the impact of your wardrobe. Wearing second-hand styles (reduces, reuses and recycles) helps diverts traffic to landfills, as well as save energy and resources.
5. Conserve water usage – Water is not a renewable resource. Clean water is very likely the planet’s most precious resource. For many regions across the globe, access to high-quality potable water is already becoming a problem. Being water conscious will help to ensure that there is enough to go around. We need to cut back and eventually stop using bottled water, which will reduce global greenhouse gas emissions (from shipping), the energy required to produce (petroleum-derived) plastic, and the huge amounts of empty bottles that end up in our landfills. Reduce your shower times and turn off water while brushing teeth.
6. Reduce your consumption – Making stuff takes energy. Every object you own comes from somewhere and has an environmental impact. You can reduce the carbon footprint of your material life by choosing to buy things made from green materials or repurposed and recycled materials. Making Green choices will help protect forests, clean water and ensure sustainable land-use practices, as well as reduce the amount of waste that will end up in landfills. Buying less and buying second-hand are also Green choices!
7. Reuse when possible – reusing leads to less consumption. When you use reusable shopping bags or carry a refillable water or coffee container, etc… you save energy that it takes to make new products, you save the materials that things are made of, (most plastics are petroleum based) less dependency on oil, save energy from transporting and manufacturing new things and we have less trash to deal with.
8. Nature Recycles Everything, Shouldn’t We. We can Reduce our consumption, we Reuse when possible and finally if we can not reuse, we Recycle, finding constructive uses for “waste” materials. Why? Nothing is ever really thrown “away”, it all has to go somewhere. By recycling and reusing, we reduce the amount of waste that sits in landfills. Recycling materials also saves energy compared to using virgin materials to create new products. Materials, like aluminum, steel and glass, can be recycled without being “downcycled”, or without loss in quality when they are reprocessed.
9. Clean transportation means less global warming. Driving a gas or diesel-powered car creates carbon dioxide and emission particulate. Not good for the environment or Global warming in particular. Choosing greener options such as electric vehicles, choosing to walk, ride a bike or use public transportation, can immensely reduce your carbon footprint.
Making Green choice just makes sense!
Category: Go Green Living Tips
About the Author (Author Profile)
Creator/Host of Go Green America TV
Jeff (Jf) Davis aka The Go Green Guy is from Maine
Moved to LA to follow his passion as an actor
these days he is still acting, lives in LA with his wife and two boys
an writes about Green Living for his website Go Green America TV
that will soon be a TV show!!
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