Eco friendly living is a must if you want to protect your health and the health of the planet. We evolved in harmony with nature. When you cut back your consumption of energy and chemicals, and incorporate green living tips into your daily life, you contribute to the wellness of all beings on this planet, including yourself.
We must all do our part if we want a chance of living a healthy lifestyle. Clean air, food, water and land improve quality of life. Beauty and nature are good for the soul. Not only that, you conserve resources and are likely to save money, especially in health care.
Toxins in all forms compromise your quality of life in mind, body, and spirit.
Poisons from pollution are a major source of many health problems because what is in your air, water, and food supply eventually ends up inside you.
When these poisons get absorbed by your tissues and stored in your body, they interfere with proper cell functioning. Your energy and vitality diminishes and you become more susceptible to diseases like asthma and cancers.
The idea of eco friendly living can be overwhelming and it is tempting to decide your little part doesn't matter. It does, and every little bit helps. Start with the following living green tips. They are easy to implement and will save you money. As you practice eco friendly living habits you will naturally grow in awareness and will find even more ways to go green.
1-Carry your own reusable bags with you on shopping trips. Return plastic bags to the store for recycling or reuse them on your next visit. Plastic bag manufacturing in the U.S. alone burns approximately 12 million barrels of oil a year and hundreds of millions of bags end up in landfills and waterways. They take approximately 1,000 years to degrade.
2-Eco friendly living starts at home and in your neighborhood. Buy it local. Transportation requires a lot of fuel. Support your local economy including small farmers. Much of their produce at farmers markets is fresh, high quality, and organic or close to it. Feel free to ask.
3-Reduce use of lights, TV and appliances when possible. Electronics using phantom power waste energy and create tons of emissions. Unplug or turn off power strips when finished using them for the day. Turn off lights when no one is in the room for more than 10-15 minutes. Set your freezer to two degrees and your refrigerator to 37 degrees. Set your hot water heater to 120 degrees. That is hot enough and safer, too. These simple practices limit pollution, save natural resources and lots of money.
As a bonus, you will cut down on the electro magnetic waves in your home. Always limit how much you stand close to, or touch electronics, including your cell phone.
4-Choose non-toxic green cleaning products to protect your family and environment from chemical toxins that make you sick.
Green cleaning products protect your health and the environment from toxic fumes and chemicals. They do a great job for all but the toughest cleaning needs.
5-Think eco friendly living when remodeling. Choose green home products such as low VOC paints, carpets and countertops made with recycled materials, and natural sustainably grown products over synthetics to reduce unhealthy indoor air pollution. Boycott unsustainable hard woods harvested from rain forests.
Utility companies may offer free energy assessments and suggest options to optimize energy saving. Weather stripping and caulking are inexpensive and easy. Insulating ceilings and walls, or replacing old windows are more costly in the short term, but pay for themselves in a few years and save you lots of money after that. They save literally tons of energy resources and spare the earth tons of CO2 emissions, making them win-win for everyone.
6-Boycott plastic water bottles. This eco friendly living tip benefits you and the planet. Use filtering pitchers or tap filters and refill your own bottles. Stainless steel is great for on the go. Plastic made from petroleum and obesogenic chemicals disrupt your hormones as they leach into the water, especially when hot.
Do not be fooled by BPA free flexible plastic. Most likely it was replaced by the equally toxic BPS. If you taste plastic, you are drinking chemicals. Not only that, but every year, the U.S., we dump enough plastic water bottles to circle the earth over 100 times.
7- Limit disposable items. Use real dishes and silverware. Drink from a mug, not styrofoam, which takes 500 years to degrade. It is made from coal, petroleum and ethylene which pollutes air and water. These chemicals cause lung cancer and neurological problems. 25% of landfill waste is chemical leaching styrofoam. Need a doggy bag? Bring your own container.
8-Use compact fluorescent bulbs. They use four times less energy than regular bulbs and last fifteen times longer. If every American household changes out ten lights it would be like taking 16 million cars off the road for a year. You can now get them mercury-free.
9-Use your clothes washer and dryer efficiently. Wash in warm or cold water. Hot water is rarely necessary. Do a few loads at a time. A warmed up dryer saves drying time and energy. Remove lint after every load to dry clothes faster. Too much lint is a fire hazard and wastes energy.
10-Be discerning about what you put on your skin and in your body.
These ten green living tips are small changes you can easily make. There are many more. Once you start implementing them and establish new habits, eco friendly living will be second nature.
Eco friendly living is an important part of healthy living. If you, or someone in your home, has a chronic illness, make using green cleaning products and personal care products a high priority. Using green home products are really 'no brainers' for everyone because once the switches are made you can forget about them.
By yourself the effects of living green on the planet may appear insignificant. Do not kid yourself. When lots of people pitch in, the benefits are enormous. Please do your part. The health advantages of living a chemical free lifestyle are huge. Your home and our planet will be a healthier place for you and all of us to live.