A Guide To Environmental Conservation
Green living is about making a conscious effort to reduce the impact of our ecological footprint.
Going green means first making an assessment of what we consume or use in our lives, how we travel around, and what we can do to lessen the impact of our footprint on the earth.
The following basic green living guide will help you implement your commitment to living green:
1. Improve household energy efficiency.
2. Buy the most energy efficient appliances when replacing older models. Look for those that are Energy Star rated.
3. Make your own green energy from the sun or wind. Highly efficient solar panels are being created using nano solar technology. Compact, efficient residential and industrial wind turbines are also being developed that are much smaller and produce more energy than current machines. The Green Living Revolution is creating much more efficient green technology.
About 14% of home energy use is related to heating water. Consider using a solar water heater to conserve energy and reduce your utility bill.
4. Reduce or eliminate the use of paper towels and napkins. Use cloth napkins and cut up old towels to use instead of paper towels - then wash and reuse. When you do buy paper towels and toilet paper, purchase brands that are unbleached and are made from recycled paper.
According to the Seventh Generation company, if every household in the U.S. replaced just one roll of 120 ct. virgin fiber paper towels with 100% recycled ones, we could save:
5. Reduce junk mail and catalog mailings.
6. Carry your own mug and water bottle. Purchase a stainless steel mug instead of using disposable styrofoam or paper cups for tea and coffee.
Carry home-filtered water in a stainless steel, tempered glass, or non BPA plastic water bottle.
Don't even buy bottled water. Besides being no safer than tap water, the environmental impact of manufacturing the plastic bottles and transporting the finished product is enormous.
More than 26 billion plastic bottles are thrown away every year.
Even if you recycle the bottles, the process of collection, breakdown, and creating new products causes more environmental pollution.
7. Use natural cleaners and other household products. Green cleaning products use environmentally safe ingredients to keep your home clean and safe from toxic chemical residues and vapors.
8. Choose to walk, ride a bike, carpool, or take public transportation to reduce or eliminate the carbon dioxide and particulate emissions created by driving a gas or diesel powered vehicle. This is especially rewarding when you travel through a beautiful or interesting area and have time to savor the experience.
9. Bring your own reusable grocery bags when you go shopping. Remember to return them to your purse, daypack, or car after you put away the groceries.
If you forget to bring them into the grocery store, it's truly worth the effort to walk back to your car to get them. Globally, it's estimated that 4 billion plastic bags end up as litter each year. Commit to the green living habit of avoiding the use of plastic bags.
10. Reduce your purchase of 'stuff'. Stuff takes a lot of energy to produce and transport, so give some thought to whether you really need the item. If so, choose goods made from greener materials, such as sustainably harvested wood, organic cotton or hemp, or repurposed and recycled materials. The Story of Stuff
11. Reduce ~ Reuse ~ Recycle is a great motto for green living. Spread the word and help with the recycling effort in your community - such as at schools, parks, and businesses.
12. Water is not a renewable resource.
13. Eat local, seasonal organic foods. We've become accustomed to eating fruits and vegetables that were previously out of season and unavailable for much of the year. The global food industry ships products thousands of miles away - at a cost to the environment.
Modern agriculture depletes the soil and adds a chemical load to the food. Organic produce, harvested locally at ripening, is much more nutritious and tasty. Support your local green living growers.
14. Purchase free-range meats, poultry, and eggs. If you choose to eat meat products, start eating less.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that beef, chicken and hog waste has polluted 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states and contaminated groundwater in 17 states. Factory farms are the largest source of toxic ammonia air pollution in the U.S.
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