‘Going GREEN’ Posts
In this worldwide economy, it’s hard to know where the products you buy come from. I try hard to buy products that don’t come from sweat shops or places where people are treated unfairly. Although there is one local fair trade store near my house, finding online stores that provide fair trade have proven harder. I recently found an online store that provides a great selection of artisan products from around the world.
Whenever I talk to someone about being more earth friendly, I usually hear the same phrase over and over again. It goes something like this: I’d like to help, but there’s not a lot I could do that would make much of a difference since I’m only one person. If you are one of the many who have said something like this, I want you to think again. There are billions of people in the world, and if everyone did their part, it would make HUGE difference. Apathy like this is what prevents us from taking care of our earth. I think the only way to motivate some people to re-adjust their thinking is to show them how it could be profitable to be earth friendly. JR.com has created a section on their site that includes only items that are aimed at using less energy and made from more earth friendly products.
I may be a little more passionate about sustainability than the average person, but it’s on my mind a lot these days because of my husband. He is working on his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and is learning about all the ways we are destroying the world that we depend on for everything. With this new found knowledge, we find ourselves constantly on the look out for ways that we can do our part to help slow down this seemingly irreversible destruction. Many companies around the world are deciding they want to be more sustainable and are making the necessary changes to become so. I found a few of these companies that are doing great things to reduce their carbon footprint on this beautiful planet.
Top Six Reasons to Live More Earth Friendly Today:
1. We only have one earth and if we destroy it, we all die
2. Our children deserve a clean earth to grow up in
3. Helping the earth get back in balance with help decrease natural disasters
4. It’s not as hard to do as you think
5. Living a more earth friendly lifestyle will help you save money
6. Treating the earth with kindness make you feel warm and fuzzy inside
Six Easy Ways to Live More Earth Friendly Today:
Did you know that lighting takes up to 25% of the average American’s electric budget? Well, neither did I, but it does and there is a way to bring down that percent.
Simply use an energy efficient light bulb.
There are two kinds of lighting that are recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy. The first is LED and the second is CFL.
“If I told you that the same lifestyle choice could help you lose weight, reduce your risk of many long-term or chronic diseases, save you real money, and help stop global warming, I imagine you’d be intrigued. If I also told you that this change, while not effortless, would be easier and more pleasant than any diet you’ve ever tried, would take less time and effort than your exercise routine, and would require no sacrifice, I would think you’d want to read more. If you do, you’ll find an explanation of the links among diet, health, the environment in general, and climate change in particular, and you’ll see how you can make a difference.”
Like many people, I try to eat well and exercise to stay healthy. I plan my meals in advance and try to include fruits and vegetables with most meals. I’m getting better at it, but I know I have a long way to go. My husband and I have been trying to go more GREEN with things that we do and how we live our lives. We live in a small home, drive only one car, recycle and try to cook most food from scratch. However, there is one area that I need to be better at. I need to buy more food locally from community farmers. In just about any city in the country you can find local farmers that grow fruits and vegetables. It does take more effort to find these farmers and it does cause you to go out of your normal routine of buying everything at the grocery store, but here are some great reasons why buying local is better all around.
For as long as I can remember I’ve been a total tomboy and disliked everything there was to do with dolls, bows, high heels, all things involving glitter and high pitched girly screams. I always played sports with the guys at recess instead of hanging on the tricky bars or joining the other girls at hopscotch or the swings. In high school I rarely wore makeup and usually wore sweats, a t-shirt and had my hair in a ponytail. In college I somehow managed to attract an awesome guy and we have two children and will celebrate our ten year anniversary this year. You’re probably wondering what this has to do with the blog title, so here’s the tie in.
Now days everywhere you turn you hear about “Going Green”. The topics include cars, food, housing, utilities, carbon footprints, sustainable energy, etc. My question to you is this: Is your Wardrobe Green?
This question may seem ridiculous at first but I have found some simple ways we all can take this step. I know that on some level each of us have more clothes in our wardrobe than we need or even know about. So here is how I went “GREEN” in my wardrobe at home!
Do you remember when you were young and you used to get one, maybe two toys for your birthday and Christmas? You played with that one toy day in and day out until it finally had to be thrown away. In those days toys were made of wood, cloth or metal, and were built to last for years. Most toys I find these days are cheaply made from plastic or paper and barely last more than a week. We’ve slowly turned into a community that accepts disposable toys without thinking of the consequences it may cause to the earth.