You probably already knew that you can “green” your home and your commute, but what about your life? In fact, many changes that you can make in your life start with simple behavior changes. You can (and definitely should!) install CFL light bulbs in your home, but it’s also important that you get into the habit of turning lights off when you leave a room.
To live a green life doesn’t necessarily mean you have to change your lifestyle (although you can change something as significant as your diet for an even bigger impact!). There are plenty of ways to get what you’re used to getting while also reducing your ecological footprint.
The Steps You Can Take Every Day page of this website provides a list of specific tips, but below are some general considerations.
Purchasing Power (GOODS)
As a consumer, you hold incredible power. The decisions you make at the checkout will shift and direct trends of the market. Use your money to purchase recycled, recyclable, durable goods with the least amount of packaging.
Dietary Habits and Food Preferences (FOOD)
Different dietary preferences may have more or less of an impact on the environment. A vegetarian diet, for instance, requires fewer inputs and resources, and generates fewer emissions than an omnivore’s diet.
Buy local and organic food which requires less fuel for shipping or petrochemical-based fertilizers and pesticides that can be harmful to human health and the environment. Also be sure to buy foods when they are in season.
How you spend your downtime can make a significant contribution to your ecological footprint. Green your vacations by reducing travel or choosing a more efficient method of traveling. And make sure that your play time is just as green! Spend more time outdoors, enjoying activities that use fewer resources.
Health and Wellness
Take care of yourself by greening your health and wellness routines. This includes choosing healthy, natural products for your personal care. Be sure that what you do to make yourself healthier is also something that makes our planet healthier!