Thursday, August 27, 2009

The basics of green living

The importance of green living has become a front burner issue recently. This is simply a responsible lifestyle that focuses on minimizing one’s negative impact on the environment. It is a healthier and happier way of life for you, your family and the global community.

Living green offers a cleaner way of life designed to offer protection to the earth from the waste created by our generation, by shifting our focus from just making choices to making more environmentally conscious choices, and clears a cleaner path for the generations that will inherit any environmental mess we leave behind.

There are many ways people can “Go Green” without it being a complex transition. Many people fear going green because of cost. Making this change may even save you money while you help to save the planet.

Living a green life must be about innovation not deprivation. It’s not about doing without; it’s about doing it differently. It can mean changing many things, maybe in ways you may not have thought. There are a plethora of things that we can all do, many which won’t require much effort that we can adopt into our daily lifestyle. Many of the classic life lessons that are taught in school like recycling and not littering are some of the basic principles, also turning off lights in the bedrooms, bathrooms and other places in your house that are not in use. We all know how important it is to recycle, cans, glass and plastic, but what about other items in our homes that we no longer use? Remember the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” This is very true in today’s times. There are organizations and groups that you can connect to reach people all throughout your community that would consider your unwanted items their treasure. Two of these organizations are the Reuse It Network or Freecycle. Groups will be listed according to city and state. There are also charities that you can give your items to for a tax deduction.

Now let’s talk about how green living will affect your health and the health of your family. We are bombarded with toxic chemicals on a daily basis in our own homes. When you go green, these chemicals are no longer an option for you. You can find more organic and natural options than you ever thought possible. The best option when it comes to your food is to buy from local farmers. You are then getting a great value for your money and supporting your local community. The cleaners you use to clean your home also affect you and your family in numerous ways. Thankfully, some of the leaders in the household cleaning products, know how important having natural products has become to us, but we can still go further. Read the labels, research the ingredients, know what you are getting and how it will affect your family.

Living green is the gateway to a happier, healthier you.

By Columbia Life Coach ExaminerTerri Marshall