Green, it seems, is the new black. It’s in. It’s now. It’s hot – even in Hollywood. But unlike bell-bottoms and Ugg boots, the emergent Eco-friendly consciousness is not likely to be a passing fad. Ecological concerns have spread to the mainstream for one perfect reason: Their immediate relevance to our quality of life has become impossible to ignore.
So, you’ve read all about going green, you have spent some serious google time looking up the definition of green living. You even might have delved into the environmental health issues or reasons why people go green. Remember though, that saving the earth isn’t always second nature. But there are simple and cost-effective things that you can do to have an Eco-friendly home without losing you’re cool.
Go Green, Go LED
How we light up the places we live, work and play in can make a big impact on how we feel. It also has a substantial effect on the environment. The kind of bulbs, fixtures, the type of power, and the habits we keep can all add up to a very significant greening effect. Starting off with the fact that a conventional incandescent bulb turns only around five to ten percent of its consumed energy into light, the rest goes out as heat. Just by switching to LED, there’s no limit to how green your lighting can be.
So, take this opportunity to get out and buy yourself a new LED lamp.
Use Water Wisely
Did you know that three percent of the nation’s energy is used to pump and treat water? (I know it’s shocking)! Conserving water saves energy, both at home and for your city! You can take a few simple actions to help conserve your water and help the environment stay green.
Turn off your tap. I know it sounds basic but I can’t tell you how many times I forget to turn off the tap when I brush my teeth – this can save you around 6 liters of water per minute. (Amazing)!
On that same note, why not take a shorter shower. Showers can use anything between 6 and 45 liters per minute! So, if you’re like me and you relish your shower time consider getting an aerated shower head, which combines water and air, or, by inserting a regulator in your shower, which puts an upper limit on flow rates.
Water is a precious commodity, made more precious as annual droughts increase in intensity.
Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Repeat
Recycling is one of the best ways for you to have a positive impact on the world in which we live. Recycling is vital to both the natural environment and to ourselves. Yet for myself, I am continually struggling to recycle. I know how great and easy it is to recycle, yet, it still seems to take so much of an effort.
Have you thought about putting an extra wastebasket in your bathroom to hold recycling? The majority of people only have one recycling bin in their home. So of course when you unwrap your newest goodies in the bathroom, you put it into the trash without a second thought.
Why not create your own recycling stations—making it so much easier to recycle those cereal boxes, water bottles, and empty soda cans. Recycling drastically helps save the planet, and the cash redemption value can put some money back in your pocket.
Greenify To Eco-Friendly Supplies
Green products are all the rage these days. Citing buzzwords such as “non-toxic,” “recyclable” and “sustainably harvested,” but what does it actually mean to “greenify”? Do you read your labels? Beauty brands are becoming more conscious of the sustainability of their ingredients, making it easier to greenify your bathroom. You can also try and start replacing your current products with earth-friendlier choices.
But, the absolute best thing you can do to keep your environmental impact small is to reuse and refill items. Try looking for packaging that’s so practical or pretty, you’ll want to repurpose it. Glass bottles and candle holders can hold cotton balls, hair ties or pins. Smaller containers, like eye cream jars, are the perfect size for travel.
Whether you want to remind the kids to turn off the lights or write a quick note for yourself to replace the air filters at home, little notes can remind you to be more efficient everywhere you go. Remember, simple solutions can also be green solutions. And by living a greener lifestyle, you can reduce your impact on the environment.
Any step you take to go green is a step in the right direction, and you’ll find more and more ways to take better care of the planet each step of the way.
Do you have any tips to share with us about how you went green? We want to hear from you!