“Going green” is not only good for the environment, but it is also beneficial for each of us on a personal level. Of course there are environmental benefits, but the sense of satisfaction I feel every time I do something a little more environmentally friendly outweighs the convenience of living the way I’ve lived in the past.
I have already implemented some of the changes I’m about to discuss, but there is room for all of us to grow and become better stewards of our world.
Many major grocery stores have drop off bins and allow the recycling of plastic grocery bags. One of the easiest changes I can make is to return my used bags and to begin utilizing the canvas and the plastic tote bags I currently own when shopping. This change won’t cost me anything because I already have plenty of reusable bags, and can make a true difference if other people take on this change because of the destructive toll in creating and throwing out these products.
I will walk to the grocery store, which is less than 1/4 -mile from my front door, as often as possible. While I can’t guarantee that I will walk each time I need to go, I will make more of an effort to walk this short distance. Walking to the grocery store will not only help the environment by reducing my carbon output and gas usage, it will also help provide me with important health benefits.
I will begin to purchase green products. These items have become easy to find in most stores and can be purchased at comparable prices. I will begin researching the effectiveness of the products available at my local store so I can begin to purchase green as a well-informed consumer.
I live in Houston, Texas, and the temperature always seems to be hot. I prefer to stay cool, so I keep my air conditioner set at a temperature I prefer, but this is a temperature that I freely admit is too cold and very wasteful. I will make an effort to adjust to a warmer living space in order to cut down my reliance on our precious natural resources.
Along with using a more reasonable indoor temperature setting, I will work to conserve electricity by ensuring that the lights and the televisions are turned off in my apartment when not being used. I will also reduce the lengths of my showers and baths, which will help to conserve water.
While these are simple changes in behavior, they are only the beginning steps on a long path to living a greener life. I fully believe that these are changes that we can all make on the road to better living.