It seems nearly everywhere we look these days, people are talking about going green and eco-friendly living. If you have yet to make the change to a greener life, you might be wondering about how you can do so and how not to break the bank while doing so. Green living doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, contrary to what many people think. In fact, it can save you a lot of money, especially when done over time.
The biggest obstacle for most people is where to begin. Once you take the first step, the transition begins and it’s a lot easier from that point on. Some people think that you have to make a total life change to go green. The truth of the matter is that you can begin with one small change at a time.
For example, my family started with recycling when we moved to a city that provided home recycling bins that could be picked up with the weekly trash. We started with the easy things to recycle and over time, we began adding everything we could until we had more recycling than garbage.
We also started conserving our energy and electric use at home as much as possible and cutting back on our waste water however we could. I was never the type to like to throw away good things, growing up with very little myself, so we already gave away our unused or outgrown clothing and household items instead of putting them in the trash.
All of these things can help you go green and reduce your carbon footprint but they can also save you money. Things like buying locally, using less gas in your vehicles and eating less processed foods can all save you money. Many methods of going green can also help you improve your health, such as eating fresh fruits and vegetables and walking instead of driving whenever you can.
Here are some tips on green living from real people:
“Recycle anything that can be recycled, donate anything that can be reused by someone in need, try not to waste energy or water, and just do what you can to limit dumping in the landfills. You don’t need to do everything or be a tree hugger, but one of my favorite sayings is “Live simply so that others may simply live.”
– Gwen Navarrete
“I like teaching kids how to be self-sustaining by growing their own food! Best thing you can teach your child to do is to feed themselves healthy food that they have grown themselves!!” Here is an article from Cheri Majors on how to do this.
“The kids and I like to take old clothing and make it new with natural earth-friendly dyes. You can tie-dye and do other designs that way.” Here is an article Lyn wrote on how they do it.
Here you can see some great, practical tips from real people just like you on how they are trying to live green in their lives. You can use these tips to help you make your own decisions about how to go green that fits into your real life today.