Going Green with Natural Awakenings
Oct 08, 2011 02:39PM
By Nancy Caniff
How do you green your home? Do green cleaning products really work? Are reusable bags really all that great? Taking an earth-friendly approach to living, or “going green,” can sometimes produce more questions than answers. It doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it is actually quite simple.
So, what does it mean to live a green lifestyle? It means the choices you make in your day-to-day life are in the best interest of the environment. From home and garden to food and health, there are tons of ways we can make our lives greener and reduce damage to the environment. And, contrary to popular belief, an eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t have to be expensive.
Perhaps one of the most important aspects of going green is understanding why it’s important. We all have a constant impact on the world around us whether we’re aware of it or not. We drive to work, eat food, and turn on our lights when it gets dark. All of these tasks have an impact on the environment, yet we often wonder if there’s anything we can do that would actually change the environment—at the end of the day, does it really matter if one person did something sustainable or not? The answer is an emphatic, “Yes!”
One of the best things to do is lead by example. By living a green life, you can show others around you how simple it is. They will start taking steps to be greener, until soon, everyone around you is doing even a little something to live green. It only takes one person to get the cycle moving for us to have a significant impact on the environment and save it for future generations.
Let’s bring it back to basics and break it down into simple, everyday ways to live a greener, healthier life. For example, going green at home can be as easy as turning off lights, televisions, computers and DVD players when they are not in use. Install energy efficient lights. Wait to wash dishes and clothes until you have a full load to cut down on water and electricity consumption. Use a filter instead of bottled water. For greener meals, eat local, eat seasonal and eat organic. Bring your own recyclable bag in order to conserve paper. Remember, the old adage still rings true: reduce, reuse, recycle. And my personal favorite: waste not, want not.
For cleaning, always buy non-toxic cleaning products that are biodegradable, non-petroleum based and phosphate free. Finally, commit to going green by using alternate sources of transportation such as biking, busing and walking when possible.
With Natural Awakenings magazine, all the information and resources are provided to make living healthy and green simple. The monthly magazine features sections on a variety of topics, calendar of events and connections to local products and services to help readers’ find what they need for a healthier, greener lifestyle.
Nancy Caniff is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Indianapolis, a monthly magazine dedicated to healthy living, healthy planet. www.NACrossroads.com, [email protected].
This Article Appears in the Winter 2011 Issue of the Catalyst.