With the enormous amount of information available on going green, it can be overwhelming to families considering adopting a green lifestyle. The green footprint is everywhere today – the news, politics, technology, fashion and more – messages about eating organic, conserving energy, and recycling are causing confusion and even some “green fatigue.”
As confusing as it can be, going green is actually very simple when you understand the big picture. When you set smaller goals, you are able to make a positive impact. Understanding how our lives are intertwined with plants, animals and ecosystems will give you the power to control your green choices. This will impact how and what you eat, where and what you buy, basically every decision you and your family make, will be impacted by this green knowledge.
If you and your family are looking to embrace a greener lifestyle, here are some tips that may help you understand why you should go green.
6 Reasons Why We Should Go Green
- Eating green not only will improve your health, but will improve the planet’s health as well. Eating local, seasonal, and organic foods will help your local economy, but will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are required to bring food to your kitchen. Less packaging is used in local food delivery and helps to promote organic agriculture.
- Using green skin products is a great step towards living a green lifestyle. 60% of all the products used (shampoo, lotion, soaps, and more) are absorbed through your skin. Normal products contain harmful chemicals, whereas green products are made from plant-based ingredients.
- What happens every time you flip a light switch? The electricity used to power your favorite technologic devices typically comes from coal-burning plants. These plants are the largest source of our air pollution problem. Using clean energy, such as wind and solar power, can help eliminate these pollutants from entering the atmosphere.
- One cause of global warming is the carbon dioxide emissions created by cars. When you walk, bike, or share rides, you help lessen the carbon dioxide emissions that are affecting our air quality.
- We can take a lesson from nature about recycling. In nature, everything is recycled, therefore, why should we not do the same? Nothing is ever really thrown away – it all has to go somewhere – so you might as well recycle, reuse and reduce waste.
- Water is our most precious resource and the most abused. Protecting our water supplies is critical to human survival and should be at the top of every person’s green list. Save water every way that you can.
As you can see, going green is not difficult and when you understand the impact of green on our lives, it makes sense for everyone to take part.
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