Top 10 Ways to Green Your Life
Many environmentalists around the world will tell you the same thing. The way we live determines exactly how safe our environment is for us to live in. It also determines what challenges the next generation will face, how beautiful our planet is, and how harmful small aspects of life on Earth can be if the proper steps are not taken to live healthy now.
The beauty of the world, climate change, and the oxygen we breathe are just a few factors that are affected by our actions. As more trees are cut down, as more junk piles up in our wastelands, and more toxins are introduced into our air supply through temporary acts of human survival, the more damage we are doing to ourselves. While many of these things are temporary or reversible, they will most likely leave some kind of permanent damage.
Living green doesn’t have to be expensive, and it definitely doesn’t have to be complicated. As we approach Earth Day, let’s take a few minutes to think about what we can do to go green. From filtering your water to using compost in your garden, you’ll be surprised to know that these few small eco-friendly changes can help make your life more comfortable while helping you save the planet.
Take a look below to see what you can do to start living a greener lifestyle this Earth Day.
1. Switch to all natural, homemade cleaning products. They are fun to make and fairly inexpensive. Store bought cleaning agents and detergents are effective at what they do for good reason. They have many toxins added to them to help get rid of hard to remove stains. There are healthier options to beautifying your home including products for your dishes, cabinetry, laundry, windows, bathrooms, and many more! Not only will your clothes, dishes, cabinets, countertops, and bathtubs smell great, and they’ll also last a lot longer!
2. Use non-toxic beauty and hygiene products. Your skin is your body’s largest organ. Why give toxins the perfect gateway into your body by smearing them on your face and body? Again, many of these products can be made at home using all natural butters and oils for a less toxic alternative. You’ll most often find that these products
are not only cheaper, but more effective as well!
3. Conserve water and energy. Turn the water off when you are brushing your teeth, don’t let the TV run for no reason, unplug appliances when you will be gone for a long period of time, and use candles as often as possible (this will improve your mood and make you feel more relaxed after a long day as well!). Collect and reuse rainwater for your garden and turn off the air conditioner when the weather is nice. Open your windows to enjoy a cool breeze. Opening your windows often will also help rid your home of toxin buildup and allow the flow of oxygen into your home.
4. When you do buy products and clothes – try to buy items that support going green initiatives. Today, you can find many companies that make the effort to protect both the people and planet more than ever before. The more we support them, the more of an impact they can make on the world!
5. Replace disposable items with reusable ones. Instead of using paper towels to clean countertops, use cloths – making sure you clean the cloths often to avoid buildup of toxins. Instead of plastics, use glass. There are many things you can recycle in your home to reduce the amount of trash you produce.
6. Start a garden using all natural soil, organic or DIY pesticides, and fresh seeds. This will allow you to save money and start a new hobby! Get the seeds from fruits and veggies you may have at home already and use the rest of the fruit as compost for your new garden. Make sure to have a few indoor plants as well to promote the flow of oxygen throughout your home while eliminating all of the extra carbon dioxide. This way, both you and your plants win!
7. Start to minimize the amount of plastic that comes into your home until you have none at all. While we recommend BPA free plastic over regular plastic, it is best to eliminate it altogether to be on the safe side. As an alternative, you can use glass or stainless steel dishware and appliances, as they are safer and environmentally
8. Leave your shoes at the door. Your shoes carry in things such as germs, pesticides, lead, pollens, and a variety of other chemicals and toxins that you work hard to keep out of your home in the first place. If you must wear shoes indoors, dedicate a pair for indoor only use. However, freeing your feet from the constraints of your shoes
will allow you to stretch out your legs and improve posture. Your shoes will also bemuch happier, as they will last twice as long!
9. Eat well. Don’t put any genetically modified, preservative based, “fake” food into our diet. Eat organic, natural fruits, veggies, nuts, and meats so that your hormones and immune system are not permanently affected by your diet through negative chemical reactions in your body.
10. And of course, filter your water. Installing a simple shower filter can reduce the amount of toxins that end up in your air alone enough to help purify the air in your home, and help with things such as eczema and asthma. Get an Aquasana Shower Filter for healthy skin, hair, and body! Don’t forget, showering in clean water alone won’t do the trick. You need drink at least 8-12 cups of filtered water as well. Try the new Aquasana Powered Water Filtration system for fast and healthy water on a daily basis.