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August 31, 2011

It Ain’t Easy Being Green

Poor guy. Kermit must have been having a hard day. Fortunately, being “green” doesn’t have to induce this type of “woe is me” pity party. Let’s face it–the green movement can be intimidating. You either feel like you’re not doing enough, or you’re running yourself ragged in the name of environmental consciousness. My opinion? Just do what you can. Little steps add up and everything you do–no matter how insignificant it seems to you–contributes to a greater cause.

Here are a few changes that you can easily implement into your life:

1. If you’re not in a room, then the lights don’t need to be on! This will save electricity and, in turn, save you some green.

2. Recycle. Guess what? I don’t recycle very often. There, I said it. See? We all have room to grow! Just because I recognize solutions, does not mean I am already following them. This is a learning process for me, as well.

3. Cut off the water while you are brushing your teeth or scrubbing dishes. It’s amazing how much water I waste when I’m not even paying attention.

4. Consider putting your electronics on power strips that can be turned off when not in use.

5. Pay attention to how much unnecessary driving you do. Making a list of errands and combining trips can help save gas and, in turn, cut down on the toxins we are releasing in the air.

I realize that a big complaint about going green is the cost. Organic foods, clothing, cleaning products, etc. are definitely more expensive. I’ve complained about this, myself. As far as foods, consider starting an organic garden. My husband and I had a garden a few years ago. It not only saves money, but I promise that food straight from the garden will taste better than anything you have ever purchased in a grocery store. No competition. With cleaning products, consider making your own with the recipes I shared a few weeks ago. They will save money and you know exactly what you’re using.

What steps have you made towards simplifying your life and cutting down on environmental waste?

Enjoying the Good Life,