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Small steps to being more ‘green’

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In the world we live in today, we’re now more aware than ever about the importance of being green. The sooner that we understand and accept our responsibilities to the wider world, the sooner we can look after it. This is why so many people today are taking small but significant steps to make their home and their lifestyle more eco-friendly. Where, though, do you start? Here are six small but significant steps that you can take to make sure that your home is more green moving forward – so, where will you begin?

Take a look at your drinking habits

Like many people, you will be drinking a lot of water each day. Good! 

The problem is that most of us get our water from single-use plastic bottles. Unless you recycle these, each bottle of water that you finish is going to contribute to some kind of landfill somewhere. So, make sure that you take the time to start looking at how you drink your liquids.

It might be a good idea to try and invest in either a recycling spot for all that plastic or start getting your water from a natural source.

Change your eating habits, too

Stop buying things that come in single use plastic substance containers. One thing you should definitely look to do is try and buy things like your fruit and vegetables free from packaging. While we can’t help some packages being present, we don’t need to accept every kind of packaging that is available.

That’s why we highly recommend that you look to change up your eating habits and start buying foods that are stored in a more ethical manner. It’s a good starting point that can make a small but significant difference across a calendar year.

Another way you can lessen your consumption of single-use plastic is to grow your own food at home. If you have a yard, you can start a small vegetable and fruit garden. Grow produce that you frequently use for cooking. 

If your space only allows a small indoor garden, try growing herbs and mushrooms. Herbs can grow on pots, which you can keep in your living room or kitchen. You can also grow mushrooms using kits that you can set up on your kitchen counter.

When you grow your own food at home, you’re not only helping the environment but also getting fresh, healthy ingredients for your meals.

Stop taking the cheap option

Another good way to get out of the habit of contributing to a less green environment is taking the cheap option on items. Buying food that is cheap and easy might seem like a good idea, but you’re merely funding the cut-and-thrust tactics that are making the environment so damaged overall.

Instead, buying from ethical sources on anything will ensure that you know you are buying from a company with a less destructive footprint on the environment. It’s a small change, but one you should notice has a commendable impact on your progress moving forward.

Invest in more ethical clothing

The same goes for the kind of clothes that we wear. If you are wearing clothes that are made in unethical manners, then it might be having a negative impact on the environment. Buy cloths from companies that source ingredients ethically and don’t use damaging and punishing manufacturing tactics.

It even goes for things like your sunglasses. For example, buying sunglasses made from bamboo is far more sustainable than buying products made from other kinds of woods or plastics. It’s a small change, but it’s all about making conscious decisions that will help the environment long-term.

Plant some seeds

A good way to help out the local environment is to head out to the nearest local area that you tend to go for a walk around. Buy some fruit and vegetable seeds, as well as tree seeds, and plant them as you go. The natural conditions should mean that they tend to grow quite well, and this helps you to add some extra natural produce and greenery to the local area.

It’s another small step, but one that helps to add a bit of energy and charisma back into the local area, helping the environment.

Educate the next generation

You won’t be here forever, and nor will the next generation of human beings. What you can do, though, is give them plenty of insight and advice about caring for the world. Show them the benefit of using less plastic, of using less single-use products, and of being more sustainable with their wastage of produce and the like.

It’s all about trying to make the foundations for the next generation as bright as can be. If you can work with the kids of the local area to help them see the importance of caring for the world, the results can only be a positive for the world as a whole. 

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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