Going green doesn’t have to be an all or nothing proposition. Little things we do in our daily life can make a big impact. I have been wanting to add some additional green habits to my daily routine and I didn’t know where to start, so I did some research to find out what others are doing to improve their green habits. After searching I found some wonderful tips from James Oseland, the former editor in chief for Organic Life Magazine. All of the suggestions he makes are very easy to add to any routine and are very cost effective. My favorite ideas form Mr. Oseland are below.
What do you do to lead a green lifestyle?
1. Eat local and in season produce and start meatless Mondays
Eating local is fresher, therefore making it more nutritious. Meatless Mondays helps reduce 20% of the greenhouse emissions caused by the meat industry. If you are looking for some great meatless meals Jessica Seinfeld has a recipe every Monday http://www.doitdelicious.com/
2. Start making your own household cleaners
When it comes to cleaning, vinegar and water is almost as effective as supermarket household cleaners. When making it use 9 parts fresh water and 1 part distilled white vinegar. It is natural and doesn’t cost as much as the cleaners in the store.
3. Reduce the amount of junk mail
Americans receive close to 80 billion pieces of junk mail every year and most of us don’t even look at it. You can reduce the amount of junk mail crowding your mail box by registering at www.DMAchoice.org or download the paperkarma ap.
4. Purchase a house plant
Air pollution levels in our home can be about 100 times what they are outside. The pollutants come from carpet, paint, furniture, etc and they build up over time. House plants have the ability to filter the air and clean it. If you don’t know what plant to get, Josh Oseland said Ficus plants are considered to be the superheroes in the plant world and will be the most effective.
5. Reduce shower time
Reducing shower time by 4 minutes a day can save over 4,000 gallons of water a year! I know taking long, hot showers can be very relaxing, but cutting back a little can do a lot.