The Power of Going Green

Living green is a conscious choice that you and your family can make. It is not easy to be green in every lifestyle decision, but you can make a significant contribution to helping to protect the environment. Start living as a green family, and you will see that it is possible to feel like you…

Living green is a conscious choice that you and your family can make. It is not easy to be green in every lifestyle decision, but you can make a significant contribution to helping to protect the environment. Start living as a green family, and you will see that it is possible to feel like you are making a real difference in promoting sustainability and environmental protection. These green tips can help you take the first steps toward green living.

Going green is a powerful statement. Your friends and acquaintances will see the lifestyle choices that you make and may question you about them. When you respond that you are trying to live an eco lifestyle in an effort to do your part to protect the earth's resources and to keep your family healthy, the message will sink into some of their minds. This encourages them to think about what you said and sometimes implemented some of the green tips you shared.

A sustainable lifestyle is one in which decisions you make in part based on how they will affect your family's health and the environment. When you recycle, for example, you are showing your children that it is a positive action to recycle, and that recycling is not as hard as many people believe. With single stream recycling in many communities, the process is even easier than it was several years ago. Teaching children that a sustainable lifestyle impacts the world beyond the four walls of your home expands their perspectives on the world and encourages them to try to care for the environment and to think less of what is simply convenient.

Even though you may sometimes feel that going green is not something that will make a big difference in the big scheme of saving the earth from pollutants and our consumer-hungry way of life, remember that a change begins with a single thought, action and person . When the thought and action spread to others, the change can be intense.

You can have a green family by taking small steps. Start shopping at a grocery store that offers green products and food grown on local, organic farms. Bring your own bags to the store. You may have your kids decorate inexpensive canvas bags from the hobby store with fabric paint. Buying green products generally does cost more than other, less eco lifestyle friendly products. You can still catch sales and use coupons to offset the extra cost. When you buy one or two green products, you show your support for green living. You may also grow your own garden next spring and eat some of the food that you grow. Another option is to make one of your children's chores to sort the recycling if you do not have single stream recycling or to take out the recycling if you do.

To get your community involved, you may challenge your friends to only use reusable shopping bags for the next month and offer to cook them dinner if they can do it. You may help your neighborhood organize a hard-to-recycle item event where people bring such items to a central location. If the city or someone in the community can offer the use of a truck, you might have a low-fee or free pick up and drop off service for the event as well. You might have a barbeque, games and a band to encourage recyclers to get to know each other. Living green is not difficult to do, but it does require a change of attitude towards an eco lifestyle.