While “going green” may seem like a marketing fad or a throwback to the 1960s, it really is nothing more nor less than living mindfully, and giving careful thought to what is consumed and how it affects our environment.
And where better than in that chunk of real estate you call home?
If that still sounds too new-agey for you, think about it in concrete terms: going green can save you money, while at the same time providing cleaner, healthier alternatives to the products you use on a daily basis.
“Even though it may seem like the things one individual can do don’t have a big impact, those little efforts can really add up,” says Glenda Lehman Ervin of Lehman’s, a company specializing in old-fashioned, high-quality merchandise.
“The more you think in terms of going green, the more ways you’ll find to incorporate it into your day-to-day life,” she says, also stressing that going green can make your life simpler in the long run.
Lehman Ervin offers the following examples of how going green can easily fit into your busy life.
• Switch to nontoxic cleaning products. “Many people assume that because these products are sold in grocery stores without any warning labels that they’re safe. If they were safe, your eyes wouldn’t water from the fumes, and you wouldn’t have to wear gloves to protect your hands while you use them.” Check out The Naturally Clean Home, a great reference book. You’ll also find a selection of natural cleaning products.
• Recycle your trash. In many communities, recycling is as simple as putting your newspaper, glass and metal into the appropriate container and leaving it out with the weekly garbage pickup.
• Compost your food waste. “Nothing is better for your garden than compost. You can build your own bin for composting; after that, just add kitchen scraps layered with grass clippings, leaves and other organic materials, and let nature take its course.”
• Minimize the use of appliances with a heating element. For example, hang clothes to dry, and let your dishes air dry instead of using the dry cycle on your dishwasher. Or use a rack to dry some of your clothes from the washer, especially the delicate or extra-heavy items.
This article was prepared in conjunction with ARA Content.