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Embracing Green Living As a Full-Time Lifestyle

Guest Blogger: Victory Lean Eco-House

Living a green lifestyle has come along way in the last few decades. Once considered a fad, green living has moved from being more than just a trend into an effective lifestyle for individuals and families that fully embrace the process.

What is Green Living?

Simply stated, green living requires stewardship in caring for everything an individual purchases, eats, uses or consumes and the effect it has on nature and the earth. Incorporating green living as a natural way of existing requires consumers to make conscious decisions on purchases they make every day. They need to understand the effect their actions have on the world and the environment around them.

Many people incorporate green living as a natural way of life for a variety of reasons. Most understand that all of the resources that are found on earth are finite. This means that once they have been consumed, processed, mined or used, they will be forever gone. Without curbing our appetite or finding some alternative, most of the resources that we all have become highly dependent upon will sometime in the future be completely depleted. Similar to the extinction of animal species, once a natural resource has been completely depleted, its existence will be gone forever.

Conserving Resources

By conserving resources, the way we live life can remain stable for now. Green living provides a variety of benefits to the community, the family and the individual. It can be accomplished in a variety of ways from simple adjustments in daily living (reusing a grocery bag) to making the most out of renewable resources (installing solar panels or driving hybrid cars).

Many individuals consider living green as the only sensible way of existing. Many of the items in our daily world are reusable in its current form. These include grocery bags, drinking containers, and other items.

The lifestyle centered around living green is based on minimalism. More than just the types of products that are purchased, it is the minimal amount of purchases individuals make that helps to reinforce a green living lifestyle. Having enough, or being content with what an individual has will help make the most out of all the resources that are available, while providing enough for everyone.

Specific Guidelines

What you eat, what you want, what you can do on your own, and how you can make the most out of recycled materials are the basis of living a green lifestyle. Each one specifically includes:

  • What You Eat – Individuals that live a green lifestyle watch what they purchase, grow and consume. They focus on purchasing locally grown organic foods and meats from those that live in their community and the surrounding area. The green living individual understands the process of growing the fruits and vegetables and raising farm animals, along with the pesticides and hormones that are incorporated into the process. They read labels on every product they consume and avoid foods that have been overly processed.
  • What You Want – Individuals and families that incorporate green living into their lifestyle will avoid impulse buying. Deciding what they want is based more on what they need. This helps to consume less and conserve more. By purchasing only what is required, they save the planet’s resources for the future.
  • What You Can Do – Whenever an item is broken, it might have the potential of being repaired or restored. Learning what an individual can do provides many do-it-yourself opportunities that save resources, and money. What an individual can do might also include the ability to grow their own foods and raise their own meat.
  • Enhancing the Surroundings – Without continuing stewardship, the environment can get ugly very quickly. Cleaning up the surrounding area will improve the environment, while beautifying the area.
  • Reuse, Reduce, Recycle – Green living individuals and families know how to make the best out of reducing what it is they need, reusing products that have alternative uses, and recycling every product they can. The recycling process is designed to help save the planet and create a better and stronger environment. Recycling often includes making better purchase selections including reusable grocery bags or shopping with a recycled basket. It can include reducing the need for fossil fuels by riding a bicycle or walking to the grocery store instead of driving the family car.

There are many significant ways to make small adjustments in daily living. This includes turning down the water heater, turning off the tap instead of letting it run, minimizing the idling of the car and many more simple reducing options.

Through a proactive approach, any home, family or individual can improve their daily life by reducing the amount of resources they require. As a benefit of adopting green living as a lifestyle choice, money can be saved, energy efficiency improved, and the need for resources reduced.

About the Author

Victory Lean is a writer at Di – an Electronic Cigarette showcase site. She likes to share lifestyle tips and advices for healthy living.

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