Are the dramatic changes in global warming and climate change making you see red? Then it’s time to go green. The good news is that it doesn’t take much to make impactful, environmentally smart changes in our daily routines.
Whether you live in a large city or the suburbs, an apartment or a comfortable townhouse, these ten ideas can lead you toward a greener life.
1. Only buy what you need.
The EPA estimates that every adult produces almost five pounds of trash every day. If you don’t buy it today, it won’t become trash tomorrow.
2. Buy foods in season and locally grown when possible.
The farm-to-table concept is not only popular in smaller communities, but it’s also effective, affordable, and delicious.
3. Buy local.
Online ordering has its place, but buying from local businesses supports your local economy and reduces emissions by not requiring long-transit deliveries.
4. Cool your home naturally.
Cool your apartment naturally by opening the windows at night to let in fresh air. Consider buying fans that plug into the wall to cool your house during the day.
5. Combine errands into one trip.
A little preparation goes a long way toward living a more green lifestyle.
6. Don’t litter.
Like Woodsy Owl used to say, “Give a hoot, don’t pollute.”
7. Pick up after pets.
Despite common belief, pet waste doesn’t decompose like natural materials. Instead, it releases harmful bacteria into the soil and water supply. Before your next walk, grab a bag. Your neighbors will thank you, too.
8. Plant a garden box.
Who can resist a burst of flowering color or clipping fresh herbs situated a mere arm’s length away? Here are some great plants to try.
There are nine National Parks in Southern California, so if you are looking for motivation to be more eco-friendly, take a short drive to see the magnificent natural wonders we are trying to protect.
10. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
Long considered the hierarchy of waste management, it’s a reminder to reduce the amount of disposable items we use and recycle or donate materials such as clothing, books, toys, magazines, and other household items that we no longer need.
“It’s important for all of us to play a part in helping our communities keep materials out of landfills,” says the Waste Management Group of San Diego. By making a commitment to live a greener, more eco-friendly lifestyle, we can do our part to protect natural resources for generations to come.