Going Green At Home
Going green at home is often one of the first steps to a sustainable lifestyle. It's where we stuff our faces and snore loudly in privacy, where we connect to our loved ones or center ourselves. It's only natural that it be the first thing to which we turn our attentions. We've already looked at ways to reduce wasteand ways to conserve resources in the home. In this section, I mostly want to focus on non-toxic living in general. (We'll get into the room-by-room strategies next.) With the damage caused by chemicals, it's important to rethink the way in which we care for our home. (Cleaning or managing pests shouldn't increase our risk of disease!)
However, much of what we do to live green isn't something that fits on a list of ideas. In our every choice, we attempt to decrease our footprint by turning off the faucet a few seconds faster or choosing not to use a light whenever possible. We may buy the smaller laptop to save resources, make sacrifices that aren't necessary to our lives, or find ways to enjoy and entertain ourselves in new, sustainable, and hopefully more meaningful ways.
All of these daily choices may seem overwhelming if you're trying to implement all right now, but with time and patience they work together to simplify our lives...and yeah, create that life that we actuallywant to sustain.
Simplifying our lives goes a long way in going green at home. Looking back to simpler times for inspiration (while still using clean, innovative technologies) can help guide us in environmentally-responsible actions. Here are a few principles behind simple living:
- Minimize: Use less, conserve more. What can you use less of? Makeup, toilet paper, printer paper, etc just to name a few.
- Maximize: Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. (Cuz we all love things that rhyme.) Basically, get the most out of your clothing, food, personal energy, resources, etc.
- Prioritize: Make time for what matters. Eliminate things that don't. Don't waste time, money, energy, or resources on the wrong things. Do you know what matters most to you?
Keeping in mind these principles of simple living will keep you on track as you poke through the articles below for inspiration and begin going green at home.