Green living is lifestyle aimed at ensuring that one’s impact on the environment is as minimal as possible. It is an attempt to lead our lives an eco-friendly, environmentally responsible manner in order to reduce our impact on the planet.
Why should I be aware of this?
A large number of us have turned towards green living after realizing that if we continue to lead our lives the way we do, we may be without a planet, or at best, without lots of things which we take for granted today. Many of these practices have been harming the environment, mainly factors such as climate change and global warming are the main reasons why we have to start thinking wise as far as going green is concerned.
Green living is no longer the sole concern of environmentalists. It is now a welcome lifestyle that individuals, families and companies are choosing to ensure that the things they do and the products they use have as little an impact on the environment as possible. One of the best ways that we can build this thinking into a lifestyle is to live in a community that subscribes to green living.
What can I do?
In your Home
- Choose energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs and keep equipment such as TV, stereos etc turned off when nor in use
- Save as much water as possible. Reused water can be used again for watering your houseplants.
- Instead of using a washing machine let clothes dry naturally.
- Keep lids on pans when cooking to prevent your cooker from using extra energy.
- Prefer to use gas ovens, Geysers etc in place of the electric ones.
- Recycle waste, such as your paper, glass, plastics etc
- Use rechargeable batteries.
- Send e-greetings instead of paper cards.
In your Garden
- Watering the garden early in the morning or late in the evening reduces water loss due to evaporation. Water only till the soil becomes moist, not soggy.
- Explore water efficient irrigation systems. Sprinkler irrigation and drip irrigation can be adapted to garden situations
- Plant trees and shrubs in your garden which will attract birds. This will liven up your garden
- Try growing sturdy grass in bare patches of land
- By sweeping the fallen leaves and flowers into flower beds or under shrubs you will increase soil fertility and also reduce the need for frequent watering.
- Use a portion of your garden to make a compost pit to turn organic waste from the kitchen and garden to soil enriching manure.
- Avoid using chemicals in the garden as they will eventually end up in the sea and can upset the delicate balance of lifecycles.
- Use organic and environmentally friendly fertilizers and pesticides as it reduces pollution and is better for wildlife.
Reuse and Recycle
- Avoid disposable nappies and use washable ones instead
- Recycle as much as you can.
- Give unwanted clothes, toys and books to charity shops or jumble sales.
- Avoid batteries and use mains electricity if possible. If not, use rechargeable batteries.
- Use a solar-powered calculator instead of one with a battery.
- Using a fountain pen with bottled ink is better than using a ball point pen. * Avoid plastic cartridges.
- Store food and other products in ceramic containers rather than foil and plastic wrap
- Buy seasonal fruit and vegetables to reduce enormous costs of importing produce and, where possible, choose locally produced food.
- Buy local fish whenever possible and avoid those of endangered species.
- Prefer vegetarian options
At your workplace
- Use printers that can print on both sides of the paper
- Use spare paper like the back of unwanted printout instead of notebooks.
- Always buy recycled paper
- Switch off computer monitors, printers and other equipment at after use. They use power even in standby mode
- Always turn off your office light and computer monitor when you go out for lunch or to a meeting.