Lately I’ve been noticing that I am easily distracted. I get my mind set on doing something based on what an “expert in the field” is saying only to turn around and hear another “expert” telling me I need to be doing something else. With all the modes of communication available to me it’s easy to be bogged down with excessive information. I feel like they are just throwing bits and pieces of stories at me and hoping something will stick.
This is especially true when it comes to living green. There are about a hundred thousand things everyone could be doing to build a better world but it would be impossible for every person to do each of these things. I’ve narrowed it down to what I believe are the top five things. These are the actions I personally can see myself continuing to do or working toward doing more often.
1. Buying less stuff
We live in a culture where buying and having more stuff and a bigger place to keep it all is marketed as the fastest way to find happiness. I believe this to be wrong. Work on finding happiness within yourself through relationships, hobbies and activities. Collect only things that you actually need, rather than things that are advertised to make you think you want them.
- 12 Weeks of Wellness is a good place to start your journey to healthiness and happiness.
- Try my 30-Day Self Improvement Challenge.
2. Buying products from socially responsible companies
There are certain things you will probably never stop buying and for each person these special items may be different. Be sure that you are purchasing your favorite items from socially and environmentally responsible companies. Follow the links to my guides below for more information:
- Green is the New Black – clothing
- Earth Angel – sustainable makeup and cosmetics
- Greening Your Home: Part 1 – furniture, flooring, wall treatment, building; Part 2 – decorating; and Part 3 – cleaning
- All that Glitters May Not Be Your Best Friend – wearing sustainable bling
- Cleanliness is Next to Godliness – Hair Care
- The Perfect Ten – manicures, pedicures and nails
- Sustainable Holidays
3. Using alternative forms of transportation
The most significant change an individual could make toward reducing their carbon footprint is to cut down on how much they drive. Trains, buses, bikes, carpool. Avoid spending time in a vehicle occupied only by yourself and your imaginary friend. Read more in Getting Around.
4. Eating less meat and more sustainably grown and harvested food
Recognize the importance of knowing where your food comes from and what is being used to grow or raise it. Find out more, read Buying Food: The Naked Truth about Local and Organic. Decide for yourself whether fish should be on your menu:
- Can the Ocean Keep Up with the Hunt? – A summary of the video
- Mission Blue – My review on the documentary
5. Conserving energy and water at home
When it comes to conserving energy and water, small adjustments can have a big impact. Protect the environment by conserving energy and water with these 100+ tips. Additionally, check out The Pros and Cons of Wind Power.