Can You Make Your Lifestyle More In Tune With Nature?

Your everyday lifestyle can put you more in tune with Nature. It’s more a matter of awareness about your life, your surroundings and your daily habits. Even just slightly changing your shopping habits can change your lifestyle and make a big difference.

The best way to put more “green” into your life is to reduce the amount of resources and goods you’re using, not simply buying more “green” products.

Choosing a sustainable, greener lifestyle means you actively make decisions about your food, transportation and energy use that don’t compromise resources for future generations.

Note: Buying organic is not always the best way to go green. Imported, out of season organic foods arrive in your city on 747 jets that drain an enormous amount of resources and use a ton of fossil fuels. Eat seasonal, local organic produce for a healthier environment and a healthier you.

Easy Ways to Go Green

—Consume less. Recycle everything you can.

—Replace your incandescent lightbulbs with LED equivalents. Rely on natural light when possible.

—Buy seasonal, organic fruits and vegetables at a local farmer’s market or become a member of a CSA (community supported agriculture) to encourage local farmers and receive fresh foods directly from organic farms.

—Start your own garden with compost to reduce your use of synthetic fertilizers.

—Bring your own natural fiber bags on shopping trips. Use cloth towels and rags instead of paper towels for cleaning.

—Discarded plastic water bottles are a huge problem in our waterways and oceans. Drink filtered water in reusable containers instead. (I make my own water flavors by adding peppermint extract or lemon extract drops..... delicious).

—Switch to a largely plant based diet. Going vegetarian or skipping meat altogether a few nights a week is one of the best ways you can impact your own health and the health of the environment. (See about modern meat production below.)

—If you drink coffee, switch to shade-grown coffee with a “Fair Trade” label. (Commercial coffee production uses an enormous amount of resources and devastates ecosystems for migratory birds.)

—Wash clothes in cold or warm water rather than hot. Lower the temperature on your hot water heater.

—When purchasing new appliances, look for energy efficient models. Unplug appliances when you aren’t using them.

—Don’t speed while driving; check tire pressure to become more gas efficient. A hybrid car relies a lot less on gasoline. Walk or ride a bike to work or errands if you can.

—If you have children in diapers, try cloth diapers before turning to disposables that end up in landfills.