When it comes to living a green lifestyle, you must consider all aspects of your life. You will need to consider your home, your work, what you eat and what you do for fun. Going green is all about making environmentally conscious decisions that will benefit the planet. Once you decide to go green, the most difficult part is sticking to your plan. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind while going green.

At Home:

  • Eat Your Veggies- Changing up your eating habits is a great way to care for the environment. Meat takes a lot of water and energy to produce, so it is best for the environment to cut meat from your diet. You can also start your own vegetable garden and grown your own produce. This is a great way to cut down on preservatives and toxins you would normally find in store bought produce.
  • Compost – Start your own compost pile in your home to get rid of food waste. Food waste is a major issue in our country and composting can be a great way to turn that food into useful dirt. The soil made from your compost pile can be a great way to keep your garden alive. You can find mini compost bins all over the internet that can be placed on the counter in your kitchen or larger ones that you can put outside your home.
  • No paper products (washcloths) – An easy way to cut back on the amount of paper waste you accumulate is to always use reusable washcloths. Paper towels are a huge strain on the environment because they usually cannot be recycled. Make your own washcloths by cutting up worn out towels or towels found from the thrift store.

At The Office:

  • Cut down on paper – Encourage your co-workers to cut down on the amount of paper they use. Promote online note-taking tools such as Evernote or Google docs. This will cut back on the amount of scrap paper found all over your office. You could also suggest an online billing service, to cut back on the amount of paper bills you send out.
  • Compost – You can also start composting at your office. You can place a small compost bin on the kitchen counter at work and write down some instructions for how to use the bin. Talk with your bosses beforehand and they may even purchase the bin for your office. Be sure to take out the bin every week to avoid any stinky smells.
  • Real dishes – Start using real dishes and real cups at work. Do not give into the laziness of using a paper throw away cup for coffee every day. Wash your dishes after you use them, so you have a clean dish to use every day.
  • Power down – Unplug your computers when you leave or use a “smart” power strip for your appliances. Powering down will cut back on “vampire” energy use and cut back on your monthly energy bills.

After Work Activities:

  • Hike- Going on a hike with your family, causes zero waste and it is a great way to connect with your environment. Hiking is beneficial for your health and it can give you a better outlook on life and your surroundings.
  • Bike – Biking is another way to spend time with your family while getting some exercise. Biking causes zero waste and it does not harm the environment.
  • Cook – Teach your family the benefits and joys of cooking. Cooking a meal is far less expensive than going out to eat and it is always better for the environment. Try to make at least one meatless meal a week. Learn how to store your food and use your leftovers.

Going green does not require a college degree, it is simply caring for the environment in every aspect of your life.  Once you establish the green lifestyle, you will feel better and save money. Your new outlook on life is also a great way to encourage others to care for the environment and join you in your fight to living a more sustainable lifestyle.