Getting Started with Green

Here are some simple ways to get started in green living and to practice sustainable, healthy living for the entire family.


When it comes to green living you do not have to be confined to the four walls of your home to do so. Instead practice a green lifestyle while you are on the go as well. You can substantially reduce your overall carbon footprint and lessen the amount of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere by choosing green alternatives for transportation This can include getting back to basics like walking, biking or carpooling more often.


Another great way to be greener is to take a break from your technology. A technology detox is the action of unplugging from your devices for an extended amount of time. This is a great way to improve your overall health and sense of well-being. For instance, instead of watching countless hours of television or surfing the web, turn off your devices and head outdoors to get some fresh air and to connect with mother nature. Check out the resources for Screen Free Week.


Another way to improve your quality of life is to start a garden at home. It does not matter if you live in smaller urban spaces or already have a backyard, you can start a garden today and grow your own fruits, herbs and vegetables. You can grow a 100% organic garden that is free of the  harmful pesticides and chemicals that are used in commercial growing. You can even grow in containers if having a garden bed is impossible. What’s even better is that you will be able to eat more fruits and veggies and incorporate a healthy blend of immune boosting vitamins and nutrients into your life in support your overall good health.


Conventional cleaning products are notorious for containing harmful and toxic chemicals that pollute your indoor air. These chemicals further cause air and water pollution when released into the environment, as is the case when you rinse them down the drain. Therefore, switch to natural cleaning products so that your home is free of dangerous pollutants that can negatively impact your health. You can also make your own Laundry Detergent and Kid Friendly Cleaner.


If your budget permits, upgrade your appliances to energy efficient ones with the Energy Star logo. Energy efficient appliances including refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers can all help to reduce your energy consumption at home. Here are some tips on saving water. You can also install more home energy management systems in your home such as smart thermostats. These upgrades will help you save your hard-earned money while also protecting the environment.


If you do not have the budget to purchase new appliances there are other ways to go green in your home. You can take proactive and creative measures to conserve energy at home by:

  • making less purchases.
  • making conscious purchases
  • buying things that are really needed
  • relying on more reusable items
  • recycle
  • using canvas grocery bags for shopping.

Such healthy habits will make you feel better as you demonstrate your commitment to green living. All in all, consider what works best for you when it comes to green living options to improve your quality of life. Try any of these fresh ideas to go green and make these small changes in your life today for even bigger impacts on the planet.

Amy Williams is a free-lance journalist based in Southern California and mother of two. As a parent, she enjoys spreading the word on positive parenting techniques in the digital age and raising awareness on issues like cyberbullying and online safety. @AmyKWilliams1 

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