It’s an interesting question per se. Is green living about driving a hybrid? Is it about installing a couple of solar panels on the roof or simply placing a few stickers on the front shield of your wheels? Earth’s Day was last month and I wanted to celebrate it but I didn’t. I didn’t because I don’t think sustainable living is putting a few solar panels on the roof or driving a hybrid. It’s a lot more than that. It’s about really feeling and believing in what you do, not just a fad.
I don’t claim that using solar panels and hybrids is wrong. Quite on the contrary. It’s the right path for humanity. The more people do it, the better for all of us. Though now technology isn’t developed enough it’s a continuous process and I believe people will reach a point when they will be able to decrease the degree of pollution. However, until we reach that point there are a lot more we can do instead of relying on solar panels and hybrids to do the job.
The road to success leads thorough small steps and proper education for children. I won’t delve deeper into the educational aspect but I will share a few thoughts about simple yet effective steps, easily done by millions of people worldwide.
Energy Efficient Bulbs
CFLs as they are also known are a lot more expensive than a standard incandescent bulb but are a lot cheaper than a Prius. It’s an easy first step towards sustainable life! Fluorescent light bulbs are fantastic. Though more expensive, as I have already mentioned, CFLs last six to ten times more than an incandescent light bulb and note this – it uses only a fifth of the power needed to use an incandescent one. Besides, you can choose brightness levels of your need and taste.
Green Cleaning Products
You can reduce the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) used in your home. Simply switch to natural cleaning solutions like baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar. When you use a commercially bought cleaning agent to clean your home you spray harmful chemicals everywhere in your home. The same happens when you call carpet cleaning company – most of them use not so good for you substances to clean it. Happily there are a few green ways to clean carpets and rugs in the home.
Recycle and Reuse
There is a number of islands of plastic rubbish floating in the world oceans. The biggest is the size of Texas! And this revelation comes with the news that up to 75% of waste in the USA is recyclable but only 30% actually is. Imagine if the proportion is turned around… There would be fewer and fewer of these waste monsters roaming the high seas. Another way to reduce pollution is to put an end to conspicuous consumption which would be really difficult but highly effective.