A Beginner’s Guide to Green Living

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Biking to work is an example of green living
Go green by skipping the car and biking to work, if you can. Photo via Public Domain Pictures.

I’m always looking for ways to help the planet. After all, I want to make sure the world stays in good condition for future generations. However, a lot of people struggle to find ways they can help as an individual. But there are plenty of things you can do to easily start green living or being kind to the environment. Below are specific ways to be more green at home, work, and in-between.

At Work

First, let’s look at work life and how to make it more eco-friendly. There are many changes that aren’t hard to make in your work routine but can really help planet Earth. For example, think about how you get to work. So many people rely on their vehicle to get them to there, but if you constantly use your car, you are affecting the environment. Therefore, be more green by skipping the car and using a bike or bus to get to the office instead.

Another green living tip is to turn off your tech when it’s time for lunch. Many people leave their computers on all day without realizing they’re wasting a lot of energy. Therefore, put the computer to sleep during break time to help the environment. And try and not waste  paper during the day. Take meeting notes on a tablet or computer, for example, instead of grabbing a new sheet of paper!

Biking is a more eco-friendly transportation option than driving
Green living can involve skipping the car and biking to work, if possible. Photo via Public Domain Pictures.

At Home

Also take an honest look at your home life for ways to be more eco-friendly. After all, there are many ways to be a greener family than ever before. For instance, make sure you recycle regularly and teach your kids to do the same thing. As much as it’s tempting to put everything in the trash, take the time to separate them into the right bins.

Also, if you have any electronic items that you don’t need anymore, try to sell them online. That way, you can repurpose the item and make money at the same time.

Another way to start green living is to be conscious about how you heat the home. There are a growing number of options, including geothermal heating and pellet stoves. Or you could change to solar energy. Those options can save you money in addition to helping the environment. And while solar panels can be pricey to install, they will make your house more attractive when you sell it in the future. 

Solar energy on a home
Solar panels will hopefully come down in price soon. They are a great renewable energy source. Piaxabay (CC0).

Green Living On The Go

You can also practice green living while on the go. One way to do so is to take reusable bag with you when shopping for groceries, clothes, and other small items. I keep a few in the trunk of the car and a compact one is always in my purse. They’re within easy reach so it’s not a huge inconvenience using them. They’re way better than plastic bags that only end up contributing to the world’s waste!

Secondly, pop into a second-hand store (or two) the next time you want a wardrobe update. By purchasing clothes that have been used previously, you are giving them a second shot at life.

And don’t hesitate to take the kids to do green activities while you’re out and about. Taking a trip to the park will ensure you are green living while the kids have a great time. And once you fully embrace green living, you’ll feel happier about making a positive difference in the world!

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  1. Plenty of good advice here, Christy. We had solar panels fitted on our roof two years ago and it’s surprising how much energy they generate. But, as you say, they aren’t cheap to install at the moment. I do think they are a thing of the future, though.
    Good points about car use, although I think it will take some time to persuade many people to use public transport – and biking is out for people who travel long distances to work. This whole issue of transport and pollutants needs looking at seriously. 😃

  2. Great advice, Christy. I like how you categorized and so glad you mentioned cutting down on our use of paper! My heart aches for all the trees being decimated, especially the old ones ♥

  3. Climate change is real (I wonder how anyone could think otherwise, worse if it is a someone in charge of so many things, right?! *irony intended*’). Your post valuable tips on how to protect our planet, in a daily basis. Great post, Chris 😘💌

      • Ahahah you are so cute, Aqui, even when you swallow words 😉 I am with you that it seems impossible to say that climate change is not occurring. Ack! I’m allergic to the people that think that 😉 LOVE seeing you here and thank you for the comments xxoo

  4. Little steps if scrupulously followed by all will cumulatively build up into salutary impact on the environment. Green practices must be part of everyone’s upbringing in homes and reinforced as a mandatory subject of study in schools and colleges so that it becomes a natural part of one’s life. My hugs your way for being part of the green brigade.

  5. Christy….girl you are on a roll here with these wonderful articles, all great, all concise . all a good length AND all wonderfully informative. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  6. Reblogged this on Sheen Sara Mathew and commented:
    2 things that I learned from this blog-

    1. In office, put your system to sleep when you break for lunch.
    2. At home or when you step out, always carry your own reusable plastic -though as I write this I feel it’ll never solve the purpose of banning plastics as only you know that you are reusing it but to others it might seem like you did a fresh purchase and the thought process is going to remain stagnant, therefore crossing off carrying plastic bags around and simply used jute or cloth bags instead and plant a seed of positive thought in the minds of strangers while doing so..
    Anyway, to get back to what I learned new- is about taking the initiative to carry a cloth bag when you travel as you never know wen you’ll want to hit the store for a bag of chips and dips. Thank you, Christy!

  7. You have been prolific lately!
    There are tonnes of little things we can do that add up. I stopped buying bottled water for a reusable container and a brita instead.

  8. All great tips!
    I love vintage clothes, and surely great buys can be found in used clothing places.
    However, as bedbugs are on the rise big time, I suggest: all used items be placed in plastic within plastic. Place purchases in trunk, not in body of car, if you are using a car.
    Have a spritzer of Isopropyl Alcohol (medical purposes) in the car and spritz your shoe soles before getting in the car. One of the main ways the bug spreads is by eggs and nits sticking to your shoes. The spritz takes care of that. I keep a spritzer of alcohol in the hallway, and do not wear my shoes in the house.
    Throw everything in the wash as soon as you get home. Washing and drying will take care of those vermin. If you are worried about washing an item, throw it in the dryer on “high” for 20 minutes.
    If you are not using a car, and you are using a reusable cloth tote, throw the tote in with the wash.

    • Resa! These are fantastic tips for getting rid of bedbugs so that we can still enjoy those gently worn items – I love how one-of-a-kind many of them are (unlike off the rack). Thank you so much for this detailed comment!

  9. Just by posting this, you’ve already made a difference. For everyone that reads this, another chance that they will make a difference meaning that you yet again made a positive difference for society. Great job, keep on posting.

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