Living green or a sustainable lifestyle is a primary focus on eco awareness with actions towards reducing ones carbon footprint, managing waste, and embracing sustainability concepts in decision making.
Many “eco curious” folks express confusion as to what it means to live green. A sustainable lifestyle often means different things to different people. For those well versed in sustainability concepts, a sustainable lifestyle may be very different compared to someone just beginning to make sustainable life changes. Keeping it simple, a sustainable lifestyle is about making choices and taking eco actions and can be categorized in different areas of our lives.
- Protect natural resources: start by rethinking consumption patterns for energy and water needs and identify ways to curb unnecessary consumption.
- Limit waste: start by eliminating food waste. Pre plan your meals, buy in bulk, and prepare what you need. Compost and turn your old food into healthy soil.
- Purchase items with the eco awareness in mind. Purchase products with minimal packaging or sustainable packaging. Products that can be reused before recycling offer more environmental value.
- Become an educated consumer: Buy local, buy fair trade, and purchase items from sustainable businesses.
- Inspire others: adopt a green attitude
Another approach is appreciating nature. The post, Nature: The Natural Mood Enhancer, suggest paying attention to the natural world not only makes you feel better, it makes you behave better. As Albert Einstein said, “It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.” Viewed from a sustainability perspective, that can take many forms. As in, caring for the Earth’s resources from a physical and material perspective, but also in how our individual thoughts of eco awareness and behavior shapes that caring.