A green lifestyle means adopting a more conscious and flexible mindset that is willing to change ingrained habits. It is a daily process and journey of aiming to be better stewards of, and residents, of this planet.
I have been on the Green living journey, in a conscious way, for about 8 years now, as of 2015. (And I have been on a journey of kind, conscious meals for over 20 years.) Below are some changes I have employed in my own life, to the extent that I am able, and that I recommend. Adopting a Green lifestyle is a process and can take time. I find that it is a growing and shifting practice and consciousness. I don’t expect to arrive at a destination of being able to say, “I am totally and perfectly Green.” I am not sure I ever will. Yet, I do know that everything each person can do is important, worthwhile, and makes a difference – especially over time.
Being Green, for the most part, is more cost-effective, greatly reduces and/or eliminates single use plastic waste, and harmful, toxic ingredients. The values are based on love for life, Nature, health and the future well-being of our planet and future generations of all life. Somewhere along the way, maybe with the Industrial Age, the fast, convenient, throw-away lifestyle became a symbol of status and progress. What happened is that it disconnected us from simple, affordable, healthy and empowering practices that were belittled and forgotten. The grassroots movement of living a Green lifestyle now, brings us back to a place of empowering simplicity, health and wisdom.
Please, use your voice, use your power of choice, boldly change your habits – little by little, or at a pace that is fast and strong – to join the grassroots Green lifestyle movement. As we do this, we discover that we must call on businesses we rely on to be ethical, inspiring models of transparency in Green practices, packaging and sourcing.
Your small choices and shifts add up. As more and more people become conscious of the urgent need there is to live differently, there will grow a solidarity, as it is the best way forward. The practice of disposable single use plastics and other wastes and environmental destruction is past capacity for sustainability of life. This is urgent. And it is a call for each of us to respond, no matter how small we begin.
– CS Sherin (Chan)
Some Quick Starter Adventures for a Green lifestyle:
- Eat less meat and dairy.
- Evaluate the plastic and other waste in your life.
- Read labels and discern.
- Use reusable shopping bags when you shop for food and all other places.
- Get a bamboo toothbrush.
- Simplify your life: in your closets, wardrobe, shoes, shopping habits, possessions.
- Drive less, bike and walk more.
In The Home
- Green Cleaning: use vinegar, baking soda, olive oil – as well as other natural and safe ingredients to keep your house clean.
- Use containers for your cleaning supplies that are reusable and refillable.
- Aim to eliminate single-use plastic as much as possible, wherever possible.
- Make your own toothpaste, facial cleanser, deodorant…for starters.
- Store food, toiletries and other home items in glass containers as much as possible.
- Use a steam mop and mops with reusable and washable cloth heads.
- Be more conscious of what you are throwing away, how often and why.
- Be more conscious of your habits around waste and plastics.
- Find out about toxic and unnecessary ingredients in products you may use: lotions, toothpastes, deodorants, cosmetics, foods, drinks, etc.
- Notice the packaging on anything you want to buy. Consider how necessary it is and if you can get it in another form.
- Find out what plastics and chemicals are to be avoided and most dangerous.
In The Yard
- Provide important plants for birds, butterflies and bees. Make sure the plants aren’t treated with deadly pesticides.
- Stop using pesticides, herbicides.
- Provide shelter for bats, butterflies, and bees.
- Provide water and bushes and trees for cover for wildlife.
- Make your lawn one that grows diverse and needed plants, herbs, and ground cover appropriate for your climate. Consider drought friendly plants that don’t require lots of water.
- Plant trees.
- Learn about permaculture.
- Grow organic herbs and vegetables.
- Save seeds and get involved in a seed exchange.
- Compost your vegetable, fruit, grain food scraps, coffee and tea, egg shells.