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January 17, 2023 5 Comments
The following article is reposted from Green America, our featured .org.
Green Americans are interested in green living. Many of you want to help others learn how to create a sustainable, fairer world too. To help you do that, we've put together this list of ten high-impact actions for social justice and environmental sustainability.
When Green Americans across the country take individual actions, they add up to a lot of change. Please share this list of sustainable living tips with your friends, family, and social networks today!
According to the EPA, the average American family typically uses over 300 gallons of water every day. With climate change causing droughts across the nation and around the world, it’s critical to save water whenever you can. And while US drinking water is safe for most people, toxic runoff from agriculture, industrial pollution, fossil fuels, and degraded lead-pipe infrastructure has put thousands of communities at risk. Take care not to toss chemicals down your drain at home, to avoid polluting local water tables, and to conserve water whenever you can.
2. Go Nontoxic at Home
You’ve probably heard the statistic from the EPA about indoor air being up to ten times more polluted than outdoor air, due to the toxic chemicals often found in conventional cleaners and other products. If you haven’t yet done anything about it, make this the year to start. When you choose eco-friendly, less-toxic cleaning products, detergents, fragrances, candles, body care, and more, you keep your indoor air cleaner and make your home healthier for yourself and your family.
3. Green Your Closet
Americans buy too much clothing, and it’s glutting landfills. In addition, donated clothing often winds up being sent to developing countries, where it’s overwhelming local economies. The prescription for all this waste? If you want to live sustainably, buy less, and when you do buy, buy organic and green clothing that lasts longer than flimsy “fast fashion” pieces.
4. Green Your Energy Use
If you really take advantage of all of the opportunities to amp up the energy efficiency of your home and office, it’s possible to shave your energy bill in half. And then, green the rest of your energy use to reduce your carbon footprint even more.
5. Bank and Invest Responsibly
Your money can do good in the world, if you put it in the right places. By choosing socially responsible bank accounts and investment products, your finances can work for you and for people and the planet. Right now, more than $8.7 trillion under professional management is invested responsibly, adding up to a lot of economic power pressuring corporations to clean up their acts.
6. Choose “Good Food”
At Green America, we work towards a world that has organic food, planted and harvested fairly in ways that don’t exploit farmworkers, and isn’t cruel and inhumane to animals. Lately, we’ve also started including food grown using regenerative farming methods, as well. Regenerative agriculture heals the soil, so it can better act as a carbon sink. Studies like those conducted by Rodale have found that a global switch to regenerative farming could actually reverse the climate crisis.
7. Build Green
Buildings—new and existing—have a huge impact on the environment. By implementing green features and using renewable or recycled and salvaged materials, home and building owners can live more sustainable and greatly reduce a building’s impact on the environment and the climate.
8. Reuse and Recycle
Reusing products instead of buying them new—whether you find innovative ways to use things you already own, or swap, buy, or barter for someone else’s items—helps save energy, curb global warming emissions, and preserve the Earth’s precious resources. Choosing reusable products instead of single-use throwaways (bottled water, anyone?) curbs waste and reduces the burden on landfills, as well. And, whenever possible, recycle unwanted items that can’t be reused to preserve resources.
9. Green Your Transportation
Transportation is one of the world’s largest sources of global-warming pollution. Walk, bike, or take public transit instead of driving. You’ll cut down on air pollution and help reduce emissions that are contributing to the climate crisis.
10. Travel Sustainably
Air travel in particular contributes to climate change, and so do all of the vehicles on roads worldwide. Whenever you can, walk, bike, or take public transportation to curb air pollution and global warming emissions. And when it’s time to go on vacation, choosing locally owned hotels, organic restaurants, and green businesses can help minimize your travel footprint.
We hope these ten green living suggestions illustrate how you can live a sustainable life and adopt earth-friendly habits. Please share this post with friends and family!
Green America is a non-profit organization that harnesses economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. They are our Featured Non-profit for the first quarter of 2023.
June 01, 2023
It is a good idea to use nontoxic products at home. And often, such products are even less expensive to buy. For example, instead of using commercial drain cleaners, you can use vinegar and baking soda. It will be better for your health, for the drains, and for your wallet.
And also remember that it’s always easier to prevent a problem than solve it. Check out some tips in this article for keeping the drains clean: https://callnewera.com/kitchen-plumbing/.
June 01, 2023
Not everyone is ready to switch to alternative energy, but there’s something everyone can do easily to save energy at home. You can improve the energy efficiency of your appliances, like your air conditioner, for example. If it’s not properly maintained, it can use a lot of energy. Regular maintenance for your AC is not hard, and some homeowners may even want to do it themselves. Here’s a guide that can help: https://happyhiller.com/hvac/spring-hvac-maintenance-tips-for-homeowners/.
May 19, 2023
I love the idea of using nontoxic products at home. I also want to mention how important it is to choose eco-friendly nontoxic pest deterrents – in summer, we all use them occasionally. So, choose natural pest control products that utilize plant-based ingredients like neem oil or cedarwood oil, which effectively repel pests without harming the environment or your well-being. Also, embrace such green methods to keep pests and mosquitoes at bay as, for example, incorporating pest-repelling plants like rosemary, basil, and mint into your indoor decor.
May 18, 2023
Thanks for such great tips!! I also want to mention such a thing as regular HVAC maintenance. It is another vital aspect of an eco-friendly lifestyle as it can improve your home’s energy efficiency by up to 15%.
Here’s how to maintain your HVAC system: https://integrityheating-cooling.com/news-media/hvac-maintenance-everything-homeowners-must-know.
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June 09, 2023
Did you know that green practices can be applied to your home plumbing too? Green plumbing is utilizing techniques to reduce water waste. A good rule of thumb for green plumbing is to pick toilets, washers, dishwashers, and other appliances that are rated for high efficiency. You can read more about this in the article: https://acehomeco.com/green-plumbing-what-is-it/.