When I say “Becoming a Green Person”, maybe, you can understand this in to become into hulk… or maybe, you can understand this as to someone who is not yet experienced in a particular field or activity like someone who is new at his or her profession, position, or hobby.
Actually, I mean how to be more environmentally friendly, even if only a little.
It´s an uncontestable true the importance in taking care of our Earth and invest in green ideas that allow prevent more damages to our ecologic system. We know and ignore these ideas because we think that can take away our conveniences and comfort. After all, if we go deeply in this thought, we are going to find out that without these attitudes we are not going to have a decent place to live in a short time.
Let´s see for other side: The scientist tell us now that who is around 20 years old today, with all technology advances including in the health department, this person easily will get a perfect health and life expectancy until 100 years.
Have you ever stop to think that you can live with perfect health until 100 years?
Well, now this is a reality. So, in what kind of society do you want to live and leave for your kids when you get older?
It´s time to start to think more in tomorrow, and change our lifestyle.
So I started to look for tips to be a green person, to be more responsible with our planet and I found this interesting matter from Columbia University site. This matter below is so clever because beside give tips to have good attitudes, it makes a connection with something that a lot of people love…. Money! Let´s see:
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
10 Ways to Go Green and Save Green
Keep reading for 10 simple things you can do today to help reduce your environmental impact, save money, and live a happier, healthier life.
1. Save energy to save money.
- Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out.
- Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Or, use a “smart”power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts”phantom” or “vampire” energy use.
- Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.
- Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying. If you must use a dryer, consider adding dryer balls to cut drying time.
2. Save water to save money.
- Take shorter showers to reduce water use. This will lower your water and heating bills too.
- Make sure you have a faucet aerator on each faucet. These inexpensive appliances conserve heat and water, while keeping water pressure high.
- Plant drought-tolerant native plants in your garden. Many plants need minimal watering. Find out which occur naturally in your area.
3. Less gas = more money (and better health!).
- Walk or bike to work. This saves on gas and parking costs while improving your cardiovascular health and reducing your risk of obesity.
- Consider telecommuting if you live far from your work. Or move closer. Even if this means paying more rent, it could save you money in the long term.
4. Eat smart.
- If you eat meat, add one meatless meal a week. Meat costs a lot at the store-and it’s even more expensive when you consider the related environmental and health costs.
- Buy locally raised, humane, and organic meat, eggs, and dairy whenever you can. Purchasing from local farmers keeps money in the local economy.
- Watch videos about why local food and sustainable seafood are so great.
- Whatever your diet, eat low on the food chain .
5. Skip the bottled water.
- Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste.
- Bring a reusable water bottle, preferably aluminum rather than plastic, with you when traveling or at work.
6. Think before you buy.
- Go online to find new or gently used secondhand products. Whether you’ve just moved or are looking to redecorate, consider a service like craigslist or FreeSharing to track down furniture, appliances, and other items cheaply or for free.
- Check out garage sales, thrift stores, and consignment shops for clothing and other everyday items.
- When making purchases, make sure you know what’s “Good Stuff” and what isn’t.
- Your purchases have a real impact, for better or worse.
7. Borrow instead of buying.
- Borrow from libraries instead of buying personal books and movies. This saves money, not to mention the ink and paper that goes into printing new books.
- Share power tools and other appliances. Get to know your neighbors while cutting down on the number of things cluttering your closet or garage.
8. Buy smart.
- Wear clothes that don’t need to be dry-cleaned. This saves money and cuts down on toxic chemical use.
- Invest in high-quality, long-lasting products. You might pay more now, but you’ll be happy when you don’t have to replace items as frequently (and this means less waste!).
9. Keep electronics out of the trash.
- Keep your cell phones, computers, and other electronics as long as possible.
- Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes. E-waste contains mercury and other toxics and is a growing environmental problem.
- Recycle your cell phone.
- Ask your local government to set up an electronics recycling and hazardous waste collection event.
10. Make your own cleaning supplies.
- The big secret: you can make very effective, non-toxic cleaning products whenever you need them. All you need are a few simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon, and soap.
- Making your own cleaning products saves money, time, and packaging-not to mention your indoor air quality.
(based in : http://ehs.columbia.edu/ReduceReuseRecycle.html accessed in 22/02/2013)
Click the link above and make a quiz and let´s see how green you are:
I hope you have done well. See you!!