I suppose another reason some find living a green lifestyle out of reach is because they don't know just how easy it is and what they could do to start. I've been recycling since high school. I've also been using reusable bags for years, long before it became such a fad. I donate clothes, household items, and toys to charity instead of throwing them away. As a child, we were taught to turn off lights in rooms that were not being used and to turn off the water while soaping our hands or brushing our teeth. It doesn't take much to live a green lifestyle, little things do add up.
Today, more and more companies are helping consumers live a green lifestyle. There are so many great companies and products out there that it can be a little overwhelming to know which company is truly eco-conscious or just jumping on the bandwagon for a profit. I wish I knew how to tell too. But, choosing an eco-friendly product over a conventional one is a great way to start living a green lifestyle. Products can be eco-friendly in a variety of ways. Products can be made from renewable raw materials (i.e. plant surfactants) or materials that are better for the environment (think organic). They can also be manufactured using technology that minimizes depletion of natural resource or production of byproducts harmful to the environment and human health. Some products are manufactured and distributed locally to save on fuel (farmer's markets anyone?).
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Recyclable products are eco-friendly. I am fortunate to live in a city that provides recycling pickup along with our trash. We can dispose of consumable materials in the green bin, from paper to plastic and everything in between, providing they meet the criteria. Plastics with the recycle sign and SPI Resin Identification Code 1-7 are fair game. We also take some recyclables to recycling centers for disposal. In California, we are charged a minimum of $.05 per recyclable beverage container at the store during purchase, called CRV. Consumers see a portion of that money back when they recycle the containers.
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There are also other ways to live a green lifestyle in addition to using eco-friendly products. I will continue to publish posts that will hopefully encourage more people to take baby steps in being more eco-conscious.
What are your favorite eco-friendly products?
Disclaimer: I was not financially compensated for this post. The opinions expressed in this post are solely mine.