How to Start Living an Eco-Friendly lifestyle?
Being eco-friendly is the act of living with the intent to not harm the environment and to prevent harm from happening to ecosystems by actual practices. It goes beyond separating garbage for recycling. It is about changing the way you use products, changing your lifestyle. Eco-friendly products promote green living which entails using products that help conserve energy and help prevent the pollution of the environment. In addition, some eco-friendly products are also considered healthy choices.
Becoming eco-friendly is realizing how your choices affect the environment and it starts with changing your lifestyle by learning to consume products that generate minimal harm to the environment. It can start simply by using tote bags instead of plastic bags at the grocery store. You can also become more aware of the level of environmental harm that has been caused in your country and helps promote regulations that are of preventive nature.
A simple example, some years ago, in some countries garbage was disposed of in the ocean. After environmental groups forced the attention of regulators to the issue and as results regulations were put in place and it has become best practice to dispose of waste in the most eco-friendly way possible. Not all countries have this yet but at least it has been acknowledged as bad practice worldwide.
The traditional way of doing things that are harmful to the environment generated wealth for those in charge, corporations, and of course, they would like to maintain that wealth as long as possible. The concept of going green is a threat to these corporations and as expected they will do anything within their power to prevent any harm to their wealth. Therefore for those who are eco-friendly, it is important to support other eco-friendly persons, communities, and businesses that work towards producing eco-friendly products.
Changing your Mindset
Changing your lifestyle by yourself is not easy, but having the right mindset is important and will help you on your path to becoming eco-friendly. You can start by networking with other eco-friendly peers and find out what they do and support them. Then walking the eco-friendly path becomes easier. You can start by:
-recycling or buy recycled products;
-plant trees fruits and veggies;
-use energy-efficient products (conserve electricity);
-drive less walk more;
-join and/ or support environmental groups.
Living an eco-friendly life is not easy, especially if you don’t have the infrastructure to do so:
If there is no recycling plant, how do you recycle certain products?
If there is no land to plant trees, what do you do?
If the water distribution has leaks and is not working effectively?
How can you conserve water if you don’t receive good quality drink water?
If there are no energy-efficient products, what choices do you have?
If there is no public transportation or no secure sidewalks, how can you drive less?
In some instances, your connections can help you with bringing attention to these issues. That is why it is so important to establish an eco-friendly network. In the end, as you become more and more aware of all the alternatives that exist that contribute to the green lifestyle, going green will become a state of mind.