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Green Living Can Be Easier Than You Think

Many people think that is difficult and/or expensive to be 'green' when in fact it's not.   Yes, it's an investment to replace your windows with ones that are more energy efficient, to install solar panels or buy new appliances, but there are also a myriad of other things you can do on a daily basis to reduce your carbon footprint and live in better alignment with the Earth.
Being green is about 'thinking' differently and being aware of the effects that your actions have on this planet-- not avoiding the reality of what you are using, disgarding and/or eating.  Every action you take on a daily basis has an impact on the limited resources we share and also contribute to the health and well being of you, your family, and your pets.  Saving this planet begins with your own home and your lifestyle.
Energizing a room and living within the rhythms of the day can be as simple as opening a window to allow fresh air in and letting your home breathe, as well as opening your blinds or window treatments to allow full sunlight to heat your home.  By using natural cleaning products like vinegar to clean windows and other surfaces, and baking soda for scrubbing bathrooms, sinks, and counters you can save money and also create a healthier environment.
Planting a vegetable, herb  and/or native flower garden to encourage birds and bees will not only create a healthier environment and reduce stress, but it will also create more green space as opposed to asphalt and lawns.  Sure it's work, but the rewards will be generous.   It was an amazing experience for my 8 y.o. son this past summer as he proudly showed off the delicious carrots, cucumbers, beets and other vegetables we had grown.   Lawns not only contribute to noise pollution and use non-renewable resources to maintain, but they also are practically useless when it comes to offering support to Nature.  The obsessive mowing I often see never allows the grass to heal and renew itself, and it often scorches during dry spells.  If you have to mow, at least mow higher and less often.  Wouldn't you rather be listening to the songbirds and enjoying your gardens, instead of mowing your lawn constantly?  Also, stay away from pesticides-- any form of them is harmful to the soil, water and air that we breath even the so-called 'natural' lawn treatments.  You can't eliminate one form of life without harming another and creating imbalance.  Try composting your kitchen scraps which in turn will nourish your gardens.  You'll reduce waste and create healthier soil.
Recycle, re-use and find creative ways to reduce consumption in your home.  Not only will you save some trees and reduce consumerism, but you will also save money in the long run during these challenging economic times.  Consider new uses for jars, tins and other items you would otherwise throw away or recycle.  Stop buying highly packaged goods and forego the need to change your wardrobe constantly.  Find creative ways to reuse your clothes and consider donating items to local causes rather than disgarding.  
Buying produce from local farmers, not only supports local families, but also the closer the food is grown, the healthier it is for you.   If preservatives preserve food, your organs aren't digesting the food normally so think of what it's doing to your body.  Be kind to the Earth-- be kind to yourself.  Get inspired and be creative.  Your body, mind and spirit will thank you.
I leave you with these words by Goethe:
    " Trust yourself, then you will know how to live."
Green Blessings.
Copyright 2011 Awen Environments

4 Comments to Green Living Can Be Easier Than You Think:

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Steven on Friday, January 14, 2011 6:51 PM
Well written and full of worthy suggestions. I moved away from this way of thinking over the past couple of decades, but find myself thinking more along these lines lately. Timely, for me, to find this. Thanks for sharing. Steven
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Clarissa on Saturday, January 15, 2011 11:55 AM
I'm glad my article was appropriate in it's timing for you. Many have gotten so far away from the simplicity of things, but it's amazing how rewarding aligning yourself with Nature can be. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

John on Saturday, January 15, 2011 1:50 PM
If we all take lowering our carbon footprints one step at a time we can do some truly amazing things here on earth. It is not just about the one or two little things we do to start. It is about all the things we do along the way. Lowering carbon footprints will give small financial paybacks with little effort but will generate large environmental paybacks over time. Simple things like using reusable grocery bags like the chico bags or asking for paper instead of plastic can have a big impact over time.
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Clarissa on Saturday, January 15, 2011 7:47 PM
Thanks, John for adding your suggestions. We didn't get where we are overnight and there's no doubt it will take some time to reduce the effects of consumerism, but as you said-- the rewards for all of us will be huge in the long run.

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