When we talk about living green, some people think that they have to change their lifestyle all at once. But, this isn’t true, nor is it helpful. The way we live is a composite of many habits, and a new habit sticks better when they are built up one at a time. Start with one idea, like recycling newspapers, do that regularly for a month until it seems easy and usual. Next move onto making sure that all your electrical gadgets are fully turned off and not left on standby. Do that for a month. The smallest steps forward will eventually add up to a big difference.
Making Commitments to Living Green
Another way to take steps is make smaller commitments. Instead of deciding to take the bus to work everyday for the rest of your life, decide to take it once a week for a month. Don’t make any decisions until the month is over and see how you feel. The strangeness will have drained away after a month and you can build on your comfort level. You can move on to taking the bus twice a week. Its okay to take small steps and feel good about your progress.
There are a lot of other habits you can implement slowly and over time to live a greener lifestyle and even save money. Take shorter showers. Turn off the water while you are brushing your teeth or shaving. Switch to green fertilizer for your lawn. Expand your garden plant area to include local, hardy plants that don’t need extra water or fertilizer. Walk with your kids to local stores and only buy what you can carry. Look for places that accept clothes and furniture that you no longer need and give them away rather than throwing them out.
Every little bit makes a difference, in your life and in your outlook, sometimes in your pocketbook. Consider a change over the holidays:
tips for a green Thanksgiving