Live green emphasizes a responsible and sustainable lifestyle that reduces the total use of environmental resources and lessens our carbon footprint on earth. Below is a photo of my baby pineapple plant, Elvis.
When you avoid stockpiling garbage in the first place, you don’t have to worry about tossing your trash. Think about ways you can reduce your waste when you shop, work and play. When we reduce waste, we leave the world a healthier place for future generations, while saving ourselves time and money.
- Opt for environmentally friendly and ethically made products
- Eat Green: Eat less meat and dairy
- Choose organic and humane certified animal products
- Reduce food waste
- Grow your own food
- Use less plastic
- Eat more meals at home
- Skip the bottled water
- Invest in safe and sustainable cookware and bakeware
- Avoid plastic kitchenware and non-stick pans and utensils
- Avoid using aluminum foil to prepare foods with heat
- Avoid buying single-use items
- Don’t buy stuff you really don’t need
- Create a shopping list and stick to it
- Rent or borrow instead of buying
- Resist the urge to buy the newest technology and gadgets every year
- Opt for goods with the least amount of packaging
- Buy in bulk
- Invest in quality products and then use them for a long time
- Get the most out of what you buy – use it up and wear it out
- Purchase products that are returnable, reusable or refillable
- Take shorter showers and don’t leave the water running while brushing your teeth
- Walk or ride your bike whenever possible
- Turn off the lights and put your computer into “sleep mode” when you leave
- Make your own cleaning supplies and beauty products (e.g. DIY peppermint toothpaste)
Waste Not, Want Not
Research from the USDA finds that Americans waste an average of US $544 worth of food per person per year. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that about 1/3rd of all food produced for human consumption goes to waste each year.
Although perceptions of what makes up “local food” differ by region (due in large part to varying climates, soil types, and populations), most individuals agree that it eating locally means minimizing the distance between production and consumption, especially in relation to the modern mainstream food system.
Eat Fair, Be Fair
Fair trade is a social movement whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainability. Members of the movement advocate the payment of higher prices to exporters, as well as higher social and environmental standards.
Reuse is the action or practice of using something again, whether for its original purpose (conventional reuse) or a different function (creative reuse or repurposing). Reuse is different from recycling, which is the break down of used items in order to manufacture of new products. The act of reusing saves time, money, energy, and our precious natural resources.
- Invest in reusable shopping bags
- Reuse towels prior to rewashing
- Reuse glass bottles and jars
- Donate or sell your gently used clothing, shoes, toys, appliances, and furniture
- Use resealable containers rather than plastic wrap
- Use a ceramic coffee mug instead of paper cups
- Reuse grocery bags or bring your own cloth bags to the store
- Do not take a bag from the store unless you need one
Everyday, we encounter hundreds of recyclable items. Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. By recycling, we can preserve our natural resources and lessen our carbon footprint.
Benefits of Recycling
- Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and combustion factories
- Conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals
- Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
- Saves energy
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change
- Helps sustain the environment for future generations
- Helps create new well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries
What can I recycle?
A lot of things (e.g. aluminum, glass, paper, cardboard, magazines, junk mail, flattened cereal boxes, plastic bottles and containers, batteries, light bulbs, electronics, and used motor oil); however, it really depends on the recycling center.
Where can I recycle?
To locate recycling resources and facilities near you, visit www.earth911.com and be sure to check out their Recycling Guides. If you live in Houston, check out the city of Houston’s recycling center and resources. The WestPark Consumer Recycling Center is an awesome drive-thru facility that accepts most recyclables.
One way we can recycle our knowledge and experiences is by volunteering. We all have great skills that can be used to better the world around us. Please consider volunteering your time, energy, and/or skills to give back to the world around you.
To learn more about my lifestyle, visit the page titled Rebel Lifestyle.
To view photos of my grub, check out the page titled Rebel Grub.
To view meal planning information, head over to the page Meal Planning.
To view shopping lists, visit the page titled Shopping Lists.
Posters and Charts
To view my posters and charts, hit up the page titled Posters.
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Posters and Charts
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