A Beginners’ Quick Guide to Going Green

Going green might mean bringing on a wave of change into your life, and it can be a little daunting to start. Beware, in most occasions you will have to spend more or put in more effort that what you might have been used to, but this is a small price to pay for a clear conscience, right? Though going green is a huge step towards a better, healthier lifestyle, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to do something grand that will immediately create an impact — in fact, it’s the little things that actually do a whole lot of good. It’s these environment-conscious practices that make green living possible, and even enjoyable. Start small, and then you can slowly work your way up to bigger things. So how exactly does one start?

Here are three things to regularly ask yourself to help rouse your green sensibilities:

Is this recyclable or reusable? Pretty much anything we use can be recycled, so it’s a good first step to consider what happens to an item after we’ve used it. With this, you can start with installing separate bins for recyclables and perishables at your home, and you can begin to practice reusing or re-purposing things in your household and at the workplace.
Is this a necessity? Going green involves exercising a measure of prudence and frugality. Avoid wastefulness by using only what you need, when you need it. This also applies to resources such as energy and water — conservation is key.
Do I have green options for this? Always be on the lookout for environment-friendly alternatives for items on your shopping list. Recycled, recyclable, biodegradable — these are only some of what could be available to you. From packaging to the actual product, there are often a number of options to let you enjoy a greener lifestyle.

Shifting gears towards a green lifestyle will definitely take some work, but these questions are small yet sure steps to the right direction. These seemingly simple ideas would eventually integrate into your consciousness and allow you to slide into an environment-friendly mindset. Being conscious of how your actions and choices would affect nature could take some time getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes almost instinctive and automatic, making it easier to keep up with a healthy and well-rounded green lifestyle.

About the Author

George is a writer who occasionally does work for PlasticPlace, a wholesaler of environmentally-friendly garbage bags. He has been living clean and green for almost a decade now and has saved a considerable amount from recycling and repurposing alone.