EZ 2 B Green

Your Life is 64% Green
                            
You live a very green life, and you’re aware of how your actions help the earth.
Of course, it’s hard to be totally green. But when you make a tradeoff, you know why you’re making it.

How Green Is Your Life?

Now, I don’t think this quiz is necessarily all that accurate, because I don’t consider myself to be all that “green”, yet. Nonetheless I would like to start taking steps to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. I am also interested in what a Christian’s responsibility in regards to the environment is and hope to blog about that topic soon.

But, for now I would like to share some tips and resources with you. Really, there are some things you can do to alter your lifestyle that will not hurt your pocketbook or usual routine much at all. Many of you may already be doing many of these thing without realizing how “green” they are. Things we are currently doing:

  • Recycling when possible and/or convenient
  • Striving to cut down on bottled water use
  • Printing on both sides of paper
  • Using fluorescent bulbs
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room, hanging many things to dry rather than run them through the dryer, not leaving faucets dripping
  • Packing garbage-free lunches by using only reusable containers
  • Striving to cut down use of plastic baggies and reusing them many times over when safe to do so
  • Only using heat/AC when absolutely necessary (those of you close to us, know this to be true, painfully true)
  • Do some shopping at local farmers markets in order to support local farms/ try to purchase organic and all natural products
  • Had a house inspection to find out ways to seal our home and prevent wasting energy
  • Not idling in the car/not sitting in long drive thru lines

Things in the works:

  • Purchase and use canvas grocery bags
  • Further cut down on plastic storage bag use
  • Use cloth diapers (Jason’s idea–not mine…we’ll have to see about that when the time comes)
  • Start weeding out harmful cleaning supplies, toxin filled toiletries, etc. from our home.
  • Be more conscious of where our purchases come from and how it affects the world
  • Cut down use of paper products by using cloth napkins, cloth dish towels, microfiber dust rags, etc.

Read about how San Francisco is the first city to ban plastic bags. 

Browse and purchase your own stylish, reusable grocery bags.

Take a garbage free lunch by using a wrap-n-mat.

Check out the world of cloth diapers.

Replace energy-hogging light bulbs with these.

Test your Water IQ.

Find out what’s in your favorite beauty products and how it may be harming you.

Shop for natural living gear.

Support local farming.

Have fun turning green!

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One thought on “EZ 2 B Green

  1. Another way to help the environment is to become a vegetarian! (Or at least skip the meat a few times each week.) Check this out…

    Last month, the United Nations published a report on livestock and the environment with a stunning conclusion: “The livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.” It turns out that raising animals for food is a primary cause of land degradation, air pollution, water shortage, water pollution, loss of biodiversity, and not least of all, global warming.

    Researchers at the University of Chicago noted that feeding animals for meat, dairy, and egg production requires growing some ten times as much crops as we’d need if we just ate pasta primavera, faux chicken nuggets, and other plant foods. On top of that, we have to transport the animals to slaughterhouses, slaughter them, refrigerate their carcasses, and distribute their flesh all across the country. Producing a calorie of meat protein means burning more than ten times as much fossil fuels — and spewing more than ten times as much heat-trapping carbon dioxide — as does a calorie of plant protein. The researchers found that, when it’s all added up, the average American does more to reduce global warming emissions by going vegetarian than by switching to a Prius.

    According to the UN report, it gets even worse when we include the vast quantities of land needed to give us our steak and pork chops. Animal agriculture takes up an incredible 70% of all agricultural land, and 30% of the total land surface of the planet. As a result, farmed animals are probably the biggest cause of slashing and burning the world’s forests. Today, 70% of former Amazon rainforest is used for pastureland, and feed crops cover much of the remainder. These forests serve as “sinks,” absorbing carbon dioxide from the air, and burning these forests releases all the stored carbon dioxide, quantities that exceed by far the fossil fuel emission of animal agriculture.

    For the rest of the story… HuffingtonPost.com. By Kathy Freston, Posted February 7, 2007.

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