Since I was first introduced to the “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.” campaign as a little girl, I have become more aware of my actions, like how much trash I produce and how much water I use. I’ve made little efforts here and there to do my part, but mostly, my life has been far from green, healthy, or sustainable.
Sometimes I was too busy or thought it cost too much. For the most part, I just had no idea how unhealthy and destructive my lifestyle really was, and sometimes still is.
But all of that has been changing.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve become incredibly conscious of the foods I eat to fuel my body and the products I purchase and use, including: clothing, medicines, health and beauty products, and cleaning supplies. I take the time to consider what impact I’m having on myself, society, and our planet.
Maybe you’ve already jumped on the green bandwagon, but if not, you may be thinking:
What’s the point of “going green?” Is this just some kind of hippy fad? Or, how much difference can one person really make?
For starters, when you become more conscious about how you consume, you will begin making better choices.
Essentially, choosing to go green is:
Better for the environment. So many people are completely unaware of the damage we are doing to the planet just because it’s become the norm. The thing is, the planet can’t keep taking this kind of beating forever – our current lifestyle is not sustainable. Our natural resources are limited, and we are growing and consuming at an alarming rate. Will there still be wild places for the next generation to enjoy? Will wild animals exist outside of zoos? Moreover, will there be clean water to drink?
Healthier for you. It’s incredible how dangerous many household products can be for us and what a difference we can make by removing them. There are so many health problems we can reduce and avoid completely without the need to swallow more chemicals or apply special creams.
Easier on your wallet. No seriously, being green doesn’t have to be expensive. Quite the opposite, continuously making green choices will save you money.
It’s about your choices and the impact they have.
Plus, it just plain feels good.
Instead of trying to go in depth about all of the benefits of going green or why you might want to pay more attention to how and what you consume, I will leave that to the experts!
Here are three of my favorite sites for great tips for getting you well on your way to greener living. The women who created each of these sites are truly passionate about being healthy and living sustainably, and it shines through in everything they share. They have been so helpful on my ever-evolving journey of wellness and wise living, and my hope is that you will find them just as useful, inspiring, and thought-provoking as I have.
My Top 3 Sites for Green and Sustainable Living
“Today, you cannot depend on companies and governments to tell you what is safe and what isn’t.” ~ Evita Ochel
Evita provides a wealth of information on holistic health, focusing on natural ways of taking care of ourselves and preventing illness. Her site includes excellent interviews, recipes, resources, and product reviews.
“Food is our most intimate connection with nature. It is the first place to start thinking about our impact on the earth.” ~ Lynn Fang
Lynn discusses topics such as permaculture, creating less waste, and how science ties into sustainable living.
“Simple, small changes in your life can lead to a non-toxic, healthier lifestyle and a greener planet.” ~ Lori Popkewitz Alper
Lori covers a wide variety of green topics, all the way from green homes, products, and traveling to healthy food and life style choices – plus so much more!
Leave No Trace?
If you’ve ever been hiking, backpacking, or camping, you are probably familiar with the “Leave no trace” policy. However, this mindset isn’t just for the trails – or at least it shouldn’t be.
We need to be thinking about the footprints we are leaving wherever we go. As my friend Jenn says, “It’s about leaving the right trace.”
What trace are you leaving?
With the help of the amazing women listed here, I’m feeling better and better about the trace I’m leaving as I continue to make conscious changes in my life.
If you haven’t already, please check out these awesome sites and let me know what you think. Also, if you have an recommendations for other great “green resources,” be sure to send them my way!
Be wise. Live life!