3 Great Sites to Get You Started with Greener Living

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

 

Evolving Wellness
“Holistic, Natural, and Green Approach to Optimal Wellness.”
by Evita Ochel 

“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.

 

Upcycled Love
“sowing the seeds of change”
by Lynn Fang 

“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.

 

Groovy Green Living
“Simple. Change. = Greener. Life.”
by Lori Popkewitz Alper 

“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!

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  1. Adrienne,
    I already know and love Evolving Beings and of course it goes without saying that I adore Evita!
    I am not familiar with the other two and will check them out.
    I’ve become much more aware of the trace I leave behind. It has gotten smaller but, I know I could do much, much better.

    Thank you for this reminder. It’s very important for all of us to focus on leaving a smaller trace.
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    • Adrienne says:

      Hi Angela,

      Evita’s site was actually one of the first blogs I ever started reading, about a year ago now, and I’ve learned so much from her, especially when it comes to natural healthcare and “going green.” I am sure you will love Lynn and Lori as much as I do as well.

      Leaving a smaller trace is definitely a process, and a difficult one at times. I know there’s so much more I can do as well, but at least I feel good about doing something. :)

  2. Keith says:

    Adrienna,

    Fantastic post and call to action! I know and love all of Evita’s sites but am new to the others. I will scope them out today. Thank you!

  3. Rand says:

    Good morning Adrienne!

    For me here in San Diego a well timed post, considering the summer density of our bays and ocean beaches.

    As a boy I grew up over looking Mission Bay. It was originally called “False Bay”, as the water was very shallow with mud flats, surrounded by salt marsh. Needless to say there was a tremendous amount of wildlife present.

    As a boy I can remember the two lanes of the 101 Coast Highway (now 4 to 5 lane Intersate 5) that came into San Diego. Through the view window I would watch the few cars dribble in. Also, I watched the dredging of Mission Bay, and the slow development of its man-made parkland. Later on in life I actually got to personally know Harry Halsig and his wife. Harry was for a good many years the City Planning Commisioner. he was the man in charge of developing Mission Bay and our freeway grid system.

    What I am getting at here is ‘Yes’ the water park is a great asset, our miles of sandy beaches are a great asset. But our population is so huge and will become even larger. People still leave tons of plastic debris behind. Every imaginable kind of article can be found amongst the rocks and sand at low tide.

    Population and Plastics = Propensity for Polution

    Re-educate and Re-invent = Renewed for Race of Man = Renewed for Rest of the World

    I went surf fishing yesterday at South Mission Beach (catch and release) must say the beach looked pretty clean following the 4th of July. No telling what got washed out to sea though…

    Will venture over to Evita’s site and the other two that I have not visited before.

    Thanks for your *effort* Adreinne!

    • Adrienne says:

      Hi Rand,

      That’s what’ so sad about some of the earth’s most beautiful places – everyone wants to live there, so they don’t stay beautiful for long! My mom always tells me stories about Riverside, CA when she used to live there in the late ’70s. She always talks about how green and beautiful it is (was). I finally got to visit several years ago, and sadly, was not impressed.

      We’re in such a difficult situation now…our population continues to grow and we continue to over populate areas and take over wild areas. Pretty soon there will be no room left for the wildlife. I feel sad for future generations, as I don’t really see a way out of this one. My hope is that as people become more aware of this problem, we can start to ease our impact and begin changing the status quo.

      Instead of people focusing on getting bigger houses and fancier cars, wouldn’t it be nice if “being green” was the thing to go for? The more green your lifestyle, the more well respected? Just a thought… ;)

  4. Lynn Fang says:

    Thanks so much for including me, Adrienne! I love your message of thinking more deeply about going green, beyond the “trendiness” of it. In the end, I think it’s really about how conscious you want to be about your life decisions. Every little choice you make, every thought you have, has an impact that resonates on some broader level. You don’t always know how that plays out, so it’s really important to think consciously about the way you live.

    Going green means you acknowledge that no one but you can make the right choices about how to live. Our government, businesses won’t do as good of a job as you in figuring what’s safe and healthy for you to use and consume. You’re so right that going green is about saving money. You don’t have to buy expensive green products. In fact, the most green thing to do is buy nothing new whatsoever. Reuse what you’ve got, make your own non-toxic cleaners for super cheap. Not everyone can get solar panels just yet, so you don’t need to go for those right away.

    Awesome greenie blogs: Love and Trash, It’s Not Easy To Be Green, One Earth to Live, Little Green Blog, Zero Waste Home, etc.

  5. Adrienne says:

    Hi Lynn,

    I’m happy to include you here – I so appreciate all you do and write about! I’m about to give your “No shampoo” recipes a try this weekend. Are you still doing that? I was wondering how it works out in the long term.

    I’m definitely getting better about not buying new stuff and reusing things, although there is certainly room for improvement. As I will be unemployed for a little while very soon, I think that is going to become much easier!! ;)

    Thanks so much for the other “green” links! I’ll be sure to check them out.

  6. Hi Adrienne,

    Thanks for alerting and encouraging us! It’s exciting to hear that you were introduced to the “reduce, reuse, recycle” campaign as a child. That’s a sign that times are changing.

    These are three great reasons to go green. And three of my favorite sites too.
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    • Adrienne says:

      Hi Sandra,

      Yeah, it was a big thing in DODDS schools, but I’m not sure if that’s still the case today. My little sister is in high school, and I’m not sure I’ve ever heard her mention it. It seems like many people are becoming more aware of green and sustainable living in general, which is awesome.

  7. Allan says:

    Adrienne,

    Many thanks for curating these sites, and for the timely reminder of the consequences of our current lifestyle.

    Although I’d been aware of the issues and had been doing a little, becoming a parent has made me see how urgent this is. (I take my hat off to those who see this before they start a family; they’re truly visionarys). However, better late than never, and I’m here now. I’ll be exploring these sites and learning all I can – thank you!

    Allan
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    • Adrienne says:

      Hi Allan,

      That’s really amazing that becoming a parent has made sustainable living more important to you!! I think there are plenty of parents out there who just aren’t thinking in those terms. For some people, it’s just not something they consider in general, while for others, it’s a problem for future generations to deal with.

      It can be difficult to get started, as it can feel like, one can one person really do? Can one person really make a difference? The cool thing is, yes one person really can make a big difference! Plus, we have the ability to inspire others through our actions, so kudos to you for setting an awesome example for your family! I hope to do the same someday. :)

  8. Hi Adrienne-Thanks for such a great post. I am so honored to be included in your list of green and sustainable living sites. I feel the same about your incredible site. It has provided me with so much insight and inspiration.

    I agree with you-being on a green path “just feels good”. But everyone has to get there when they’re ready. Start off with small, baby steps so that it’s not overwhelming. Hopefully over time we will all have an increased awareness about what we put in and on our bodies and how it effects our health and the health of the planet. I like what your friend Jenn says, “it’s about leaving the right trace”.

    I agree with Lynn-there are so many incredible sites out there spreading the “green” message. It really takes a village to make a difference. Glad to be making a difference with you.
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    • Adrienne says:

      Hi Lori,

      It’s been great connecting with you and your amazing site! You’ve been such a help and inspiration to me. You are so so right about people having to get started when they are ready. I think that’s true for just about anything, I have to continuously remind myself of that.

      It can be so easy to start judging others who aren’t in the same place and lifestyle as me, but I have to remind myself of where I was 8 years ago, 4 years ago, 2 years ago, etc. I keep evolving and growing, and I know everyone has to do that at their own time and pace. I also know that some will never choose this path, and I have to be okay with that. It’s all about doing my part and hopefully inspiring others through my actions. When we do that, we help build a community rather than turn people off. :)

  9. Jennifer says:

    Hi there! I found you through a comment on Sandra’s blog, and followed you over. I’m intrigued by the idea of leaving no trace. For better or worse, it often seems like our whole civilization is founded on leaving traces (which does lead to some amazing works of art and architecture) or on failing to think that far ahead (plastic, fracking, fossil fuels). I think some impact is unavoidable, but if we work to not only reduce our impact, but also actively work towards giving back to the planet and strengthening the ecosystems around us, we can still achieve a sort of net zero. I hope we get there!

    I subscribe to the other two blogs religiously, but have only a passing acquaintance with Evita’s. Off I go!
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    • Adrienne says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      Welcome!! Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you – I’m in the process of separating from the Air Force, so it’s been a crazy couple of weeks!! (but good crazy!) :)

      As far as the “leave no trace,” that is more of hiking/backpacking rule of thumb and not really feasible for our modern world, and like you said, many of the traces we as a human race have left behind are pretty darn amazing. Like my friend Jenn says, I think it’s more about leaving the right trace and taking the time to think about the impact of our choices and lifestyle. I love hiking and backpacking more than just about anything else, mostly because of the beautiful landscapes I encounter, and I want that to be around for others to enjoy for centuries to come. Plus, we (humans) aren’t the only ones who need homes and space to live…pretty soon we’re going to take over and push every other animal out of their homes, and I think that’s just really sad.

      Anyhoo, it sounds like we have several of the same friends! What did you think of Evita’s site?

  10. Susan Tucker says:

    Thanks for the great post!! There is a company who is helping with the post consumer waste issue, by creating it into durable, beautiful products for you and your home…. they were recently featured in the NY Times: http://www.hipcycle.com

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