If you are stuck in the cycle of consuming endlessly, and care for the environment, then you might seriously be thinking about having a change in lifestyle. The goals of living greener and more sustainably, and consuming less material possessions go hand in hand.
To get you on your way, here are four bonanza living green tips to live by:
Tip No 1 – Shop Out of Necessity, Not out of Boredom
Have you ever felt bored and decided to go down the shopping mall to see what was happening. Before you know it, you arrive back at home with a few bagfuls of shopping. Your bags are full of stuff that you didn’t even need. Does this sound like a familiar situation? Avoid the temptation, and think of participating in other activities besides shopping down at the mall. Take the kids to kick a ball down the park, or start a new hobby. Starting a new fitness regime will get the heart pumping and get your fit. You might also save a few dollars from your hard-earned pay packet.
Try to shop when only necessary. Avoid treating your shopping like a hobby.
Tip No 2 – Recycle, Reuse and Reduce (The 3R’s)
The 3R’s of Recycle, Reuse and Reduce are a really handy motto to keep in mind. Look around the house and see what possessions you own. You’ll probably be surprised at how many possessions you own, more than you thought. Over the years, we tend to accumulate many possessions, some of which we may no longer have a requirement for. If this is the case, donate these well loved possessions to someone in greater need than ourselves. Other family members, relatives or friends, or charity shops would be appreciative of donations of well loved goods to go to new homes.
Tip No 3 – Have you ever Free Cycled?
Visit the free cycle website and list any household items that you no longer require. You may also be looking for something, and rather than buy a new item, you could find something on Free Cycle. Do your bit to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfill. It is also a good feeling to give stuff away from free.
Tip No 4 – Reduce Your Consumption
Make a concerted effort to reduce your consumption around the house. This may involve changing your bad habits into good ones. Good habits to adopt that require little effort include switching off appliances at the power socket when not in use, turning off lights that would otherwise have been left on all night. Heating and cooling costs can also be easily curtailed by using appliances sparingly, and only when required. There is no need to leave heating on all night, when it only takes fifteen minutes to heat up a room.
Beat the cycle of consuming endlessly and adopt more environmentally friendly practices. It’s healthier for you, and healthier for the environment.