Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Living Better With Less... or 'Green' Living

(photo courtesy of UNIFORM natural's flickr)

Although I don't call myself an eco-organizer, eco-friendly, green, or use any other catchy, popular phrases, I promote a sustainable, 'living better with less' lifestyle which is at the heart of environmentalism. I don't think you have to say you're something to be it. I'm not into gimmicks, tricks, or one-size-fits-all answers. I help people change the way they see the things in their life; to see them as tools to help live the life they want, not just consuming for consuming's sake. The term reduce, reuse, recycle is in that order for a reason; recycling isn't the first step, it's the last resort. With my process, reduced, conscious consumption is the end result which is the first and most important step to living a more environmentally conscious life (whether you're looking for that or not).

While there are a ton of obvious ways to be more earth conscious:
  • turn off electricity and water when not it's not needed like when you're not in the room!
  • take your name off junk mail lists
  • don't leave your chargers plugged in when not in use
  • use natural cleaning products
  • avoid using disposable products; silverware, razors...
Here a maybe less obvious way; watch how much plastic you consume:
  • get Q-tips with cardboard stems not plastic
  • tampons with cardboard applicators not plastic
  • eggs in paper cartons not plastic
Example, I opted for a metal scooper for my litter box instead of plastic. If properly kept it will last a very long time and when it's done it can be recycled rather than tossed in the trash.


Laura PARING DOWN said...

Thanks for reminding me of such easy ways to be more conscious of the environment - no extra effort required.

aiisa g said...

Great post. I think you can also call this smarter, common sense living.

laura said...

aiisa: couldn't agree more!

Sam said...

Hi !

I have just come across your blog and i LOVE it!
Will you ever be showing tips on organising diaries , desks, paperwork? I would love to see that!

Best Wishes
Sam (Bath, UK) x

laura said...

hi sam
thanks for your kind words :O)

i'm bad with figuring how to add a link to a comment, but i have posted about that. there is a paperwork section under 'labels' :O)

thanks for reading!