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.

5 comments:

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!