Do we need just one day to remind the people about saving the planet and making it a better place to live in? I guess we are done with bombarding the timelines in FB and tweeting enough about saving the planet, thanks to the World Environment Day that was celebrated a few days ago. People ( and so am I ) are back to the routines. Let me be honest, I had never been a person who adopted to green living early in my life. Yes, I was aware of the concepts but too lazy to implement them. Things changed when I became a mother and I began to take steps to be more aware and more informed. I read all about living an organic life style and discovered the world of sustainability that helped me become eco friendly.
Eco friendly living tips
Honestly, I am used to the snigger’s and raised eyebrows look I get when I talk of products that people could use as an option to make the earth a better place. I believe that everything starts at home and small steps can contribute to a a larger cause. These are my 5 eco friendly living tips that can help you reduce the carbon footprint on earth and steer you towards a greener living.
Good planets are hard to find. Let’s ensure that we protect ours for generations to come.
1. Save water
Standing under a stream of hot water is healing. Especially after a long day of work a nice hot water bath does wonders to relax you, but opt for a bucket bath when you can because you end up saving lots of water when you have a bucket bath instead of a wshower. A bucket bath makes you aware of the amount of water you are using. Keep the showers for the weekends! This is more apt for my boys who love a long shower!
Reduce your carbon footprint on earth. Refuse plastic bags and opt for recyclable shopping bags instead. These are small bags that do not take up much space and are extremely convenient to carry. Reuse what you can. Old clothes make excellent cloth dusters. You can also donate old clothes, toys and books to organisations that will give them to needy people. Recycle all that you can. Whether it is the water you washed clothes with or those wrapping papers or just newspapers. Recycle all that you can
3. Clean the organic way
There is a wide variety of organic cleaning solutions available in the market that do not use any chemicals in the products. There are loads of cleaning options at your home too with the numerous ingredients available right in your kitchen. Did you know that lemons can be excellent cleaning agents? I have written extensively about the natural cleaning options that I use at my home. You don’t need to just stop at using them. I use the Nirvaaha floor cleaner and the water used to mop the floor can be used to water the plants because the disinfectant has no chemicals. If you hand wash clothes, use organic and natural detergents from Krya and Rustic Art, the water from these can be reused as well.
4. Grow green
No, you don’t need to be a green thumb to have your own garden. You can choose to grow your own veggies that are easy to maintain. I stay in a flat where I do not have the luxury of space, but yes I do have two balconies. And I have pots filled with veggies and flowers. We just plucked a handful of ladies fingers that the boys want to eat for lunch! You know the best part? I know that not my family is eating food that has not been sprinkled with pesticides or chemicals. I have selected veggies – chillies, tomatoes, brinjals, okra and capsicum that grows in the pots. Not only is it fun, but the kids love it too!
5. Buy local
I wait for the event called Pune Farmer’s Market that is held at regular intervals in my city. It showcases some awesome stalls that sell handmade products and it also has food stalls, music and more. Keep a look for such events or go to the local market to buy your daily veggies and fruits. It makes a difference. You are not buying products that are over priced and buying local means you are encouraging the local farmers.
Living green doesn’t come naturally, I have always believed that it takes effort to live a sustainable life. The first few months when you are adopting to the change are the toughest, but rest assured that once it is crossed, it is a smooth sail!
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