Going green does not only involve recycling. Going green involves much more. Basically, it means to live life, as an individual as well as a community, in a way that is respectful to the natural environmental and is sustainable for the earth. It means contributing towards maintaining the natural ecological balance in the environment, and preserving the planet and its natural systems and resources. It also means taking steps, whether big or small, to minimize the harm you do to the environment (including the carbon footprints you leave behind), as a result of inhabiting this planet.
You can go green with just adopting five basic principles in your daily life:
Walk or ride your bike whenever possible. One of the best things you can do to help stop pollution is to stop using your car for short trips. If the weather is nice and you don’t have to go too far, consider walking or riding your bike. You will help reduce air pollution and you will get some exercise and fresh air in the process.
Use public transportation. Riding the bus, train, or subway is another great way to avoid using your personal vehicle and reduce carbon emissions.
Recycle everything that you can. Almost everything that you buy can be recycled. Try to avoid products that do not have a recycle symbol on the package or that are made of mixed materials that may not be easy to recycle.
Dispose of toxic waste properly. Some substances should not be thrown out with the trash, because they'll seep into the ground and poison the groundwater. If you have a toxic chemical and you're not sure how to throw it away, contact your local sanitation department to find out where there's a toxic waste disposal site
Preserving natural resources
Make sure to use your washer and dryer when you have a full load. You could save 1,000 gallons of water a month!
Replace your old light bulbs with energy saving fluorescent bulbs. Sure, they may cost more money, but you will save on your energy bill in the future and they last longer.
Try shortening your shower by just a minute. You could save 150 gallons of water a month!
Print double-sided. If possible, advocate to make your office or school paper-free.
Turn off lights and electronics when you are not in the room. You can also unplug them for even more energy savings.
Choose organically grown fruits and vegetables. Organic fruits and vegetables are grown by farmers who use sustainable farming practices.
Producing Less Waste
Bring reusable bags and containers when shopping, traveling, or packing lunches or leftovers.
Shop at second-hand stores. You can find great used and unused clothes at low cost to you and the environment. Buy quality clothing that won't wear out and can be handed down, whether to other people you know or on to a thrift store.
Compost food scraps and yard waste.
Purchase items such as dish soap and laundry detergents in concentrate forms.
Buy reusable items. Lots of waste is generated by disposable cups, plates, utensils and storage containers for food.
If possible, plant native plants instead of non-native varieties in your yard. Many environmental weeds originate from individuals' gardens. Seeds can be spread by the wind or birds.
The reduction of consumption of paper products, buying recycled and recycling whenever possible can help to slow the rate of extinction for species that live in wooded areas.
Going green also reduces the threat to marine wildlife that dies each year as a result of encountering pollutants or trash in the water supply.
Our extensive un-conscious activity causes harm to the environment. We loose priceless natural resources, fresh air, water, forests, animals, birds, fish, insects, etc. By adopting green daily habits, we can significantlychange the course of our planet and preserve its life for future generations.