How many times do you sit down to watch the evening news and see stories about global warming, deforestation, ocean dumping, or climate change? Its getting pretty scary huh?
We're using up our natural resources and polluting our land, seas, and air at an astounding rate. It makes you wonder what kind of world we're leaving to our children and grandchildren. Its obvious that if we don't smarten up and start being more responsible they're going to be left with a bleak future.
The good news is that its not too late to change our ways! If each of us makes a commitment to waste less we can have a profound impact on our environment.
If you're ready to start "living green" all you have to do is remember the 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Let's take a quick look at each.
Reduce. For many people this is the hardest part of green living because it means we have to change the way we think. The theme here is "use less" and its really easy when you think about it. We all buy so much stuff that we don't even use! And its not just the product itself that's wasted. It's all the packaging and the resources and fuel it took to manufacture and transport it to you.
Buy items that will last longer. Not only will you use less resources you'll also save money! Do you really need the latest gadget or is last year's model still getting the job done?
Reuse. How many times do you throw something away even when its got plenty of life left in it. Instead of just tossing it aside try to think if you or someone else can still make use of it.
Save jelly jars and coffee pots for storage. Plastic shopping bags can be used again and again. Some supermarkets even give you a small discount when you bring your own bags.
If you really can't reuse something give it away. There are thousands of poor children that would love to have the old toys your kids no longer play with. Or you can hold a yard sale to get rid of old stuff instead of trashing it.
Recycle. This is the R that gets most of the press and most people are already following it. Most towns have scheduled pickup times for paper, cardboard, bottles, and cans which makes recycling easy. But you can contact your town to find out what other products can be dropped off for recycling. Many municipalities will accept all sorts of materials including batteries, paint, motor oil, tires, and electronics.
As you can see, following the 3 R's is a painless way to help support the green living movement. What other ideas can you think of?