By G Cropper
For as long as can be remembered, people everywhere have been encouraged to ‘go green’ but is it easily done?
For many the notion of going green means changing a number of things from switching to organic produce, shopping for products with renewable packaging and of course opting to power their homes with renewable energy. These changes are often considered too costly and inconvenient for the average home owner after-all who has the time to find an organic only supermarket and renewable energy certainly isn’t affordable is it?
Contrary to popular belief, making your home greener couldn’t be easier! From local supermarkets now offering a range of organic produce and products with recyclable packaging, to a vast number of green energy providers offering tariffs that are more than suitable for the average home owner; how could it be difficult?
Making the shift to greener solutions is no longer inconceivable and perhaps as costly as it once was, we can all now easily make a number of changes that may positively impact the environment. As a result, there are many around the world that are now proud to shout about the green changes they have made; from the average home owner to politicians and celebrities but are you following suit for the right reasons?
Going green can vastly improve the state of today’s environment but are you making changes because you know exactly what kind of positive impact you are having or simply because your favourite celebrity is doing so?
If you are considering going green, knowing what impact certain changes may have is a great way to ensure that you keep going, for all the right reasons…
Have you ever considered how much effort and how many materials are required to build that sofa or to ensure that your plastic bottle of milk reaches you in the best condition possible? Shopping with sustainable companies ensures that less resources are being used which means that trees and plants are not entirely destroyed and ultimately there is less non-degradable waste to damage the environment.
For businesses in particular, by going green you actually can cut costs by a surprising margin. From opting for refillable ink cartridges in the printer to ensuring all monitors are switched off at the end of the day you would be surprised as to how much energy you save and what impact this conservation can have on the environment.
From leaving your lights on for hours to keeping appliances on standby; did you know that overuse of energy is one of the biggest causes of environmental damage? Although alternative, renewable energy resources are growing in popularity, the majority of homes still use gas and fuel; the production of which causes immense damage to the environment. If you do still use these traditional methods in your home then keep this simple math equation in mind; the less you use, the less is produced and in return the less damage there will be on the environment.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
We are all responsible for our own carbon footprint i.e. the effect every single one of our actions has on the environment. The certain lifestyle changes you make will ultimately reduce the contribution you make to the release of damaging carbon dioxide into the environment. You may not be able to save the entire planet but by opting to choose sustainable products that will ensure less trees are destroyed, limiting your use of energy, choosing to travel by public transport to minimize your use of harmful fumes released from your vehicle along with many other changes will ensure that if nothing else, you can rest easy knowing that you have done your part.
Do you know why you are going green?
G Cropper is the Associate Director at Community Windpower