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Today, we are becoming more and more aware of humanity’s strong impact on planet Earth. Normal people on up to leading scientists question sustainability, or the Earth’s ability to continue providing at the rate we request of it. In the spirit of changing this
and reducing their individual impact on Earth’s resources, many people have begun to transition into an eco-friendly lifestyle.

Sustainability, Making the Change

Making this change is a transition because for most of us, non-eco-friendly has been the way in every aspect of life. From transportation to food, non-eco-friendly habits and products are deeply instilled in us. So as such, actually making the transition requires some understanding and the desire to learn along the way. This is not an overnight change.

Transportation

Transportation requires energy, whether in the form of clean electricity or combustible gasoline systems. If you live close  to any of your daily destinations, consider walking or riding a bike. If not,carpooling and car-share services are very eco-friendly. Also consider an electric car, as these put off less emissions and require no oil drilling. Finally, review your vehicle’s efficiency: check tires and anything else that could cause the vehicle to use more energy than necessary.

Food

Eco-friendly eating is not too difficult to undertake, contrary to many popular beliefs. Organic foods are one path because organic farms use less chemicals and create much less environmental harm and waste. Eating less meat and more plants is believed by scientists to vastly reduce greenhouse emissions and the draw on resources. Reading labels and thirsting for more knowledge will ultimately enable you to make the right choices.

General Shopping

The way we consume is how we dictate to manufacturers what we accept and want. Try buying products that are marked as green. Another major consideration to ask is “Do I really need this?” If you don’t absolutely need it or will rarely use it, don’t buy it and thus ask the manufacturer to make another.

Personal Habits

Also take a look at your own habits. Do you waste the crust from bread? Do you fall asleep with the TV on? Does your toilet tank fill with a lot more water than needed? Is your fitness spa a green-minded establishment? Look around, you will probably find waste.

Try to have fun along the way. Know that this is a gradual transition and learning process. You are afterall undoing something deeply instilled in all of us today. And don’t stop asking questions or taking pride in knowing that you are making areal difference, because you are.

Thanks, Jenna